The South West Syndicate Handicap Steeple Chase is the second race to be run annually on Paddy Power/Gold Cup Day at The November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Offering 19 brilliant races, The November Meeting takes place every November in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire at the weekend around the middle of the month.
There are 6 races on day one including The Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase, 7 races on day two including the featured race of the meeting – The Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase, and back to 6 races on day three including The Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle Race.
The three days are known better by their respective names, with Day One known as Countryside Day, Day Two known as Paddy Power Day and Day Three known as The November Meeting Sunday.
The November Meeting 2021 is scheduled to take place from Friday the 12th until Sunday the 14th of November. 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 South West Syndicate Handicap Steeplechase is a Class 3 National Hunt handicap steeplechase open to horses aged four years old and above that takes place annually on Day Two of The November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Measuring a total race length of 3 miles, 1 furlong and 67 yards and consisting of 20 fences for the conditional jockeys and amateur riders to jump, the prize pool for this race is £20,000 which is shared proportionately between the first four horses to place in the following fashion:
- 1st place – £12,086
- 2nd place – £3,549
- 3rd place – £1,774
- 4th place – £887
The South West Syndicate Handicap Steeple Chase will be the second race of Paddy Power Day at The November Meeting 2021, commencing at 13:05 on Saturday the 13th of November.
The South West Syndicate Handicap Steeple Chase often features some of the most well-known elite racehorses, who consistently provide excellent performances year after year, proving their worth.
Last year’s race was an incredibly tense edition with less than a length between the top three competitors. Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at The November Meeting 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Kilfilum Cross (IRE) – Pulled Up – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 12-2 – ridden by jockey Alex Edwards and trained by Henry Oliver
- Fingerontheswitch (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-12 – assigned jockey Victoria Malzard and trained by Neil Mulholland
- Equus Secretus (IRE) – Unseated Rider – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey Nick Phillips and trained by Ben Pauling
- Arthur’s Gift (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-8 – ridden by jockey Zak Baker and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Ocean Cove (IRE) – Pulled Up – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Albi Tufnell and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Lamanver Pippin (GB) – third-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey William Biddick and trained by Colin Tizzard
- Storm Control (IRE) – first-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee
- Realm Keeper (USA) – seventh-place finish – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Lucy Turner and trained by Venetia Williams
- Petite Power (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Liam Harrison and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Young Turk (FR) – Pulled Up – 200/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey Miss L Brooke and trained by Aytach Sadik
- What A Moment (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Martin McIntyre and trained by David Pipe
- Bermeo (IRE) – second-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Angus Cheleda and trained by Johnny Farrelly
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Odds on horses for Cheltenham National Hunt meetings are always generous and The November Meeting is no exception.
Last year’s 5/1 winner was third-favourite for the race yet still turned £10 outright backing stakes into £60 in the betting account balance. If 15/2 second-placed Bermeo had been a few yards faster, a £10 stake on him would have been £75 in profits.
Odds at last years South West Syndicate Handicap Steeple Chase went as high as 200/1 on Young Turk and with 20 fences involved who knows what could have happened.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The South West Syndicate Handicap Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
At last year’s edition of The South West Syndicate Handicap Steeple Chase, 5/1 third-favourite Storm Control won ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee.
15/2 hopeful Bermeo finished just three-quarters of a length behind the leader in second place with 9/2 second-favourite Lamanver Pippin just a neck behind in third-place. 16/1 outsider Petite Power clutched up the fourth and final placement position in fourth.
The second race of day two at The November Meeting was The mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Chase which was won by 13/8 race favourite Wholestone, ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.
15/2 priced Rockpoint finished a length and three-quarters behind the leader in second-place, followed by 14/1 outsider Redzor in third and 5/1 Aye Aye Charlie in fourth.
The mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Chase at The November Meeting 2018 was won by 11/2 third-favourite Ibis Du Rheu, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls.
8/1 outsider Theatre Territory finished just a length behind the leader in second-place, followed by 1/1 race favourite The Worlds End in third-place and 11/4 second-favourite Minella Awards in fourth.
Back in 2017, only three competitors competed in The mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham Racecourse. It was won by 4/1 least-favourite Black Corton, ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Paul Nicholls, followed by 10/11 race favourite Ballyoptic in second-place and 7/4 West Approach in third.