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The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase

The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase is the third race that takes place on Day Two of The International meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse every December.

The Cheltenham International is a two-day National Hunt meeting that offers 15 wonderful horse races, including a featured race each day in the form of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Friday, Day One, and The Unibet International Hurdle on Saturday, Day Two.

Day Two also presents The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Chase which gathers global attention and sees one successful contestant attaining an early-season taste of Gold Cup glory.

Take nothing away from the other 12 races, though, as they all add a unique twist to the occasion and are every bit as important to the competitors as the Cheltenham Gold Cup itself.

The International will take place at Cheltenham Racecourse 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 Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase is a Class 2 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as much more than just a warmup race for The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase measures 2 miles and 62 yards of Cheltenham’s world-class racecourse and features 14 fences along its track of the New Course.

The prize pool for this race is £24,000, which is to be shared between the first four horses to successfully pass the final post. Each placement position is assigned the following amount:

1st place – £15,014

2nd place – £4,435

3rd place – £2,218

4th place – £1,109

The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase will begin at 13:15 on Saturday the 11th of December 2021.

Runners

The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase is contended annually by some of the biggest names in the industry in terms of horses, jockeys and trainers. Usually consisting of a moderately sized field, each and every competitor gives this race their absolute best for a chance of a share of its generous purse.

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. Magic Saint (FR) – fourth-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Bryan Carver and trained by Paul Nicholls
  2. Forest Bihan (FR) – Fell – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Brian Ellison
  3. Capeland (FR) – sixth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  4. Gino Trail (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-3 – ridden by jockey Connor Brace and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  5. Zanza (IRE) – Fell – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs
  6. Born Survivor (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  7. Ibleo (FR) – second-place finish – 10/3 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Charlie Deutsch and trained by Venetia Williams
  8. Nietzsche (GB) – third-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Brian Ellison
  9. Sky Pirate (GB) – first-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-1 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Jonjo O’Neill

Tips

The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase provides a fantastic opportunity to bet on your favourite horses, whether you’re attending live at the home of jump racing in Gloucestershire or you’re watching live from the comfort of your own home via racing.tv.

There’s no need to be an expert in horse racing either, thanks to our team of professional horse racing tipsters and their well researched Cheltenham betting tips.

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Odds

Whether you prefer to bet big on the favourites or dabble on the motivated outsiders, The International meeting at Cheltenham can be a very profitable betting opportunity.

Odds on last year’s Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase ranged from 10/3 on the race favourite Ibleo, to 25/1 on the longest outsider Forest Bihan. The winner of this brilliant edition of the race was 4/1 joint second-favourite Sky Pirate, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £50 in returns.

Previous Winners

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

2020

Last year’s winner of The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase at The International was 4/1 joint second-favourite Sky Pirate, ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Jonjo O’Neill.

10/3 race favourite Ibleo finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 9/1 outsider Nietzsche in third place and 4/1 joint second-favourite Magic Saint in fourth.

2019

At Cheltenham Racecourse in 2019, The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase was won by 12/1 outsider Northern Beau, ridden by jockey Brendan Powell and trained by Michael Scudamore.

5/1 second-favourite Eamon An Cnoic finished two and a quarter lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 11/2 third-favourite Ballywood in third place and 14/1 outsider Art Of Payroll in fourth.

2018

The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase on Day Two of Cheltenham’s International meeting 2018 was won by 11/4 second-favourite Ozzie The Oscar, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs.

5/4 race favourite Bun Doran finished three and a half lengths behind the leader in second place, followed by 8/1 outsider Theinval in third place and 6/1 priced Yorkist in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, the winner of The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase at The International in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire was 7/2 second-favourite Gino Trail, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Kerry Lee.

3/1 race favourite Bun Doran finished a length and a quarter behind the leader in second place, followed by 11/2 priced Bentelimar in third place and 6/1 Theo in fourth.

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