Almost six months after horses will have last stepped hoove on Cheltenham Racecourse, The Showcase is set to take place from Friday the 22nd to Saturday the 23rd October 2021.
This fantastic two-day event sees the return of horseracing to Cheltenham Racecourse after the long summer break, offering 14 excellent races for spectators to enjoy over the course of the two days.
The 2021 edition of this event is set to be a magnificent return for regular attendees of The Showcase that were unable to attend in 2020 as races were behind closed doors.
Day One – Friday
Day One of The Showcase is scheduled to take place on Friday the 22nd of October 2021. Day one will consist of seven fixtures including the featured race The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase halfway through the day at 15:35.
The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race
The first race of The Showcase Day One begins at 13:50 and is The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Race. This race is two miles and five furlongs in length and was won last time out by 9/1 outsider Does He Know.
The Matchbook Better Way To Bet Novices’ Steeple Chase
The Matchbook Better Way To Bet Novices’ Steeple Chase is the second race of The Showcase Day One at Cheltenham Racecourse and covers a distance of three miles and half a furlong. In 2020, this race was won by the popular favourite Galvin who set off with a starting price of 2/1.
This year’s Showcase racecard has this race scheduled in for a 14:25 start.
The squareintheair.com Handicap Hurdle Race
Starting at 15:00, this Class 3 Handicap Hurdle race covers a distance of two miles and five furlongs. 15/2 second-favourite Captain Tom Cat took the £9,487 first-place prize in this race behind closed doors in 2020. This race had the crowd buzzing as huge 28/1 outsider Debestyman took the second-place prize.
The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase
The featured race of Day One at The Showcase is the 15:35 Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase at two miles long, boasting a prize pool of £48,000 with just over £30,000 going to the winner.
6-year-old third-favourite Rouge Vif won this race in 2020 after fixture favourite Beat The Judge edged into third and second-favourite Scardura unseated jockey Sam Twiston-Davies.
The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race
Heading into the second half of Day One, the 16:10 Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race is the next fixture to take place. This race of just over two miles was won last year by 4/11 clear favourite Faivoir.
The Two Farmers Crisps Novices’ Steeple Chase
The penultimate race of the first day of The Showcase is the two-mile in length 16:45 Two Farmers Crisps Novices’ Steeple Chase. Nicky Henderson trained Fusil Raffles entered this race as 4/5 favourite and won as comfortably as expected.
The Back and Lay at Matchbook Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race
The final race of Day One is The Back and Lay at Matchbook Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Race. The race begins at 17:15 and is two miles and half a furlong in length. 5/1 Tegerek took home the £7,213 first-place prize last October.
Day Two – Saturday
Day Two of The Showcase at Cheltenham Racecourse is scheduled to take place on Friday the 22nd of October 2021. Day Two, like Day One, will offer seven thrilling fixtures including the featured race The Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase halfway through the day at 15:50.
The Masterson Holdings Hurdle Race
The first fixture of Day Two is the 14:05 Masterson Holdings Hurdle Race. This two-mile and half a furlong Hurdle race was won by Botox Has last year with a starting price of 11/2.
The Best Odds At Matchbook Novices’ Steeple Chase
Beginning at 14:40 and stretching two miles and four furlongs around Cheltenham Racecourse is The Best Odds At Matchbook Novices’ Steeple Chase.
2/1 second-favourite won the £12,512 first-place prize in 2020 in a race that only saw 4 horses compete.
The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race
The Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Race is a three-mile Hurdle race that is scheduled to begin at 15:15 on Day Two of The Showcase 2021. In 2020, 12/1 outsider Honest Vic won comfortably as the favourite horses failed to perform.
The Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase
The Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase is the featured race at Cheltenham’s Showcase Day Two. It’s scheduled to commence at 15:50 and will see some of the most elite horses power around three miles and one furlong of Cheltenham Racecourse.
9/2 second-favourite Frodon won the £30,029 first-place prize for this fixture last time out.
The Lara Telfer Reined In for Racing Welfare Novices’ Hurdle Race
At 16:25 and measuring a length of about three miles is The Lara Telfer Reined In for Racing Welfare Novices’ Hurdle Race.
Streets Of Doyen won this race in 2020 with a modest starting price of 11/4.
The Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Amateur Riders’ Handicap Steeple Chase
The penultimate race of The Showcase 2021 will be The Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Amateur Riders’ Handicap Steeple Chase. Beginning at 17:00, this Steeple Chase measures at about three miles and one furlong in length.
20/1 outsider Bormeo made some dreams come true last October with many favourites pulling up.
The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Standard Open NH Flat Race
The final event of The Showcase at Cheltenham Racecourse 2021 will be The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Standard Open NH Flat Race. This exhilarating final race will be two miles and half a furlong in length and is due to kick off at 17:35.
The trainer-jockey dream-team of Nicky Henderson and Nico De Boinville ensured 4/1 I Am Maximus would take the £8,758 first-place prize from this race in 2020.
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Events at Cheltenham Racecourse are always sure to bring the best odds out of the bookies. This is proven by the £200 profit a £10 bet would have made on 20/1 Bormeo to win The Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Amateur Riders’ Handicap Steeple Chase last October.