The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race will be the final race of The International meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse this December, just as it usually is.
The Cheltenham International is a two-day National Hunt horse racing meeting that offers 15 brilliant National Hunt races, including two higher-value featured races, The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Unibet International Hurdle on Day Two.
A Gold Cup is also to be fought for in The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Steeple Chase which takes place on the second day of the meeting at 13:50.
This year’s Cheltenham International will take place on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December 2021 at Cheltenham Racecourse. For all The International meeting’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.
About the Race
The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race is a Class 2 National Hunt handicap hurdle that concludes Day One of The Cheltenham International every December.
Open to horses aged four years old and above, The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race consists of a race distance of 2 miles, 7 furlongs and 213 yards, and features 12 hurdles for the elite contenders to negotiate.
The prize pool for this race is £17,500, which is to be shared between the first four horses to successfully pass the final post. Each position is assigned the following amount:
1st place – £10,948
2nd place – £3,234
3rd place – £1,617
4th place – £808
The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race will conclude Day One of The Cheltenham International at 15:35 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.
The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race is the final race of the day on Day One of The International at Cheltenham Racecourse and each of the competitors are keen to provide a lasting impression and trott away with the lion’s share of the purse.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Day One of The International Meeting 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Unowhatimeanharry (GB) – tenth-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Kevin Brogan and trained by Harry Fry
- On The Blind Side (IRE) – second-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-11 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
- Agrapart (FR) – fourth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Chester Williams and trained by Nick Williams
- Mohaayed (GB) – third-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Bridget Andrews and trained by Dan Skelton
- Sykes (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-12 – assigned jockey Matt Griffiths and trained by Nicky Martin
- Boyhood (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Tom George
- Dell’ Arca (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-6 – assigned jockey Fergus Gillard and trained by David Pipe
- And The New (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Johnny Farrelly
- Vive Le Roi (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Harry Bannister and trained by A W Carroll
- Cotswold Way (IRE) – eleventh-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-3 – ridden by jockey Micheal Nolan and trained by Philip Hobbs
- Impulsive Star (IRE) – Pulled Up – 22/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Sam Waley-Cohen and trained by Robert Waley-Cohen
- Come On Teddy (IRE) – first-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Tom George
- Broughtons Admiral (GB) – eighth-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe
- Goodbye Dancer (FR) – seventh-place – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
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Odds on The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race are some of the best of The International at Cheltenham as punters look to take advantage of the final race of the day and either earn back their losses or gamble their accumulated winnings.
The highest-priced competitors of The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race last time out were 40/1 outsiders Boyhood and Unowhatimeanharry, who finished in ninth and tenth respectively. The winner of this race was 11/2 priced Come On Teddy, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £65 in returns.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
The winner of The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse last December was 11/2 joint second-favourite Come On Teddy, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Tom George.
4/1 race favourite On The Blind Side finished five and a half lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 7/1 priced Mohaayed in third place and 14/1 outsider Agrapart in fourth.
The final race of Day One at The International 2019, The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race, was won by 13/2 third-favourite Goodbye Dancer, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien.
11/4 race favourite Ask Ben finished a length and three-quarters behind the leader in second place, followed by 9/1 outsider Champers On Ice in third place and 7/1 priced Falco Blitz in fourth.
15/2 third-favourite Aaron Lad won The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2018, ridden by jockey Charlie Hammond and trained by Dr Richard Newland.
14/1 outsider Keeper Hill finished 3 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 22/1 longer outsider Wicked Willy in third place and 10/1 priced Dans Le Vent in fourth.
Back in 2017, The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race on Day One of The International was won by 6/1 third-favourite Arthur’s Gift, ridden by jockey Tom Humphries and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.
33/1 outsider Sykes finished a length and three-quarters behind the leader in second place, followed by 7/1 priced Jester Jet in third place and 12/1 outsider Shantou Bob in fourth.