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The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase

The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase is the second race that takes place at Cheltenham’s International meeting just a few weeks before Christmas every year.

The International is a spectacular two-day horse racing event that hosts 15 brilliant National Hunt horse races every December, including a featured race on each day. These two featured races are The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Unibet International Hurdle on Day Two.

The Cheltenham International also features its very own Gold Cup during the seven-race card of Day Two, known as The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase.

This year’s edition of The International at Cheltenham Racecourse will take place on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December 2021. 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 International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase is a Class 2 National Hunt steeplechase for novices that is run on Day One of The International at Cheltenham Racecourse every year.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase features 21 fences along its 3 mile, 1 furlong and 56 yard running of the New Course at Cheltenham.

The first four runners to successfully pass the final post will take home a share of The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase’s £20,000 prize pool, with the following amounts assigned to each placement position:

1st place – £12,520

2nd place – £3,696

3rd place – £1,848

4th place – £924

The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase will begin at 12:05 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

Runners

The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase is a fiercely contested steeplechase that sees the novice runners compete aggressively for their share of the purse each and every year.

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):

  1. Happygolucky (IRE) – first-place finish – 13/8 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Kim Bailey
  2. L’Air Du Vent (FR) – Pulled Up – 10/3 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard
  3. The Mighty Don (IRE) – second-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey James Davies and trained by Nick Gifford
  4. Fabulous Saga (FR) – Pulled Up – 13/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  5. Hold The Note (IRE) – third-place finish – 10/3 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Mick Channon

Tips

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Odds

Just like any other race hosted by the home of jump racing in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, odds for The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase are as generous as possible, with bookies fighting amongst each other for your custom.

The highest-priced horse at The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase in 2020 was 8/1 priced The Mighty Don, who finished in second place behind 13/8 race favourite Happygolucky.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year’s winner of The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase was 13/8 race favourite Happygolucky, ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Kim Bailey.

8/1 outsider The Mighty Don finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 10/3 joint second-favourite Hold The Note in third place.

The only other two competitors, 10/3 joint second-favourite L’Air Du Vent and 13/2 priced Fabulous Saga, both pulled up at various stages of the race.

2019

On Day One of The International at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2019, The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase was won by 2/1 race favourite Pym, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

6/1 priced Imperial Aura finished 8 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 6/1 priced Aye Aye Charlie in third place.

4/1 third-favourite Rockpoint refused to race and took no part, while 11/4 second favourite Stoney Mountain unseated rider Richard Johnson after the sixth fence.

2018

The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase was won by 7/4 race favourite The Worlds End in 2018, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Tom George.

7/2 third favourite Ibis Du Rheu finished 26 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 9/2 priced Gunfleet in third place.

The only other contender in this edition of The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase was 2/1 second-favourite Lil Rockerfeller who unseated rider Wayne Hutchinson after a great start to the race.

2017

Back in 2017, The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase was won by 2/1 race favourite Sizing Tennessee, ridden by jockey Bryan Cooper and trained by Colin Tizzard.

9/4 second-favourite Duel At Dawn finished 6 lengths behind the leader in second place, while 5/2 third-favourite Tintern Theatre unseated rider Thomas Bellamy and 11/2 priced Coastal Tiep pulled up before two out. These were the only four contenders in this edition of The International Decorative Surfaces Novices Steeple Chase.

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