The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeplechase is a brilliant featured race that is run during The Showcase at Cheltenham Racecourse at the end of October every year.
The Showcase is the first National Hunt meeting held in Cheltenham after the summer break, attracting tens of thousands of eager horse racing fans to Prestbury Park every Autumn.
Taking place over two separate days, The Showcase offers 14 unmissable National Hunt races with a seven-race card on each day including a featured race. The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeplechase is the featured race of Day One, then The Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Steeple Chase takes place at the same time on Day Two.
It may be the first meeting of the season to be held at Cheltenham Racecourse but from this point, all roads lead to The Cheltenham Festival in March 2022.
This year’s edition of The Showcase is booked in for Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of October 2021.
About the Race
The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase is a Class 2 handicap steeplechase that is open to horses aged four and above and runs on the old course at Cheltenham.
The total distance of this featured race is 1 mile, 7 furlongs and 199 yards and it features 13 fences for the competitors to jump for a chance of taking home a portion of the prize pool.
The purse for this race is a generous £48,000, with £30,029 assigned to the first-place finisher. Every placement position counts, with £8,870 assigned to second-place, £4,435 assigned to third and £2,218 assigned to fourth.
The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase will be the first featured race of The Showcase 2021
The contenders that fiercely compete in The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Showcase have earned the right to be there and they make that clear every year with their incredible performances.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race the last time it was contested in 2020 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Dolos (FR) – fourth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
- Rouge Vif (FR) – first-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Harry Whittington
- Hatcher (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-10 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Ballywood (FR) – sixth-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Alan King
- On The Slopes (GB) – fifth-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Chris Gordon
- Beat The Judge (IRE) – third-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Joshua Moore and trained by Gary Moore
- Western Miller (IRE) – second-place finish – 66/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-4 – ridden by jockey Paul O’Brien and trained by Charlie Longsdon
- Azzuri (GB) – eleventh-place finish – 80/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-3 – ridden by jockey Bridget Andrews and trained by Dan Skelton
- Katpoli (FR) – Unseated Rider – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-2 – ridden by jockey Charlie Hammond and trained by Dr Richard Newland
- Scardura (IRE) – Unseated Rider – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Sam-Twiston Davies and trained by Neil Mulholland
- Doitforthevillage (IRE) – tenth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Paul Henderson
- Movie Legend (GB) – ninth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Bryony Frost and trained by Lucy Wadham
- Northern Beau (IRE) – eighth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Brendan Powell and trained by Michael Scudamore
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In the last four editions of this race, we’ve seen a mixed bag of results including wins from a 15/2 outsider and a 5/2 race favourite.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase at The Showcase in Cheltenham, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year’s Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Steeple Chase was run behind closed doors due to the global pandemic. This featured race was won by 5/1 third-favourite Rouge Vif, ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Harry Whittington.
66/1 outsider Western Miller finished seven and a half lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 4/1 race favourite in third and 12/1 outsider Dolos in fourth.
In 2019, this race was run on Day Two of The Showcase and it was won by 5/2 race favourite Saint Calvados, ridden by jockey Gavin Sheehan and trained by Harry Whittington.
20/1 outsider Vaniteux finished just a length behind the leader in second, followed by 11/2 Knocknanuss in third and 10/1 Doitforthevillage in fourth.
The 2018 edition of this Class 2 handicap steeplechase was won by joint 4/1 second-favourite Modus, ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Paul Nicholls.
20/1 outsider Duke Of Navan finished just a head behind the leader in second, followed by 3/1 race favourite Foxtail Hill in third and 6/1 Lillington in fourth.
Back in 2017, the winner of this featured race on Day Two of The Showcase was 15/2 outsider Foxtail Hill, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.
5/2 race favourite Le Prezien finished just a neck behind the leader in second, followed by 12/1 outsider Sizing Platinum in third and 5/1 Poker School in fourth.