UK bookmakers have priced up which race could be cancelled at The Festival at Cheltenham 2021 following news that a new Mares race over fences will be introduced.
The Novice Handicap Chase is the most likely race to be dropped from the five-day festival in March, priced at just 5/4 to no longer be in place at the Greatest Show on Turf.
After that it is not good news for fans of the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, which is priced at 9/4 to be the dropped from The Festival in a few years’ time. Following various safety concerns over the future of the National Hunt race that race is 5/1 to be dropped in favour of the Mares race.
The Kim Muir Handicap Chase is next at 7/1, followed by the Martin Pipe Conditionals Handicap Hurdle (12/1) and the Brown Advisory Handicap Chase (12/1).
As expected, fans of the marquee races at Cheltenham need not worry, with the likes of the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, Ryanair Chase, Stayers Hurdle and the Gold Cup Chase all 1000/1 to be dropped.
“The introduction of a Mares chase to the festival is exciting news, but sadly it means we may have to lose one," said Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson
"The Novice and Juvenile chases are the clear favourites to be replaced, which will make it a lot more difficult for the inexperienced horses to taste success at the Festival," he said.
The market for which race will be dropped at Cheltenham 2021
5/4 - Novice Handicap Chase (Fav)
9/4 - Juvenile Handicap Hurdle
5/1 - National Hunt Chase
7/1 - Kim Muir Handicap Chase
12/1 - Martin Pipe Conditionals Handicap Hurdle
12/1 - Brown Advisory Handicap Chase
14/1 - Mares Novice Hurdle
25/1 - JLT Novice Chase
25/1 - Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle
500/1 - RSA Novice Chase
500/1 - Triumph Hurdle
1000/1 - Champion Hurdle
1000/1 - Queen Mother Champion Chase
1000/1 - Ryanair Chase