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The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race

The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse just before Halloween every year for The Showcase.

The Showcase is the first National Hunt meeting held in Cheltenham after the summer break. It is a two-day event that offers 14 inspiring races including two featured race with one on each day.

It may be early in the season, but eyes are already on the prize with The Cheltenham Festival in mind, even if it’s still 5 months away. The qualifiers have begun and so has the excitement.

The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race will be the third race of The Showcase 2021, which is scheduled to take place on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd of October.

About the Race

The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race is a Class 3 handicap hurdle that is run on the old course at Cheltenham Racecourse.

It is open to horses aged three years old with a rating between 0 and 140, who are required to run 2 miles and 5 furlongs as well as jump 10 fences.

The prize pool for this race is £16,000, of which £9,487 goes to the winning horse. The rest of this purse is shared between the other placing horses, with £2,786 assigned to second-place, £1,393 assigned to third and £696 taken by the fourth-place finisher.

The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race is scheduled to begin at 15:00 on Friday the 22nd of October 2021.

Runners

The elite horses that contend in The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race at The Cheltenham Showcase provide strong competition for each placement spot at every edition of this great race.

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):

  1. Golan Fortune (IRE) – ninth-place finish – 50/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Sam Lee and trained by Phil Middleton
  2. Fix Sun (FR) – seventeenth-place finish – 17/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-11 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Nicky Henderson
  3. Our Power (IRE) – sixth-place finish – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-10 – ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies
  4. Up The Straight (IRE) – third-place finish – 11/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-9 – ridden by jockey James Davies and trained by Richard Rowe
  5. Good Man Pat (IRE) – thirteenth-place finish – 20/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Tom Cannon and trained by Alan King
  6. Whatsupwithyou (IRE) – seventh-place finish – 22/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Luca Morgan and trained by Ben Pauling
  7. Dagueneau (IRE) – eleventh-place finish – 18/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Adam Wedge and trained by Emma Lavelle
  8. Weather Front (USA) – eighth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-5 – ridden by jockey Dale Irving and trained by Iain Jardine
  9. Hijack (IRE) – eighteenth-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  10. Hometown Boy (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Ciaran Gethings and trained by Stuart Edmunds
  11. Yeavering Belle (GB) – sixteenth-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey David Bass and trained by Kim Bailey
  12. Imperial Elysian (IRE) – tenth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  13. Storm Goddess (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 33/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Charlie Longsdon
  14. Solstice Star (GB) – fifteenth-place finish – 100/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Lilly Pinchin and trained by Martin Keighley
  15. Exod’ela (FR) – fifth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-13 – ridden by jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by Jamie Snowden
  16. Lungarno Palace (USA) – twelfth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-11 – ridden by jockey Connor Brace and trained by Fergal O’Brien
  17. Young Lieutenant (IRE) – nineteenth-place finish – 9/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-10 – ridden by jockey Jack Tudor and trained by Warren Greatrex
  18. Debestyman (IRE) – second-place finish – 28/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-10 – ridden by jockey Micheál Nolan and trained by Suzy Smith
  19. Captain Tom Cat (IRE) – first-place finish – 15/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Cillin Leonard and trained by Dr Richard Newland
  20. Star Of Rory (IRE) – fourteenth-place finish – 100/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-8 – ridden by jockey Lee Edwards and trained by John Groucott

Tips

If you’re looking for the most in-depth, knowledgable betting tips for this year’s Cheltenham Showcase, you’ve come to the right place.

Not only will our squad of professional tipsters provide the rundown on each and every race this October, but we’ll also compile all the biggest and best betting promos in one place, right here, including free bets, boosted prices, paid extra place, money back as cash for losses, and more.

Odds

Meetings held at Cheltenham Racecourse are always lucrative opportunities. The odds on both the favourites and the outsiders to win outright can be very profitable.

In recent years we’ve seen race favourites priced as high as 7/1. We’ve also seen some outsiders clutch the win, just like 12/1 Master Dancer in 2017 and 9/1 Duke Street in 2019.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race at The Showcase in Cheltenham, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

The winner of The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race at Cheltenham Racecourse last October behind closed doors was 15/2 second-favourite Captain Tom Cat, ridden by jockey Cillin Leonard and trained by Dr Richard Newland.

28/1 outsider Debestyman finished 2 lengths behind the leader in second-place, followed by 11/1 Up The Straight in third and 33/1 Storm Goddess in fourth.

2019

At The Cheltenham Showcase 2019, The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race was won by 9/1 outsider Duke Street, ridden by jockey Cillin Leonard and trained by Dr R Newland.

The Big Galloper finished 5 lengths behind the leader in second-place with a starting price of 7/1, followed by 16/1 outsider Treasure Dillon in third and 6/1 Breaking Waves in fourth.

2018

At The Showcase 2018, the winner of The squareintheair Handicap Hurdle Race was 9/2 race favourite First Assignment, ridden by jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Ian Williams.

14/1 outsider Vive Le Roi finished just a short head behind the leader in second, followed by 7/1 Christmas In April in third and 33/1 outsider Lungarno Palace in fourth.

2017

Back in 2017, 12/1 priced Master Dancer won the Class 3 Handicap Hurdle, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Tim Vaughan.

11/1 Vivas finished 10 lengths behind the leader in second, followed by 14/1 Kk Lexion in third and 20/1 outsider Hallings Comet in fourth.

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