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National Hunt Chase 2021 Racecard

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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4:50 Tue 16 Mar NATIONAL HUNT CHASE

Distance: 29f 201y Age: 5yo + Prize: £93,750

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
2268-152F
jockey silks 1. ACEY MILAN (IRE)
T: Anthony Honeyball
7
11-6
2268-152F
2
3748412F
jockey silks 2. BORN BY THE SEA (IRE)
T: Paul John Gilligan, Ireland
7
11-6
3748412F
3
6F-435226
jockey silks 3. BRAESIDE (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-6
6F-435226
4
09-242311
jockey silks 4. COKO BEACH (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-6
09-242311
5
F5-F221PP
jockey silks 5. DARLAC (FR)
T: Colin Tizzard
8
11-6
F5-F221PP
6
7332-1132
jockey silks 6. DEMACHINE (IRE)
T: Kerry Lee
7
11-6
7332-1132
7
214/2
jockey silks 7. DICKIE DIVER (IRE)
T: Nicky Henderson
8
11-6
214/2
8
4134-044P
jockey silks 8. EDEN DU HOUX (FR)
T: David Pipe
7
11-6
4134-044P
9
23110-512
jockey silks 9. ESCARIA TEN (FR)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-6
23110-512
10
14/3-1U6
jockey silks 10. EUROBOT
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
7
11-6
14/3-1U6
11
1613-4F44
jockey silks 11. EVA'S OSKAR (IRE)
T: Tim Vaughan
7
11-6
1613-4F44
12
4-3584143
jockey silks 12. FORZA MILAN (IRE)
T: James A. Nash, Ireland
9
11-6
4-3584143
13
U422-1111
jockey silks 13. GALVIN (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-6
U422-1111
14
P0-943143
jockey silks 14. GOLAN FORTUNE (IRE)
T: Phil Middleton
9
11-6
P0-943143
15
1334-121
jockey silks 15. HAPPYGOLUCKY (IRE)
T: Kim Bailey
7
11-6
1334-121
16
2112-1222
jockey silks 16. LATEST EXHIBITION (IRE)
T: Paul Nolan, Ireland
8
11-6
2112-1222
17
PU6-3243R
jockey silks 17. LITHIC (IRE)
T: Jonjo O'Neill
10
11-6
PU6-3243R
18
1338-6231
jockey silks 18. LONGHOUSE POET (IRE)
T: Martin Brassil, Ireland
7
11-6
1338-6231
19
12-F52
jockey silks 19. LORD ROYAL (FR)
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
6
11-6
12-F52
20
34-15P39U
jockey silks 20. MACGILONEY (IRE)
T: Denis Hogan, Ireland
8
11-6
34-15P39U
21
222
jockey silks 21. MILANFORD (IRE)
T: Nick Mitchell
7
11-6
222
22
PP/P4-2522
jockey silks 22. NESTOR PARK (FR)
T: Ben Pauling
8
11-6
PP/P4-2522
23
211
jockey silks 23. NEXT DESTINATION (IRE)
T: Paul Nicholls
9
11-6
211
24
12444-314
jockey silks 24. OFALLTHEGINJOINTS (IRE)
T: Colin Tizzard
7
11-6
12444-314
25
4214-1123
jockey silks 25. PENCILFULLOFLEAD (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-6
4214-1123
26
213-321P
jockey silks 26. PORT OF MARS (IRE)
T: Olly Murphy
7
11-6
213-321P
27
9/44F2P-15
jockey silks 27. PRIME VENTURE (IRE)
T: Evan Williams
10
11-6
9/44F2P-15
28
52P33-111
jockey silks 28. REMASTERED
T: David Pipe
8
11-6
52P33-111
29
5U2/23-111
jockey silks 29. ROYALE PAGAILLE (FR)
T: Venetia Williams
7
11-6
5U2/23-111
30
F1-345522
jockey silks 30. RUN WILD FRED (IRE)
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
7
11-6
F1-345522
31
4U43-4636
jockey silks 31. SALTY BOY (IRE)
T: David Bridgwater
8
11-6
4U43-4636
32
15/522-F11
jockey silks 32. SECRET REPRIEVE (IRE)
T: Evan Williams
7
11-6
15/522-F11
33
945-112FP
jockey silks 33. SIZING AT MIDNIGHT (IRE)
T: Colin Tizzard
9
11-6
945-112FP
34
5F-11112P
jockey silks 34. SOLDIER OF LOVE
T: Paul Nicholls
8
11-6
5F-11112P
35
322-0854P
jockey silks 35. SOME DETAIL (IRE)
T: Nigel Hawke
7
11-6
322-0854P
36
6131-21
jockey silks 36. ST BARTS (IRE)
T: Philip Hobbs
7
11-6
6131-21
37
3251-2114
jockey silks 37. THE FERRY MASTER (IRE)
T: Sandy Thomson
8
11-6
3251-2114
38
FF0-132P0
jockey silks 38. THE MIGHTY DON (IRE)
T: Nick Gifford
9
11-6
FF0-132P0
39
217-21543
jockey silks 39. THE WOLF (FR)
T: Olly Murphy
7
11-6
217-21543
40
11614-1F5
jockey silks 40. LEGENDS GOLD (IRE)
T: Rebecca Curtis
7
10-13
11614-1F5
41
92-3212
jockey silks 41. SNOW LEOPARDESS
T: Charlie Longsdon
9
10-13
92-3212

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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. He has since added a fourth Cheltenham Festival win, when successfully defending his Cross Country Crown in 2019.

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), Patrick Mullins, who won the race on Back in Focus (2013) and Rathvinden (2018), and Jamie Codd, who added to Cause of Causes’ 2015 win when guiding Le Breuil to a gutsy success in the 2019 renewal.

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National Hunt Chase 2020 FAQs

What is the distance of the National Hunt Chase?

3 miles, 7 furlongs and 170 yards

How many obstacles 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?

£125,000 (2019)

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, Patrick Mullins and Jamie Codd.

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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