Cheltenham Festival 2021 Day Four Preview

Cheltenham Festival 2021 Day Four

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival action wraps up with Day Four of racing on Friday 19th March 2021. Below you will find our full preview for the entire fourth day of racing at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, including previews on every race, including the feature race, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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Cheltenham Festival 2021 Day Four Schedule

1.20 // The JCB Triumph Hurdle (2m 1f Hurdle)

1.55 // The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race (2m 1f Hurdle)

2.30 // The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race (3m Hurdle)

3.05 // The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (3m 2½f Chase)

3.40 // The St James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase (3m 2½f Chase)

4.15 // The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase (2m 4½f Chase)

4.50 // Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’ Handicap Hurdle (2m 4½f Hurdle)

When is Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival gets underway on Tuesday, March 16th 2021. Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival is on Friday, March 19th 2021.

Where is the Cheltenham Festival held?

The Cheltenham Festival is held at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse in the town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Many acknowledge Cheltenham Racecourse as the home of UK jump racing.

What is Day Four of Cheltenham Festival known as?

Day Four of the Cheltenham Festival is also known as Gold Cup Day. The fourth day of the Cheltenham Festival is famous for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the most prestigious race of the entire Festival.

How many races are there on Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

There are seven races set to run on Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Will fans and spectators be in attendance at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

It is looking like the 2021 Cheltenham Festival will go ahead without fans, an unfortunate situation for racegoers who will have to enjoy Cheltenham from home this year.

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival caused controversy last year as hundreds of thousands of spectators attended all four days of the festival despite increasing health concerns over the spread of coronavirus across the UK. The 2020 Cheltenham Festival was the last major sporting event in the UK, attended by crowds of spectators before the country went into its first lockdown.

What are the major races on Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

Five of the seven races on Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival are considered major races.

  • 1.20 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 2.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
  • 3.05 – Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • 3.40 – Foxhunter Chase
  • 4.15 – Mares’ Steeple Chase

How many Grade 1 Races are there on Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

There are three Grade 1 races on Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

  • 1.20 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 2.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
  • 3.05 – Cheltenham Gold Cup

What is the feature race of Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

The feature race of Day Four is the 15:05 GMT Cheltenham Gold Cup.

How many hurdle races are on Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

There are four hurdle races scheduled for Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

  • 1.20 – JCB Triumph Hurdle
  • 1.55 – County Handicap Hurdle
  • 2.30 – Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
  • 4.50 – Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle

How many steeple chase races are on Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

There are three steeple chase races scheduled for Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

  • 3.05 – Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • 3.40 – Foxhunter Steeplechase
  • 4.15 – Mares’ Steeplechase

What is the Day Four Prize Money of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

The prize money for all seven races on Day Four of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival is around £1.15m. The race with the biggest prize pot is the feature race of the day, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which has a huge prize pot of £625,000.

What channel is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival on?

ITV and Racing TV are the two main UK broadcasters of the Cheltenham Festival.

How many 2021 Cheltenham Festival races are being broadcasted?

For one year only, ITV will broadcast six races every day of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival instead of the traditional five races. This agreement has meant that they have bought racing times forward from their original scheduled times in order to accommodate all six races into the programme.

The first race begins at 13.20 GMT instead of 13:30 GMT. Time in between races has reduced from 40 minutes to 35 minutes.

Race 1 – JCB Triumph Hurdle (1.20)

JCB Triumph Hurdle Distance

The JCB Triumph Hurdle is a 2m 1f race containing eight hurdles on the left-handed course at Cheltenham. The race is sponsored by JCB.

JCB Triumph Hurdle Race Type

The JCB Triumph Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race.

JCB Triumph Hurdle Qualification and Weight

Qualification for this race is for horses aged four-years-old only.

Weight for four-year-olds is 11st 0lb. There is a 7lb allowance for fillies.

JCB Triumph Hurdle Previous Winners

The 2020 winner of this race was Burning Victory, a four-year-old trained by Willie Mullins. The winning jockey was Paul Townend.

Burning Victory won at a price of 12/1, beating the likes of Aspire Tower (5/1) and Allmankind (7/2) to first place.

Marsh Novices’ Hurdle Leading Trainer

The leading trainer in the JCB Triumph Hurdle is Nicky Henderson, with seven career wins. Henderson last won the JCB Triumph Hurdle in 2019 with Pentland Hills, ridden by Nico de Boinville.

JCB Triumph Hurdle Leading Jockey

The leading jockey in the JCB Triumph Chase is Barry Geraghty, with five career wins. Geraghty last won the JCB Triumph Hurdle in 2016 with Ivanovich Gorbatov whilst riding for Aidan O’Brien.

JCB Triumph Hurdle 2021 Favourites
  • Zanahiyr

  • Tritonic

  • Quilixios

  • French Aseel

  • Adagio

(Favourites as of Tuesday February 23rd 2021)

JCB Triumph Hurdle 2021 Betting

You can see the full market for the JCB Triumph Hurdle here on the Mark Jarvis sportsbook.

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Race 2 – The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race (1.55)

County Hurdle Distance

The County Hurdle is a 2m 1f race containing eight hurdles on the left-handed course at Cheltenham. The race is sponsored by McCoy Contractors.

County Hurdle Race Type

The County Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt handicap hurdle race.

County Hurdle Qualification and Weight

Qualification for this race is for horses aged five-years-old and up.

As this is a handicap race, weight will be determined by the handicapper depending on the quality of the racehorse. The better the racehorse, the more weight it will carry during the race.

County Hurdle Previous Winners

The 2020 winner of this race was Saint Roi, a five-year-old trained by Willie Mullins. The winning jockey was Barry Geraghty.

Saint Roi won at a price of 11/2, beating the likes of Aramon (8/1) and Embittered (14/1) to first place.

County Hurdle Leading Trainer

The leading trainers in the County Hurdle are Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins, both with four career wins. Nicholls last won the County Hurdle in 2014 with Lac Fontana ridden by Daryl Jacob, whilst Mullins won last year’s County Hurdle with Saint Roi ridden by Barry Geraghty.

County Hurdle Leading Jockey

The leading jockey in the County Hurdle is Ruby Walsh, with four career wins. Walsh’s last win in the County Hurdle came in 2011 with Final Approach, trained by Willie Mullins.

County Hurdle 2021 Favourites
  • Blue Lord

  • Soaring Glory

  • Fifty Ball

  • Irascible1

  • Thedevilscoachman

(Favourites as of Tuesday February 23rd 2021)

County Hurdle 2021 Betting

You can see the full market for the County Hurdle here on the Mark Jarvis sportsbook.

You can also download the Mark Jarvis app on iOS and Android for free.

Race 3 – The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race (2.30)

Albert Bartlet Novices’ Hurdle Distance

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is a 3m race containing 12 hurdles on the left-handed course at Cheltenham. The race is sponsored by Albert Bartlett.

Albert Bartlet Novices’ Hurdle Race Type

The Ryanair Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race.

Albert Bartlet Novices’ Hurdle Qualification and Weight

Qualification for this race is for horses aged four-years-old and up.

Weight for four-year-olds is 10st 9lb and weight for five-year-olds and up is 11st 5lb. There is a 7lb allowance for fillies and mares.

Albert Bartlet Novices’ Hurdle Previous Winners

The 2020 winner of this race was Monkfish, a six-year-old trained by Willie Mullins. The winning jockey was Paul Townend.

Monkfish won at a price of 5/1, beating the likes of Latest Exhibition (9/2) and Fury Road (5/1) to first place.

Albert Bartlet Novices’ Hurdle Leading Trainer

The leading trainers in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle are Jonjo O’Neill and Willie Mullins, both with two career wins. O’Neill won the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in 2006 and 2007 with Black Jack Ketchum and Wichita Lineman, both ridden by A.P. McCoy, whilst Mullins won in 2017 and 2020 with Penhill and Monkfish, both ridden by Paul Townend.

Albert Bartlet Novices’ Hurdle Leading Jockey

The leading jockey in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is A.P. McCoy, with three career wins. McCoy last won the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in 2013 with At Fishers Cross, trained by Rebecca Curtis.

Albert Bartlet Novices’ Hurdle 2021 Favourites
  • Stattler

  • Fakiera

  • Torygraph

  • Barbados Buck’s

  • Alaphilippe

(Favourites as of Tuesday February 23rd 2021)

Albert Bartlet Novices’ Hurdle 2021 Betting

You can see the full market for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle here on the Mark Jarvis sportsbook.

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Race 4 – The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (3.05)

Cheltenham Gold Cup Distance

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a 3m 2½f race containing 22 fences hurdle on the left-handed course at Cheltenham. The race is sponsored by WellChild.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Type

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase race.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Qualification and Weight

Qualification for this race is for horses aged five-years-old and up.

Weight for five-year-olds and up is 11st 8lb and weight for six-year-olds and up is 11st 10lb. There is a 7lb allowance for mares.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Previous Winners

The 2020 winner of this race was Al Boum Photo, an eight-year-old trained by Willie Mullins. The winning jockey was Paul Townend.

Al Boum Photo won at a price of 10/3, beating the likes of Santini (5/1) and Lostintranslation (10/1) to first place.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Leading Trainer

The leading trainer in the Cheltenham Gold Cup is Tom Dreaper, with five career wins. Dreaper’s last win in the Cheltenham Gold Cup came in 1968 with Fort Leney, ridden by Pat Taaffe. He won three of his five Cheltenham Gold Cups with legendary racehorse Arkle between 1964-1966, again ridden by Pat Taaffe.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Leading Jockey

The leading jockey in the Cheltenham Gold Cup is Pat Taaffe, with four career wins. Taaffe’s last win in the Cheltenham Gold Cup came in 1968 with Fort Leney whilst riding for Tom Dreaper. Taaffe won his previous three Cheltenham Gold Cups on Arkle.

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 Favourites
  • Al Boum Photo

  • Champ

  • A Plus Tard

  • Royale Pagaille

  • Kemboy

(Favourites as of Tuesday February 23rd 2021)

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 Betting

You can see the full market for the Cheltenham Gold Cup here on the Mark Jarvis sportsbook.

You can also download the Mark Jarvis app on iOS and Android for free.

Race 5 – The St James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase (3.40)

Foxhunter Steeplechase Distance

The Foxhunter Steeplechase is a 3m 2½f race containing 22 fences on the left-handed course at Cheltenham. The race is sponsored by St James’s Place.

Foxhunter Steeplechase Race Type

The Foxhunter Steeplechase is an ungraded National Hunt steeplechase race.

Foxhunter Steeplechase Qualification and Weight

Qualification for this race is for horses aged five-years-old and up.

Weight for five-year-olds and up is 11st 12lb and weight for six-year-olds and up is 12st 10lb. There is a 7lb allowance for mares.

Foxhunter Steeplechase Previous Winners

The 2020 winner of this race was It Came To Pass, a ten-year-old trained by Eugene O’Sullivan. The winning jockey was Maxine O’Sullivan.

It Came To Pass won at a price of 66/1, beating the likes of Billaway (11/4) and Shantou Flyer (3/1) to first place.

Foxhunter Steeplechase Leading Trainer

The leading trainers in the Foxhunter Steeplechase are Richard Barber and Paul Nicholls, both with four career wins. Barber’s last win in the Foxhunter Steeplechase came in 1998 with Earthmover, ridden by Joe Tizzard, whilst Paul Nicholls last won in 2017 with Pacha Du Polder, ridden by Bryony Frost.

Foxhunter Steeplechase Leading Jockey

The leading jockey in the Foxhunter Steeplechase is Colman Sweeney, with three career wins. Sweeney’s last win in the Foxhunter Steeplechase came in 2013 with back-to-back winner Salsify, trained by Rodger Sweeney. Sweeney also won the Foxhunter Steeplechase 2005 with Sleeping Night, trained by Paul Nicholls.

Foxhunter Steeplechase 2021 Favourites
  • Billaway

  • Bob And Co

  • Staker Wallace

  • Highway Jewel

  • It Came To Pass

(Favourites as of Tuesday February 23rd 2021)

Foxhunter Steeplechase 2021 Betting

You can see the full market for the Foxhunter Steeplechase here on the Mark Jarvis sportsbook.

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Race 6 – The Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Steeple Chase (4.15)

Mares’ Steeplechase Distance

The Mares’ Steeplechase is a 2m 4½f race containing 17 fences on the left-handed course at Cheltenham. The race is sponsored by Paddy Power.

Mares’ Steeplechase Race Type

The Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle is an Grade 2 National Hunt handicap hurdle race.

This race has replaced the Novices’ Handicap chase and is a new race for 2021.

Mares’ Steeplechase Qualification and Weight

Qualification for this race is for mares aged five-years-old and up.

Weight for five-year-olds and up is 11st 2lb.

Mares’ Steeplechase Previous Winners

2021 is going to be the inaugural race of the Mares’ Steeplechase, having replaced the Novices’ Handicap Chase, which has moved to Sandown Park.

Mares’ Steeplechase Leading Trainer

The trainer that wins the Mares’ Steeplechase will be in the history books as the first trainer to win the new race.

Mares’ Steeplechase Leading Jockey

The jockey that wins the Mares’ Steeplechase will be in the history books as the first trainer to win the new race.

Mares’ Steeplechase 2021 Favourites
  • Elimay

  • Colreevy

  • Put The Kettle On

  • Dame De Compagnie

  • Annie Mc

(Favourites as of Tuesday February 23rd 2021)

Mares’ Steeplechase 2021 Betting

You can see the full market for the Mares’ Steeplechase here on the Mark Jarvis sportsbook.

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Race 7 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’ Handicap Hurdle (4.50)

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Distance

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is a 2m 4½f race on the left-handed course at Cheltenham. The race is not sponsored, but named in honour of retired trainer Martin Pipe.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Race Type

The Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is an ungraded National Hunt steeplechase race. The race is strictly for conditional jockeys (professional jockeys under the age of 26 who have yet to ride 75 winners.)

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Qualification and Weight

Qualification for this race is for horses aged four-years-old and up.

As this is a handicap race, weight will be determined by the handicapper depending on the quality of the racehorse. The better the racehorse, the more weight it will carry during the race.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Previous Winners

The 2020 winner of this race was Indefatigable, a seven-year-old trained by Paul Webber. The winning jockey was Rex Dingle.

Indefatigable won at a price of 25/1, beating the likes of Pileon (9/1) and Great White Shark (40/1) to first place.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Leading Trainer

The leading trainer in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle is Willie Mullins, with three career wins. Mullins last won the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle in 2015 with Killultagh Vic, ridden by Luke Dempsey.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Leading Jockey

No jockey has been able to win this race more than once since its inception into the Cheltenham Festival in 2009. The first jockey to win this race was Felix De Giles in 2009, riding the Nicky Henderson-trained Andytown, whilst the most recent jockey to win was Rex Dingle with Indefatigable, trained by Paul Webber.

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2021 Favourites
  • Wide Receiver
  • Damalisque
  • Benson
  • Tea Clipper

(Favourites as of Tuesday February 23rd 2021)

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 2021 Betting

You can see the full market for the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle here on the Mark Jarvis sportsbook.

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Author: Evelyn Marshall