National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup

national hunt chase challenge cup
Introduced1860
RacecourseCheltenham, Old Course
Race Distance 3 miles, 7 1/2 furlongs
Entry ConditionsHorses aged 5 and over
Current SponsorN/A
Date & TimeDay 1 / Tuesday 10th March 2020 / 17:30
Leading Jockey Jamie Codd + 11 more with 2 wins
Leading Trainer Jonjo O’Neill  with 6 wins

The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup is the seventh and final race to take place on day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. It is run on the Cheltenham old course over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 7 1/2 furlongs and features 25 fences.

The race was introduced in 1860, making it the second oldest race at the festival with the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase first run in 1834. However, due to the Grand Annual Chase being absent from the festival for the majority of the late 19th century, The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup has been run more times than any other race at the Cheltenham Festival.

National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Past Winners

Year   Horse Age Price Trainer Jockey Distances
2019 1st Le Breuil 7 28-1 B Pauling J J Codd  
  2nd Discorama 6 28-1 P Nolan B O’Neill 1/2 a Length
  3rd Jerrysback 8 14-1 P J Hobbs D G Lavery 47 Lengths
2018 1st Rathvinden 10 13-2 W P Mullins P W Mullins  
  2nd Ms Parfois 7 7-1 A J Honeyball W Biddick 1/2 a Length
  3rd Sizing Tenessee 10 10-1 C L Tizard B O’Neill 21 Lengths
2017 1st  Tiger Roll 7 16-1 G Elliott Lisa O’Neill  
  2nd Missed Approach 7 50-1 W Greatrex N Mc Parlan 3 Lengths
  3rd Haymount 8 33-1 W P Mullins P W Mullins 3/4 of a Length
2016 1st  Minella Rocco 6 18-1 Jonjo O’Neill D N Russell  
  2nd Native River 6 7-1 C L Tizard M Legg 1 1/4 Lengths
  3rd Measureofmydreams 8 9-1 W P Mullins K Walsh 6 Lengths
2015 1st  Cause of Causes 7 8-1 G Elliott J J Codd  
  2nd Broadway Buffalo 7 12-1 D Pipe K Walsh 1 1/2 Lengths
  3rd The Job Is Right 7 10-2 M Hourigan N D Fehily Neck

National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Trends

  • 7 of the last 10 National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup winners had run at Cheltenham Festival previously
  • 10 of the last 14 National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup winners were ages 7 or 8 years old
  • Only 2 National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup winners were aged 5 or 6 since 1989
  • 11 of the last 18 National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup winners either won or finished 2nd last time out

National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Betting Offers

Both online and land-based bookmakers are running a number of betting offers for the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup this year. You’ll be able to take advantage of offers such as best odds guaranteed, price boosts, extra places and free bet offers on every race at Cheltenham including this one.

There are also a number of ante-post betting offers available such as ‘none-runner-no-bet’ which are worth taking advantage of if you are planning on getting your bets on early.

See below for a list of currently available National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup betting offers.

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