The penultimate race to run on Day One of The Cheltenham International every December is The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase.
The International is a wonderful two-day National Hunt horse racing meeting that offers 15 excellent horse races, consisting of a mix of race styles such as hurdles, steeplechases and a cross country race.
There is a higher-value feature race on each of the two days as well, which are known as The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Unibet International Hurdle on Day Two. The Cheltenham International also has its very own Gold Cup which is presented in The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, a handicap steeplechase, on Day Two.
The International 2021 is scheduled to take place exactly two weeks before Christmas on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December 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 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase is a Class 2 National Hunt cross country handicap steeplechase that takes place on Day One of Cheltenham’s International meeting every year.
Horses aged five years old and above can participate in The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase, which runs a lengthy course distance of 3 miles, 6 furlongs and 37 yards of the New Course in Cheltenham and features 32 fences along its route.
A generous £28,000 is up for grabs, which is shared proportionately amongst the first four horses to successfully complete this magnificent race in the following manner:
1st place – £17,517
2nd place – £5,174
3rd place – £2,587
4th place – £1,294
The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase will start at 15:00 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.
The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase is an excellent, highly-competitive handicap race that is contested by a medium-sized field annually with every placement position paying a significant sum more than the last.
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):
- Step Back (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Mark Bradstock
- Neverushacon (IRE) – Pulled Up – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington
- Kingswell Theatre (GB) – seventh-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Michael Scudamore
- Some Neck (FR) – first-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey B Harvey and trained by John McConnell
- Out Sam (GB) – fourth-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Gordon Elliott
- Little Bruce (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-3 – assigned jockey Thomas Dowson and trained by Philip Kirby
- Beau Du Brizais (FR) – fifth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Michael Nolan and trained by Philip Hobbs
- Vivas (FR) – Pulled Up – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey Sam-Twiston Davies and trained by Charlie Longsdon
- My Hometown (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Darragh O’Keeffe and trained by Enda Bolger
- Defi Des Carres (FR) – second-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Harry Bannister and trained by Charlie Mann
- De Forgotten One (GB) – third-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-1 – ridden by jockey Felix de Giles and trained by Richard Hobson
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When it comes to how good the odds can be for The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase, you only need to look back to last December when 18/1 outsider Some Neck came out on top, turning £10 outright stakes that backed him into £190 in returns.
Some Neck wasn’t even the highest-price contender in this edition of the race – that was 20/1 outsider Vivas who unfortunately had to pull up after a culmination of mistakes after the 10th obstacle.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year’s edition of The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase was won by 18/1 outsider Some Neck, ridden by jockey B Harvey and trained by John McConnell.
16/1 outsider Defi Des Carres finished just a short head behind the leader in second place, followed by 7/2 race favourite De Forgotten One in third place and 6/1 joint second-favourite Out Sam in fourth.
5/2 race favourite Easysland won The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase at The International 2019, ridden by jockey Jonathon Plouganou and trained by David Cottin.
10/1 outsider Amazing Comedy finished 7 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 33/1 huge outsider Out Sam in third place and 8/1 priced Chic Name in fourth.
On Friday the 14th December 2018, the winner of The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse was 6/1 priced Fact Of The Matter, ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Jamie Snowden.
8/1 priced My Hometown finished just a neck behind the leader in second place, followed by 7/2 joint race favourite Josies Orders in third place and the other joint-favourite Amazing Comedy in fourth.
Back in 2017, outsider Bless The Wings won The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase with a starting price of 12/1, ridden by jockey Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott.
7/1 priced Cantlow finished two and a half lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 11/4 race favourite Josies Orders in third place and 4/1 joint second-favourite Kingswell Theatre in fourth.