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The Unibet International Hurdle

The Unibet International Hurdle is the penultimate and featured race of Day Two, and the main event of the entire International Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse every year.

Hosted by the home of jump racing in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire every December, The Cheltenham International offers 15 fantastically festive races across two days of glorious National Hunt racing.

The event treats horse racing fanatics to two magical afternoons of elite horse racing with a mixture of hurdle and steeplechase races, including a featured race each day in the form of The Unibet Handicap Steeple Chase on Day One and The Unibet International Hurdle on Day Two.

There is also a Gold Cup chase on Day Two which offers six figures in prize money split between its top four competitors every Winter.

The International meeting 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 Unibet International Hurdle is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race that serves as the features race of The International meeting every December.

Open to elite horses aged four years and above, The Unibet International Hurdle features a fairly short New Course length of 2 miles and 179 yards which consists of just 8 hurdles for the contenders to negotiate.

The purse for this incredible, intense race is £112,000, which is to be shared between the first four successful contenders in the following manner:

1st place – £63,784

2nd place – £23,934

3rd place – £11,984

4th place – £5,970

The Unibet International Hurdle will be the featured race of Day Two at The International meeting 2021, beginning at 15:00 on Saturday the 11th of December 2021.

Runners

The Unibet International Hurdle is the race everybody has been waiting for and the race every contestant has been thinking about all year round. Always expect a large field of elite runners in this incredible National Hunt hurdle race.

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. Ballyandy (GB) – third-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  2. Call Me Lord (FR) – seventh-place finish – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey James Bowen and trained by Nicky Henderson
  3. Sceau Royal (FR) – fourth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Alan King
  4. Song For Someone (GER) – first-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Tom Symonds
  5. Summerville Boy (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Tom George
  6. Silver Streak (IRE) – second-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Evan Williams
  7. Ch’tibello (FR) – sixth-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  8. Goshen (FR) – tenth-place finish – 6/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Jamie Moore and trained by Gary Moore
  9. Stormy Ireland (FR) – ninth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  10. Verdana Blue (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 17/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson

Tips

The Unibet International Hurdle is an extraordinary race and one you certainly don’t want to miss out on when it comes to placing a few bets.

Thanks to our team of knowledgeable, professional horse racing betting tipsters, you don’t need to be an expert in the field to walk away from The International, or any other Cheltenham meeting, with a bulging wallet.

Free bets, boosted odds, paid extra places and even cashback on losses promotions will be made available right here too, so you can head straight to the relevant bookmakers, place your low risk – high reward bets, then sit back and enjoy the races as they unfold.

Odds

Odds for The Unibet International Hurdle are some of the best seen throughout the entire National Hunt horse racing calendar. With a fairly small field, the 2020 edition of the race still saw prices as high as 28/1.

The winner of The Unibet International Hurdle last time out was 6/1 priced Song For Someone, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £70 for those that had enough faith to back him. With the help of a £10 free bet, this could have been £60 in risk-free profits.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Unibet International Hurdle, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

The winner of The Unibet International Hurdle last time out in 2020 was 6/1 second-favourite Song For Someone, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Tom Symonds.

10/1 priced Silver Streak finished just a nose behind the leader in second place, followed by 14/1 outsider Ballyandy in third place and 10/1 priced Sceau Royal in fourth.

2019

The Unibet International Hurdle was won by 2/1 race favourite Call Me Lord at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2019, ridden by jockey James Bowen and trained by Nicky Henderson.

12/1 outsider Ballyandy finished just a neck behind the leader in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Ch’tibello in third place and 8/1 priced Monsieur Lecoq in fourth.

2018

It was 7/1 priced Brain Power that won The Unibet International Hurdle at The International 2018, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

9/2 joint second-favourite Silver Streak finished a length and three quarters behind the leader in second place, followed by 4/1 race favourite Western Ryder in third place and 13/2 priced We Have A Dream in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, the winner of The Unibet International Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse was 5/1 third-favourite My Tent Or Yours, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Nicky Henderson.

5/2 race favourite The New One finished a length and a quarter behind the leader in second place, followed by 7/4 second-favourite Melon in third place and 15/2 priced Ch’tibello in fourth.

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