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The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase

The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase is the sixth race that takes place on a festive winters afternoon every year for The Cheltenham International meeting.

The International, a two-day elite horse racing extravaganza that takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse every December, offers 15 brilliant races including a featured race on each day.

Christmas comes early for those in attendance as they witness the running of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Unibet International Hurdle on Day Two. The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup also takes place on Day Two, with contenders of future Cheltenham Gold Cups getting an early-season taste of Gold Cup glory.

The International at Cheltenham Racecourse is scheduled to take place on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December 2021, just a few weeks before Christmas Day.

About the Race

The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as the featured race of Day One at Cheltenham’s International meeting every year.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase stretches a distance of 3 miles and 2 furlongs along the New Course of Cheltenham, featuring 21 fences along its route for the competitors to negotiate.

The first four horses to complete this race intact will receive a share of the £40,000 prize pool, which is shared in the following fashion:

1st place – £22,780

2nd place – £8,548

3rd place – £4,280

4th place – £2,132

The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase will begin at 14:25 on Friday the 10th of December 2021.

Runners

The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase, being the featured race of Day One at The International, is fiercely contested by its competitors every year with hopes of taking home a share of the sizable purse this race has to offer.

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. Black Corton (FR) – Pulled Up – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls
  2. West Approach (GB) – Pulled Up – 8/1 stating price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Colin Tizzard
  3. Court Maid (IRE) – third-place finish – 11/8 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Tom Mullins
  4. Steely Addition (IRE) – Pulled Up – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Micheal Nolan and trained by Philip Hobbs
  5. Storm Control (IRE) – first-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-3 – ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee
  6. Commodore (FR) – Unseated Rider – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by Venetia Williams
  7. Potters Legend (GB) – second-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-1 – ridden by jockey Jack Quinlan and trained by Lucy Wadham

Tips

As the featured race of Day One at The International, The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase provides an excellent opportunity to place some bets and get involved with the hysteria this exceptional race creates.

If you’re not sure where to start with your bet slips, check out our expertly crafted, diligently researched betting tips to ensure you have the best chance of cashing in on this incredible horse racing event this December.

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Odds

The best odds for The Cheltenham International can be found right here, alongside our knowledgeable tips and generous promo codes.

The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase had a fairly small field last time out so the odds were very competitive. Storm Control took home this race’s first-place prize with a starting price of 5/1, turning £10 outright backing bets into £60 in returns.

The highest-priced competitor in this edition of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase was Steely Addition with a 25/1 starting price, who unfortunately pulled up after a mistake at the seventeenth fence.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year’s edition of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse was won by 5/1 second-favourite Storm Control, ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee.

7/1 joint third-favourite Potters Legend finished just a length behind the leader in second place, followed by 11/8 race favourite Court Maid in third place. This edition of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase was contested by seven runners and completed by just three.

2019

On Day One of The International 2019, The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase was won by 5/1 third-favourite Cogry, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.

10/1 outsider Rock The Kasbah finished just a short head behind the leader in second place, followed by 7/2 second-favourite West Approach in third place and 7/1 priced Singlefarmpayment in fourth. This edition of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase was contested by 11 runners and completed by just 7.

2018

The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase was won by 9/1 outsider Cogry at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2018, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.

5/1 third-favourite Singlefarmpayment finished just a head behind the leader in second place, followed by 16/1 outsider Rolling Dylan in third place and 7/2 race favourite Theatre Territory in fourth. This edition of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase was contested by 9 runners and completed by just 7.

2017

Back in 2017, The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham International was won by 7/4 second-favourite Robinsfirth, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.

8/1 outsider Shanroe Santos finished 2 lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 11/2 third-favourite Southfield Theatre in third place and 5/4 race favourite Wotzizname in fourth. This edition of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase was contested by 5 runners and completed by all.

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