The world is beginning to seem just that little bit merrier as the Cheltenham International meeting begins its approach.
With The November Meeting still fresh in our memories, there’s not much time to regain composure as The International Meeting is right around the corner.
Offering 15 spectacular races across two festive days just two weeks before Christmas, The International is an event race-goers look forward to all year long.
Featuring such gems as The International Handicap Steeple Chase, The International Gold Cup and The International Hurdle itself amongst a variety of other prestigious encounters, it’s one of the best events of the year for getting involved in some lucrative betting opportunities.
Whether you’re a seasoned Cheltenham racing veteran or a hopeful punter looking to make some extra cash just before the festive period, this article will have all the information you need to know to make the most informed decisions on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December 2021.
First up, we’ll take a look at each of the races that will be taking place on each of the two days during The Cheltenham International Meeting on the second weekend of December this year.
Here are the full schedules of each of Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of December 2021 at Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire:
Day One – Friday 10 December 2021
11:30 – The British EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle Race
12:05 – The International Decorative Surfaces Novices’ Steeple Chase
12:40 – The Catesby Handicap Hurdle Race
13:15 – The CF Roberts Electrical + Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Steeple Chase
13:50 – The Fitzdares Club Loves The Peterborough Chase
14:25 – The International Handicap Steeple Chase
15:00 – The Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Steeple Chase
15:35 – The CITIPOST Handicap Hurdle Race
Day Two – Saturday 11 December 2021
12:05 – The JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle
12:40 – The Jockey Club Cheltenham and SW Syndicate Novices’ Steeple Chase
13:15 – The Spreadex Handicap Steeple Chase
13:50 – The International Gold Cup
14:25 – The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Race
15:00 – The Unibet International
15:35 – The Close Brothers Mares’ Handicap Hurdle
Main Event – The Unibet International Hurdle
Run across the New Course at Cheltenham as the centrepiece of The Cheltenham International Meeting, The International is a Grade 2 National Hunt hurdle race that features horses aged four years old and over.
The race, which measures 2 miles and 179 yards in distance, features 8 hurdles for the experienced, elite racehorses to navigate.
As we await confirmation of this year’s runners, we’ll take a look at last year’s entrants and who we can expect to see in contention for The Unibet International Hurdle on Saturday the 11th of December 2021.
Last year’s racecard for The Unibet International was as follows:
(4) Song For Someone (GER) – 6/1 – Aidan Coleman – Tom Symonds
(6) Silver Streak (IRE) – 10/1 – Adam Wedge – Evan Williams
(1) Ballyandy (GB) – 14/1 – Sam Twiston-Davies – Nigel Twiston-Davies
(3) Sceau Royal (FR) – 10/1 – Daryl Jacob – Alan King
(5) Summerville Boy (IRE) – 14/1 – Tom Scudamore – Tom George
(7) Ch’tibello (FR) – 11/1 – Harry Skelton – Dan Skelton
(2) Call Me Lord (FR) – 28/1 – James Bowen – Nicky Henderson
(10) Verdana Blue (IRE) – 17/2 – Nico de Boinville – Nicky Henderson
(9) Stormy Ireland (FR) – 14/1 – Harry Cobden – Paul Nicholls
(8) Goshen (FR) – 6/4(f) – Jamie Moore – Gary Moore
Odds For The Cheltenham International Hurdle
As you can see from last year’s racecard, the odds for this showcase race, regardless of the number of runners that are taking part, offers some excellent prices for the savvy punters that like to get involved.
With the 6/4 priced race favourite Goshen finishing in dead last, the race was completely opened up for a higher-priced horse to take advantage.
10/1 priced Silver Streak finished just a nose behind race second-favourite Song For Someone in second place, inches from earning his backers 10x their stake in profits.
Even a £10 each-way bet on third-placed Ballyandy would have returned £38, which of course includes a tidy £18 profit on a third-placed horse. This would have been a fantastic bet, as the total returns if he had managed to pull off a win would have been £188.
The odds for this year’s International aren’t quite yet available as the runners are still unconfirmed, however, you can always bet the odds will be particularly generous.
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The Unibet International Hurdle Records
If you’re the type to look at the history and records of a race to determine who you think is worth placing your money on, here’s some information you might find interesting.
The most successful trainer in The Unibet International Hurdle is Nicky Henderson, who last won the time out before last in 2019 with Call Me Lord with a starting price of 2/1.
Nicky Henderson has a total of 6 wins in this race but only managed 7th and 8th with his runners last year. He’ll be hoping to get back on track this December.
Sam Twiston-Davies may only have half the wins of the leading jockey in The Unibet International (Richard Johnson) but did manage three consecutive wins in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
After a third-place finish on 14/1 priced Ballyandy last year, Sam will be eager to get a fourth win under his belt in an attempt to push for that “most wins” record.