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The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase

The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase takes place annually on Day Two of Cheltenham’s International meeting, serving as the second race of this incredible day of National Hunt horse racing.

The International provides a festive feast of spectacular horse racing with the perfect combination of hurdles and steeplechases for a mixture of elite racehorses and juvenile hopefuls, even including its very own Gold Cup on Day Two.

Over the two days, horse racing fanatics can expect to witness 15 wonderful races including a higher-value featured race each day. These featured races are The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Unibet International Hurdle on Day Two.

The Cheltenham International Festival 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 Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase is a Class 2 National Hunt steeplechase for novices that features on the fixture list of The International at Cheltenham Racecourse every year.

Open to novice horses aged four years old and above, The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase stretches 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 127 yards of Cheltenham’s New Course and features 17 fences along its track.

With such a small field of contenders, almost every position is to fight for for a chance at a share of this race’s £20,000 prize pool. Each of the first four positions are worth the following amounts:

1st place – £12,512

2nd place – £3,696

3rd place – £1,848

4th place – £924

The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase will take place on Saturday the 11th of December 2021, commencing at 12:40.

Runners

The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase is only the second race of Day Two at Cheltenham’s International meeting, but the atmosphere will already be buzzing with peak excitement levels. The runners of this great race will be sure to maintain this enthralling atmosphere with an enthusiastic, high-quality performance.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Day Two of The International Meeting 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Fusil Raffles (FR) – first-place finish – 16/5 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Nicky Henderson
  2. Chantry House (IRE) – third-place finish – 8/11 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  3. Lieutenant Rocco (IRE) – second-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Nick Mitchell
  4. Quel Destin (FR) – Pulled Up – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls

It’s not unusual to see a field this small in The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase. The 2019 edition was another great example of how competitive this race can be:

  1. Topofthecotswolds (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-8 – assigned jockey Jamie Bargary and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  2. Good Boy Bobby (IRE) – second-place finish – 9/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  3. Beakstown (IRE) – third-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  4. Champagne Platinum (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson
  5. Garo De Juilley (FR) – fourth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Sophie Leech
  6. Mister Fisher (IRE) – first-place finish – 15/8 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  7. Nestor Park (FR) – Pulled Up – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Adrian Heskin and trained by Ben Pauling

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Odds

Considering the average size of the field that compete in The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase, it’s astounding how high the odds can go.

Last year’s four-horse race included 16/1 Lieutenant Rocco, who managed a second-place finish ahead of 8/11 race favourite Chantry House. This race was won by 16/5 second-favourite Fusil Raffles who turned £10 outright stakes into £42 returns – that’s £32 profit from the race’s second-favourite.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last time out in 2020, the winner of The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase was 16/5 second-favourite Fusil Raffles, ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Nicky Henderson.

16/1 outsider Lieutenant Rocco finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 8/11 race favourite Chantry House in third.

2019

The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse was won by 15/8 race favourite Mister Fisher in 2019, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

9/4 second favourite Good Boy Bobby finished a length and a quarter behind the leader in second place, followed by 4/1 third-favourite Beakstown in third place and 33/1 outsider Garo De Juilley in fourth.

2018

On Day Two of The International at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2018, the winner of The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase was 3/1 joint second-favourite Drovers Lane, ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Rebecca Curtis.

3/1 joint second-favourite Le Breuil finished a length and a half behind the leader in second place, followed by 3/1 joint second-favourite Jenkins in third place and 20/1 outsider Dentley De Mee in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, 10/1 least likely Kalondra won The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices Steeple Chase in Cheltenham, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily and trained by Neil Mulholland.

4/1 third-favourite Coo Star Sivola finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 11/8 race favourite Movewiththetimes in third place and 7/4 second-favourite Jameson in fourth.

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