The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race is run during The Cheltenham Showcase at the beginning of every National Hunt racing season.
To the relief of horse racing fans that regularly attend Cheltenham Racecourse, The Showcase sees the return of the sport to the home of jump racing towards the end of October every year after a nearly 6-month long summer break at the venue.
The Showcase offers a comprehensive fixture list featuring 14 outstanding jump races, including a featured race on each of its two days. Each of the day’s seven-race cards begin around 13:00 and conclude around 17:30.
The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race is the fifth race of The Showcase, taking place immediately after the day’s featured race. The Showcase 2021 is scheduled for Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 30th of October.
About the Race
The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race is a Class 3 hurdle race that runs on the old course of Cheltenham, open to horses aged four and above.
The race covers a total distance of 2 miles and 87 yards and featured 8 hurdles for the eager competitors to leap. The purse for this race is £11,500 which is split proportionately between the four placing horses.
The winner of The Maiden Hurdle Race takes home the biggest share, as you’d expect, which amounts to £7,194. The team of the second-place finisher scoops £2,125, while the third-place finisher takes £1,063 and the fourth-place finisher clutches the remaining £531.
The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race is expected to ensue at 16:10 sharp on Friday the 22nd of October 2021 at The Showcase, Cheltenham Racecourse.
The runners of The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Showcase put on a fantastic show for spectators year after year, whether they’re watching live from Cheltenham Racecourse or from the comfort of their homes on RacingTV.
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):
- Art Approval (FR) – second-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
- Champagnesuperover (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-0 – assigned jockey Adrian Heskin and trained by Oisin Murphy
- Faivoir (FR) – first-place finish – 4/11 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
- Lessankan (GER) – fourth-place finish – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
- Pipesmoker (FR) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-0 – assigned jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
- Presentandcounting (IRE) – third-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Donald McCain Jr
- Temur Khan (GB) – fifth-place finish – 150/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Bannister and trained by Tony Carroll
- Found On (IRE) – Fell – 40/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey James Best and trained by Martin Keighley
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In the last two editions of The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race, we’ve had a 4/11 favourite winner and a 33/1 outsider snap up the first-place prize.
A £10 outright stake on 33/1 Heaven Help Us to win this race in 2019 would have returned £340 to your account balance. If you’d used a free bet, this could have been attained absolutely risk-free.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race at The Showcase in Cheltenham, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year’s winner of The Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle Race at The Showcase was 4/11 race favourite Faivoir, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.
9/1 outsider Art Approval finished 5 and a half lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 9/2 second-favourite Presentandcounting in third and German 16/1 outsider Lessankan in fourth. Only 6 runners participated in this race and 5 completed the race without any issues.
At The Showcase 2019, 33/1 outsider Heaven Help Us won this Class 3 Maiden Hurdle Race, ridden by jockey Danny Mullins and trained by Paul Hennessy.
6/5 race favourite Master Debonair finished 2 lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 3/1 Fred in third and 4/1 Getariver in fourth. 10 of the 11 starting runners successfully completed this race.
In 2018, the Class 3 Maiden Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse was won by 11/2 Thomas Darby, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Oisin Murphy.
14/1 outsider Elixir De Nutz finished 3 and a quarter lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 5/1 Bang On Frankie in third and 15/8 race favourite Sebastopol in fourth. 11 of this race’s 13 starting runners successfully completed the race.
Back in 2017, The Joel Dommett Here On 6th April Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase was won by 8/1 outsider What Happens Now, ridden by jockey Derek O’Connor and trained by Donald McCain Jr.
9/2 second-favourite Indian Castle finished 9 lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 16/1 outsider Regal Flow in third and 14/1 outsider Petite Power in fourth. 17 runners began this race but only 11 successfully crossed the finish line with 4 pulling up, 1 falling and 1 unseated rider.