2021 Cheltenham Results and Reaction

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The Cheltenham Festival is over for another year, and now our attention turns squarely to Aintree and the Grand National meeting.

Famous for the massive Irish domination in terms of results, the 2021 Cheltenham Festival gave us plenty to talk about with several of the races potentially impacting the Grand National ante post market.

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Cheltenham Results 2021

Here’s a look at the results of the Cheltenham Festival 2021 results, which may impact your thinking when it comes to the Grand National meeting at Aintree in April.

Cheltenham Results: Day 1

Day one saw a number of short-priced favourites land their races, which meant a great start for punters and a dour one for bookmakers.

Odds-on favourite Appreciate It, for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend, was a spectacular winner of the opening Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, scoring by an amazing 24 lengths.

2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Result

  1. Appreciate It (8/11f)
  2. Ballyadam (6/1)
  3. For Pleasure (40/1)

Nobody could have guessed what a bad week it would be for British-trained horses when the Arkle Trophy took place.

The top race for two-mile novice chasers, the Arkle market was dominated by Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin who was imperious on his way to a 12-length win under jockey Nico de Boinville.

2021 Arkle Trophy Result

  1. Shishkin (4/9f)
  2. Eldorado Allen (33/1)
  3. Captain Guinness (10/1)

The Ultima Handicap Chase over 3 miles, 1 furlong was to be the first major betting event of the week. 16 runners lined-up for the race, with Happygolucky a very well punted 10/3 favourite but it was to be fifth time lucky in the race for Sue Smith’s popular staying chaser Vintage Clouds who landed a huge win.

2021 Ultima Handicap Chase Result

  1. Vintage Clouds (28/1)
  2. Happygolucky (10/3f)
  3. Aye Right (11/2)
  4. Cepage (14/1)

Tuesday was also to be the start of a great week for females within the sport, as top rider Rachael Blackmore landed the feature aboard the great mare Honeysuckle on her way to becoming the top jockey of the week.

Fellow mare and last year’s winner Epatante was also in the reckoning but under-performed, while 2020 runner-up Sharjah was to heroically fill the same spot once more.

2021 Champion Hurdle Result

  1. Honeysuckle (11/10f)
  2. Sharjah (11/1)
  3. Epatante (4/1)

The Mares’ Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles was to feature yet another short-priced favourite, this time in the shape of Concertista for Willie Mullins.

While she ran very well in second, this was a much-needed result for the bookies on day one as Black Tears, who would have represented Gordon Elliott but instead is officially a result for Denise Foster, landed the spoils.

2021 Mares’ Hurdle Result

  1. Black Tears (11/1)
  2. Concertista (10/11f)
  3. Roksana (3/1)

The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, known to many as the Fred Winter, is always a lively betting event and this time around it was Saint Sam who just about got himself to the head of the market at 9/2.

There was to be no joy for most punters however, as shock 80/1 winner Jeff Kidder took the race under jockey Sean Flanagan for trainer Noel Meade.

2021 Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Result

  1. Jeff Kidder (80/1)
  2. Saint Sam (9/2f)
  3. Elham Valley (66/1)
  4. Houx Gris (11/2)

The lucky last, at least for some, was the National Hunt Challenge Cup over 3 miles, 6 furlongs. Once again punters did well in this race with the best backed trio in the event filling the first three places, with another former Gordon Elliot runner landing the spoils under Jack Kennedy.

2021 National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase Result

  1. Galvin (7/2)
  2. Next Destination (3/1)
  3. Escaria Ten (11/4f)

Cheltenham Results Day 2

The bookmakers really weren’t looking forward to the start of day 2, as yet another well-backed short-priced favourite threatened to spoil the beginning of their day. Bob Olinger, trained by Henry De Bromhead and ridden by Rachael Blackmore, indeed won an event dominated by the favourites in the market.

2021 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Result

  1. Bob Olinger (6/4f)
  2. Gaillard Du Mesnil (9/4)
  3. Bravemansgame (4/1)

The second race on day 2 was to prove very important indeed. While the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase is a Grade 1 race in its own right, it is also a key early trial for the Gold Cup and before it even jumped off, this year’s favourite Monkfish was already leading the 2022 Gold Cup market.

He duly won the race for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend, albeit not as impressively as many expected, and kept alive the hopes of many holding big race accumulator betting slips.

2021 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase Result

  1. Monkfish (1/4f)
  2. Fiddlerontheroof (40/1)
  3. The Big Breakaway (12/1)

Race three was 2021’s renewal of the ever-popular Coral Cup, a 2m5f cavalry charge featuring a mammoth field of some 26 runners.

In stark contrast to so much of the week so far, this race turned out to be the veritable bookies’ benefit with several big-priced runners placed, including 33/1 winner Heaven Help Us for Paul Hennessy and Richard Condon.

2021 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle Result

  1. Heaven Help Us (33/1)
  2. Craigneiche (17/2)
  3. Tea Clipper (33/1)
  4. Sayo (28/1)

3.05 on Wednesday saw the feature race of the day take place – the Queen Mother Champion Chase. This is the top two-mile chase race of the year and featured a stellar field.

Last year’s winner Politologue could not repeat his success, odds-on favourite Chacun Pour Soi was run out of it close home, while Nube Negra was a little unfortunate not to score behind 2020 Arkle Chase winner Put The Kettle on who carried on a great week for trainer Henry De Bromhead.

2021 Queen Mother Champion Chase Result

  1. Put The Kettle On (17/2)
  2. Nube Negra (11/1)
  3. Chacun Pour Soi (8/13f)

The Cross Country Chase was fascinating even before it jumped off. Two years ago, Tiger Roll won this race en route to his second Grand National win but last year he was beaten by French raider Easysland.

A race with a link to the Grand National in terms of the type of horses involved, the Cross Country was again attracting plenty of attention and despite Easysland this time going off favourite, it was the turn of the Tiger to come roaring back to form as Keith Donoghue rode the most popular horse in training to a brilliant 18-length success.

2021 Cross Country Chase Result

  1. Tiger Roll (9/2)
  2. Easysland (EvensF)
  3. Some Neck (17/2)

After the euphoria of Tiger Roll’s comeback win was the Grand Annual, a fantastic betting race run over two miles.

Embittered had been particularly well backed for this race but ultimately, he remained unplaced as the bookmakers celebrated the win of 14/1 shot Sky Pirate, not unbacked himself, for the Jonjo O’Neill yard which now has the very short-priced favourite for the Grand National.

2021 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase Result

  1. Sky Pirate (14/1)
  2. Entoucas (7/1)
  3. Ibleo (9/1)
  4. One The Slopes (16/1)

The final race of day two was the Weatherbys Champion Bumper, the only flat race of the meeting. There was a story brewing here too. Willie Mullins had the long-time ante post favourite in the race already in the shape of Kilcruit but had been handed the reins on former Gordon Elliott runner Sir Gerhard which gave him a stranglehold on the contest.

As it turns out, the winner wasn’t the one Mullins would have originally wanted, yet he goes down in record as the handler of the winner anyway as Sir Gerhard just about got the better of his new pal under Rachael Blackmore.

2021 Weatherbys Champion Bumper Result

  1. Sir Gerhard (85/40)
  2. Kilcruit (10/11f)
  3. Elle Est Belle (16/1)
Grand National 2021

Jockey Davy Russell on Tiger Roll (L) leads Jockey David Mullins on Pleasant Company over the last fence on his way to winning the Grand National horse race on the final day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

Cheltenham Results: Day 3

Day one is already famous for a very high-profile defeat. It began with the Marsh Novices’ Chase over 2½ miles, a race which can act as a great trial for future Ryanair Chases and Gold Cups.

Envoi Allen was the 4/9 favourite and defeat for him seemed unfathomable, however it was to be the turn of JP McManus, Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville this time as their talented Chantry House defied odds of 9/1 to land the opener in good style.

2021 Marsh Novices’ Chase Result

  1. Chantry House (9/1)
  2. Fusil Raffles (14/1)
  3. Asterion Forlonge (14/1)

The three-mile Pertemps Network final was next up on Thursday, a 22-runner betting feast in which the fairly well-backed Mrs Milner came away well to win ahead of favourite The Bosses Oscar – a lucky escape for the bookies.

2021 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle Result

  1. Mrs Milner (12/1)
  2. The Bosses Oscar (10/3f)
  3. Come On Teddy (10/1)
  4. Milliner (7/1)

Day three is a real cracker. As well as feature race the Stayers’ Hurdle, the most valuable event is the Ryanair Chase over the extended two-and-a-half miles.

This time the Ryanair was a very keen betting event, originally with several horses vying for favouritism. As we got closer to race time, however, Allaho took the market by the scruff of the neck and then did the same in the race as Rachael Blackmore continued her amazing week in the saddle.

2021 Ryanair Chase Result

  1. Allaho (3/1f)
  2. Fakir D’oudairies (11/2)
  3. Tornado Flyer (25/1)

The Stayers’ Hurdle has seen some brilliant multiple champions down the years, and in 2021 it was hoped (and expected) by many that the loveable Paisley Park would regain his title.

It wasn’t to be this time, however, as Gavin Cromwell’s Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle winner Flooring Porter improved nicely to win this race in great style under jockey Danny Mullins. Paisley Park was back in third.

2021 Stayers’ Hurdle Result

  1. Flooring Porter (12/1)
  2. Sire Du Berlais (5/1)
  3. Paisley Park (9/4f)

The Stable Plate was next up on day three, the 2½-mile chase being a tough handicap for punters to solve in normal circumstances, however this year it was by now evident that the Irish horses were dominating and so a gamble developed on Emmet Mullins’ The Shunter.

Only 4/1 to begin with, The Shunter was backed down to 9/4 favouritism and duly took the race under jockey Jordan Gainford.

2021 Stable Plate Handicap Chase Result

  1. The Shunter (9/4f)
  2. Farclas (5/1)
  3. Top Notch (50/1)
  4. Coole Cody (22/1)

Better known as the Dawn Run, the Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle proved a tough race for the punters to solve, with favouritism just about going the way of Royal Kahala at 9/2 before the off.

Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore had other ideas about who was best though, their 5/1 second-favourite Tellmesomethinggirl pulling away up the hill to win the race by 5½ lengths.

2021 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Result

  1. Tellmesomethinggirl (5/1)
  2. Magic Daze (22/1)
  3. Mighty Blue (12/1)

The last thing the bookmakers ever want is a winning favourite to end the day, but that’s exactly what happened on Thursday in the closing Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

Mount Ida, yet another horse who would have represented Gordon Elliott, was the horse in question at 3/1 with Jack Kennedy doing the steering as the pair pulled clear of Cloudy Glen and Shantou Flyer to make it a good day for favourite backers.

2021 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase Result

  1. Mount Ida (3/1f)
  2. Cloudy Glen (33/1)
  3. Shantou Flyer (11/2)
  4. Hold The Note (9/1)

Cheltenham Results: Day 4

The traditional opening race of the final day of the Cheltenham Festival is the Triumph Hurdle, the top event for juvenile hurdlers and usually a tough betting puzzle to solve.

In this case there had been a long-time short-priced favourite in the shape of Zanahiyr, but it wasn’t to be his day and instead Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore did it again with their Quilixios at a rather skinny 2/1.

2021 Triumph Hurdle Result

  1. Quilixios (2/1)
  2. Adagio (10/1)
  3. Haut En Couleurs (20/1)

Another one of the top betting races of the whole National Hunt season is the County Hurdle, a 2m1f race which this time featured no less than 25 runners.

It was one for the bookies this time too, with outsiders Belfast Banter, Petit Mouchoir and Milkwood battling out up the hill to form the first three home.

2021 County Handicap Hurdle Result

  1. Belfast Banter (33/1)
  2. Petit Mouchoir (22/1)
  3. Milkwood (28/1)
  4. Éclair De Beaufeu (11/1)

Things were heating up now as Gold Cup time approached on day 4, but first it was the turn of the three-mile novice hurdlers in the Albert Bartlett which featured no rock-solid favourite this time around and was an open affair.

In the end, however, there was a very impressive winner. Vanillier, trained by Gavin Cromwell, romped home by 11 lengths and should be considered to be a very live contender for next year’s Stayers’ Hurdle.

2021 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Result

  1. Vanillier (14/1)
  2. Oscar Elite (40/1)
  3. Streets Of Doyen (10/1)

Time for the big one! Day 4’s biggest race, Cheltenham’s biggest race, the season’s biggest race. The Gold Cup.

The story pre-race was Al Boum Photo, Willie Mullins’ star having won the previous two renewals and now coming in as favourite to win a third and be the first horse to do so since Best Mate back in 2004.

The race, in the end, was fascinating. The well-fancied Champ jumped appallingly from the beginning and was pulled-up early, with stablemate Santini following him shortly after.

With Frodon leading the way and looking strong until a few fences from home, Al Boum Photo, Minella Indo and A Plus Tard began to pull away and with the champion beaten into third it was down to the two Henry De Bromhead horses to find it out.

In the end, Rachael Blackmore chose the wrong one this time as Minella Indo got the best of the argument under Jack Kennedy, A Plus Tard filling second place in a pulsating race.

2021 Gold Cup Result

  1. Minella Indo (9/1)
  2. A Plus Tard (10/3)
  3. Al Boum Photo (9/4f)

After the excitement of the Gold Cup came the relatively serene atmosphere of the Hunters’ Chase. These experienced old horses certainly know their job, but it was the unfamiliar names of trainer Will Biddick and jockey Lorcan Williams who were asked up to the podium, courtesy of their Porlock Bay.

2021 Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase Result

  1. Porlock Bay (16/1)
  2. Billaway (2/1f)
  3. Staker Wallace (9/1)

The penultimate race of the 2021 Cheltenham Festival was the inaugural running of the Mares’ Chase, a Grade 2 event staged over 2½ miles.

As a new event, there were no trends for backers to cling to, but the market got it just about right as the two best-backed horses Colreevy and Elimay kicked away from the field and had the finish between them.

2021 Mares’ Chase Result

  1. Colreevy (9/4)
  2. Elimay (6/5f)
  3. Shattered Love (6/1)

As usual, the curtain was drawn on the Festival by the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, with the conditional winning the race being Sean O’Keeffe aboard Galopin Des Champs.

Finishing the day with a double after his earlier disappointment was trainer Willie Mullins, his runner coming home successfully at odds of 8/1 ahead of Langer Dan, the Imperial Cup winner who had been going for a big bonus.

2021 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Result

  1. Galopin Des Champs (8/1)
  2. Langer Dan (13/2)
  3. Floueur (33/1)
  4. Whatsupwithyou (33/1)

Cheltenham Favourites – Where Did They Place?

Just as there were in 2020, eight winning favourites landed the odds at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival although several more were placed and a number of well-backed second-favourites also went in.

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival Provided Few Clues About the Grand National

With Cross Country Chase winner Tiger Roll not entered, the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in end provided precious few clues regarding the Grand National a month later.

Of the placed horses at Cheltenham, only Farclas, Shantou Flyer and Shattered Love are in some way fancied to run big races at Aintree in the 4¼-mile spectacular on April 10th.

Cheltenham Runners on Track to Enter the Grand National

Most of this year’s Grand National runners were not aimed at Cheltenham Festival races, their trainers deciding to keep them fresh for what will be a monumental task at Aintree.

Of the few to perhaps run in both events, Denise Foster’s Farclas was a good second in the Stable Plate, albeit over 2½ miles, while Paul Nicholls’ Shantou Flyer was a solid third in the Kim Muir over 3¼ miles.

Shattered Love, trained like Farclas by Denise Foster for Gigginstown Stud, ran well to finish third in the inaugural Mares’ Chase and there is still an outside chance that Nicky Henderson’s Gold Cup flop Santini will turn up and attempt to take advantage of his perceived staying prowess.

What do Cheltenham Results Mean for the Grand National?

In terms of the betting, the 2021 Cheltenham Festival results mean very little in the context of the Grand National. Had Tiger Roll been involved, he would surely have now been a very warm favourite to win the race for the third time in four years but in his absence, the price of Cloth Cap has simply contracted even more.

About the Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the showpiece event at the four-day Cheltenham Festival, which is held each year in March. The race more often than not attracts the biggest betting turnover at the whole meeting.

A bit like the Grand National, the Gold Cup often attracts ‘once-a-year’ punters to place a bet on the race, which is another reason why the bookmakers like the race so much.

Run on the final day of the four-day Cheltenham Festival, the race is staged over a trip of 3m2 1/2f so a mix of stamina and speed are often wants needed when trying to find the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Golden Miller (1934) won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Aintree Grand National in the same season and remains the most-recent horse to win both these big races in the same year.
In more recent times, Best Mate, landed three Cheltenham Gold Cup between 2002 and 2004, while the popular Kauto Star became the first horse to win back his Gold Cup title with wins in 2007 and 2009.

The Willie Mullins yard grabbed their first Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2019 when the 7 year-old Al Boum Photo landed the spoils under jockey Paul Townend, who was also winning the race for the first time. The same horse followed up to win the Gold Cup in 2020 and become the first horse since Best Mate (2002, 2003 and 2004) to win the race in back-to-back seasons.
In the last 18 years we’ve seen 9 winning Cheltenham Gold Cup favourites land the prize, while every winner since 1999 has been aged 9 or younger.

Betting Markets

2021 Cheltenham Betting Market Results

  1. 1st – Minella Indo (9/1), Trainer: Henry De Bromhead, Jockey: Jack Kennedy
  2. 2nd – A Plus Tard (10/3)
  3. 3rd – Al Boum Photo (9/4f)

Having run very well behind Champ over three miles as a novice at the 2020 Festival, it wasn’t too much of a surprise to see Minella Indo land the Gold Cup and next year Monkfish will be trying a very similar trick.

As a weight-for-age race and not a handicap, only the first three count for official places in the Gold Cup also via special promotions many bookmakers were willing to pay out on fourth or even fifth place.

The Grand National on the other hand has four places as standard, with bookmaker’s likely to pay out on five, six or even more places if you look for the right deal.

Bookmakers to Bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup

The following table contains all the important information about the best bookmakers where you can bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup and about their Cheltenham betting offers:

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Unibet tends to provide their players with a plethora of promotions. Their welcome offer definitely deserves a big plus in our book as it allows you to stay in the game if your first bet loses. You can also enjoy the additional casino funds that come with this promotion. All in all, this is a really good welcome offer, in our opinion.

Paddy Power also gives you a risk free bet which helps you to bet more freely as a new customer on this platform. Yet the amount of their welcome bonus is not as high as the previous operator, but there are other perks of using this online bookie. You can find more about it in the online reviews of this online bookie.

As for bet365, we are happy to say that this already established brand has their own signup offers as well. To find out more about these promotions and this operator, make sure to visit their website and check out their Promotions page.

As you can see, there is a good reason why these three brands are in our review. It is now up to you to find the best option for yourself.

*all odds subjects to change. 

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