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The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race

The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race is the fifth race run annually at Cheltenham’s November Meeting for Paddy Power Day, taking place immediately after the meeting’s main event, The Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

As you likely guessed, The November Meeting takes place every November. Hosted by Cheltenham Racecourse, it offers 19 brilliant races over three days including three high-value feature races.

These feature races are The Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase on Countryside Day, The Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Paddy Power Day and The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race on The November Meeting Sunday, offering £246,000 in prize money between them.

This year’s edition of The November Meeting is scheduled to commence on Friday the 12th and conclude on Sunday the 14th of November 2021. For all The November 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 Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race is a listed National Hunt handicap hurdle race that is run on the old course of Cheltenham Racecourse every year for The November Meeting.

Stretching a distance of 2 miles, 7 furlongs and 208 yards, just short of 3 miles, The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race features 12 hurdles and is open to horses aged 4 and above.

The purse for this race sits around £24,000, which is shared amongst the first four placing competitors in the following manner:

  • 1st place – £13,668
  • 2nd place – £5,129
  • 3rd place – £2,568
  • 4th place – £1,279

The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race will be the fifth race of Day Two, Paddy Power Day, at The November Meeting 2021. The race is planned to begin at 14:50.

Runners

Every competitor in The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race puts on a spectacular performance every single year, regardless of their starting price. Even if you only dabble in a bit of horse racing betting here and there, you’ll likely recognise some big names in this starting lineup.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race last time out at The November Meeting 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Tobefair (GB) – fourth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Thomas Bellamy and trained by Debra Hamer
  2. On The Blind Side (IRE) – first-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  3. Tea Clipper (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Jonathon Burke and trained by Tom Lacey
  4. Dandy Dan (IRE) – tenth-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Conor Gethings and trained by Kim Bailey
  5. Golan Fortune (IRE) – third-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-12 – ridden by jockey Sam Lee and trained by Phil Middleton
  6. Poker Play (FR) – eighth-place finish – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-10 – ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by David Pipe
  7. Who’s My Jockey (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Richard Hobson
  8. Good Man Pat (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Alan King
  9. Weather Front (USA) – fifth-place finish – 17/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-6 – ridden by jockey Conor O’Farrell and trained by Iain Jardine
  10. Dell’ Arca (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 10-6 – assigned jockey Fergus Gillard and trained by David Pipe
  11. Mrs Milner (IRE) – second-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-5 – ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Paul Nolan
  12. Debestyman (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Micheal Nolan and trained by Suzy Smith

Tips

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Odds

The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race is an extremely competitive race where you’ll seldom find a particularly clear favourite. This means you get great prices on horses whether they’re favourites or outsiders.

Last year’s winner was 7/1 third-favourite On The Blind Side, who will have turned £10 outright backing stakes into £70 in profits. Odds for this edition of The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race at The November Meeting ranged from 4/1 for the favourites to 28/1 for Poker Play, the least likely competitor.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

Last year, The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse was won by 7/1 joint third-favourite On The Blind Side, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

4/1 joint-favourite Mrs Milner finished just a neck behind the leader in second-place, followed by joint 4/1 favourite Golan Fortune in third and 14/1 outsider Tobefair in fourth.

2019

14/1 outsider Golan Fortune won The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race at The November Meeting in 2019, ridden by jockey Sam Lee and trained by Phil Middleton.

10/1 Eminent Poet finished two and a half lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 11/2 third-favourite Tobefair in third and 4/1 second-favourite Smackwater Jack in fourth by a neck.

2018

In 2018, The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race at The November Meeting was won by 6/4 race favourite First Assignment, ridden by jockey Tom O’Brien and trained by Ian Williams.

10/1 outsider Boyhood finished 9 lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 25/1 longer outsider Goodbye Dancer in third-place and 7/1 Sweet Home Chicago in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, The Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse was won by 13/8 race favourite Thomas Campbell, ridden by jockey James Bowen and trained by Nicky Henderson.

8/1 race hopeful Anteros finished two and a half lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 13/2 Rocky’s Treasure in third and 20/1 outsider Nuits Premier Cru in fourth.

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