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The National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase is the second-oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival, but has actually been run the most number of times because the Grand Annual handicap wasn’t run for a large period of the late 19th century.

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Tuesday 12 March

Distance: 31f 147y Age: 5yo + Prize: £125000 Going: Soft

FORM SILKS HORSE AGE ODDS
ENTRY JOCKEY & TRAINER WGT
jockey silks BALLYWARD (IRE)
55 stars
7 11-6
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1 J: Mr P. W. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Fourth in last year's Albert Bartlett and surpassed that form over fences with victory in 3m Naas Grade 3 in January, left clear last by Discorama's fall. 4m sure to suit and will progress further.
jockey silks BEYOND THE LAW (IRE)
22 stars
7 11-6
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2 J: Mr J. C. Barry
T: M. F. Morris, Ireland
Useful maiden chaser who ran respectably in novice handicap at Naas last time. Plenty of improvement needed to figure in this in a first-time hood and stamina is a big query.
jockey silks CHEF DES OBEAUX (FR)
33 stars
7 11-6
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3 J: Mr M. J. O'Hare
T: Nicky Henderson
Improved for first-time cheekpieces when winning 3¼m novice at Chepstow (by 18 lengths from Jammin Masters) last time. Still room for improvement in his jumping, but should stay this longer trip.
jockey silks CLONDAW CIAN (IRE)
11 stars
9 11-6
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4 J: Mr Damien Skehan
T: Sophie Leech
One-time useful hurdler/chaser with only one real effort of note for some time for Suzy Smith and facing a stiff task for new yard after 3 months off.
jockey silks DISCORAMA (FR)
33 stars
6 11-6
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5 J: Mr Barry O'Neill
T: Paul Nolan, Ireland
Runner-up in last year's Martin Pipe and has quickly made up into a smart chaser, winning 19f Naas event on return. Keeping on when falling last in Grade 3 won by Ballyward last time. 4m will be fine.
jockey silks GUN DIGGER (IRE)
33 stars
7 11-6
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6 J: Ms L. O'Neill
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
Left clear in 21f Leopardstown maiden chase over Christmas but not so good at Punchestown next time. Tongue tie now added to usual cheekpieces upped markedly in trip.
jockey silks IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE)
33 stars
9 11-6
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7 J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
T: Neil Mulholland
Picked a good time to register first win over fences in the Classic Chase at Warwick 2 months ago. Fourth in this last year but a fair bit to find with Ok Corral (second to him at Plumpton on return).
jockey silks JERRYSBACK (IRE)
33 stars
7 11-6
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8 J: Mr D. G. Lavery
T: Philip Hobbs
Has made a bright start over fences, jumping well when winning at Bangor then second in a couple of small-field Grade 2s. Should have more to offer over long distances and not one to dismiss.
jockey silks JOHANOS (FR)
33 stars
8 11-6
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9 J: Mr Kieren Buckley
T: Nigel Hawke
Progressive and a dual winner over hurdles in 2017. Encouraging return when fourth in 23.4f Newbury novice handicap on chase bow in December and entitled to improve for all this is a lot tougher.
jockey silks JUST YOUR TYPE (IRE)
33 stars
7 11-6
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10 J: Mr Robert James
T: Charlie Longsdon
Yet to add to his point and hurdles wins in 4 runs over fences but continues to look an out-and-out stayer, things not going his way in the Eider last month. Each-way claims.
jockey silks LE BREUIL (FR)
33 stars
7 11-6
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11 J: Mr J. J. Codd
T: Ben Pauling
Sound jumper who has remained in form in some good novice events since winning a match on his chase debut/return. Another potential improver now upped to a marathon trip with top amateur booked.
jockey silks MULCAHYS HILL (IRE)
33 stars
7 11-6
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12 J: Mr N. McParlan
T: Warren Greatrex
Useful hurdler who matched that form over fences when chasing home Jerrysback at Bangor in first-time cheekpieces. Stiff task in the Scilly Isles after a wind op next time and remains with potential.
jockey silks OK CORRAL (IRE)
44 stars
9 11-6
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13 J: Mr Derek O'Connor
T: Nicky Henderson
Runner-up in last year's Albert Bartlett and going to be even better over fences, impressing when making it 2 from 2 in listed 3m Warwick event under top amateur in January. 4m sure to suit.
jockey silks PLANTAGENET
22 stars
7 11-6
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14 J: Mr Matthew Fielding
T: Seamus Mullins
Took another step forward with headgear re-fitted when winning 25.7f Plumpton amateurs' handicap chase under this rider last month. Plenty more needed to get competitive in this.
jockey silks SKIPTHECUDDLES (IRE)
33 stars
8 11-6
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15 J: Miss Lilly Pinchin
T: Graeme McPherson
Useful staying hurdler who beat a weak finisher in a match over fences at Market Rasen (3m) last month. This is a whole different test but he could have more in the locker.
jockey silks WARTHOG (FR)
22 stars
7 11-6
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16 J: Mr Richard Deegan
T: David Pipe
Led from pillar to post on chase debut at Sandown on return (only 6 finished out of 14) and back on track when third in another race that fell apart at Haydock last time. Looks up against it here.
jockey silks WHISPERINTHEBREEZE
44 stars
6 11-6
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17 J: Mr Finian Maguire
T: Mrs J. Harrington, Ireland
Continued his progression when winning a hot Leopardstown handicap chase (21f) last month, jumping soundly up front and keeping on well. This has been the target and he's definitely a player.
jockey silks ATLANTA ABLAZE
33 stars
8 10-13
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18 J: Mr William Biddick
T: Henry Daly
Has had a fine season, winning last 2 completed starts in listed mares' chases by wide margins, again jumping well at Wincanton (25f) last time. Considered under rider with plenty of form in the race.

Analyst's Verdict

It looks significant that BALLYWARD is the sole Willie Mullins runner given the fine record of son Patrick and the yard in the race. He probably would have won at Naas even without Discorama's fall and he should relish this test. OK Corral jumped like a seasoned pro when winning on just his second start over fences at Warwick and is a big player. Whisperinthebreeze completes the shortlist.

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The inaugural running of the National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase was in 1860, but the race was transferred permanently to Cheltenham in 1911.

Often referred to colloquially as the ‘four miler’, the National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase for amateur riders, which is open to horses aged five years or older.

It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham, and, as the name suggests, is run over a distance of about four miles (3 miles 7 furlongs and 170 yards), and during its running there are twenty-four fences to be jumped.

The race is for novice chasers, those horses that have not won a race over fences before that season, and was upgraded to Grade 2 status in 2017 having previously been a listed contest.

The race’s title has been added to in recent years to commemorate notable names from the world of horse racing.

The 2008 running was titled the Peter O'Sullevan National Hunt Chase in celebration of the 90th birthday of the ‘Voice of Racing’ Peter O'Sullevan, while the 2012 running was titled the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

The 2013 race was run as the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase in memory of John Oaksey, a notable amateur National Hunt jockey and racing journalist who died in September 2012.

The National Hunt Chase included the name of former champion jockey Terry Biddlecombe, who died in January 2014, in its title that year, while the 2015 race name celebrated the life of trainer Toby Balding.

The most successful National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase trainer is Jonjo O’Neill , who has won the race six times since 1995, with: Front Line (1995), Rith Dubh (2002), Sudden Shock (2003), Native Emperor (2004), Butler's Cabin (2007), and Minella Rocco (2016).

Willie Mullins has won the race twice as a trainer, including with Rathvinden in 2018, but he also won the race twice as a jockey when riding for his father Paddy Mullins, the trainer of Dawn Run who is the only horse to ever complete the Champion Hurdle/Gold Cup double.

Dawn Run was ridden by Jonjo O’Neill on both occasions. Willie Mullins recorded National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase wins as a jockey with Hazy Dawn (1982) and Macks Friendly (1984), and is one of a large number of jockeys that have won the race on two occasions.

One of those is his own son Patrick , who won the National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase with Back In Focus (2013) and Rathvinden.

The 2017 renewal of the National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase was renamed in honour of JT McNamara , the amateur rider who sustained a serious back injury and a broken neck after a fall at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival which left him paralysed and using a wheelchair.

McNamara won the National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase twice, with Rith Dubh (2002) and ten years later with Teaforthree (2012). McNamara passed away in 2016. No jockey has won the National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase more than twice in recent times.

In terms of Timeform ratings, a smart performance of usually needed to win the National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase.

That was the case in 2017 when Tiger Roll prevailed for trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Lisa O’Neill.

Tiger Roll produced a then career-best effort that day, but even bigger days were to come, the former Triumph Hurdle winner going on to add a third Cheltenham Festival win when winning the 2018 Cross Country.

Less than a month later, he added the biggest win of his career when landing the 2018 Grand National at Aintree.

As you’d expect given the National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase’s distance of four miles, many of the field go on to compete in the Grand National.

The most successful National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase jockeys still riding are Derek O'Connor, who has won the race with Chicago Grey (2011) and Minella Rocco (2016), and Patrick Mullins, who won the race on Back in Focus (2013) and Rathvinden (2018).

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National Hunt Chase 2019 FAQs

What is the distance of the National Hunt Chase?

3 miles, 7 furlongs and 170 yards

How many fences are jumped in the National Hunt Chase?

24

What day of the festival is the National Hunt Chase?

Day 1

What time is the National Hunt Chase?

17:30

What weights are carried for the National Hunt Chase?

11 st 6 lb (6yo+). 11 st 4 lb (5yo).

What is the purse for the National Hunt Chase?

£120,000 (2018)

Who is the leading jockey in the National Hunt Chase*?

Dermot Daly, Bunny Cox, George Small, John Fowler, Tony Fowler, Willie Mullins, Tony Martin, Marcus Armytage, JT McNamara, Derek O'Connor and Patrick Mullins

Who is the leading trainer in the National Hunt Chase*?

Jonjo O’Neill

Who won the National Hunt Chase?

You can check out our National Hunt Chase results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the National Hunt Chase?

Click the link to visit our National Hunt Chase Odds Comparison page.

*Since 1946

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