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Cheltenham 16:50 Result

Sam Vestey National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • 5yo+, 12 Runners
  • jumps, Turf
  • Winner £52,753, 2nd £19,875, 3rd £9,947, 4th £4,969, 5th £2,494, 6th £1,247, 7th £619, 8th £319
  • Distance 3m 5f 201y
  • Going SOFT (Good to soft in places) changing to GOOD TO SOFT (Soft in places) after Race 5 (3.40)
  • Off Time 16:50
  • Winning Time 07:57
  • Race Status: WeighedIn
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  • Galvin silk
    • Jack Kennedy
    • I R Ferguson
    • 7 years, 11-6
    2 Tips
    1 Nap

    midfield, mistake 2nd, hit 7th, chased leader 14th, pushed along home turn, made challenge last, soon led, ridden out and kept on well


    • The Irish Sun

    Tipped by:

    • Sam Walker - RP Ratings
    • Rob Wright - The Times
  • Next Destination silk
    1 ½
    Next Destination
    • Harry Cobden
    • Paul Nicholls
    • 9 years, 11-6
    6 Tips
    1 Nap

    tracked leader, led narrowly 3 out, headed and ridden 2 out, lost second last, chased winner final 110yds, stayed on


    • Ian Gaughran - Irish Herald

    Tipped by:

    • The Scout - Daily Express
    • Newsboy - Daily Mirror
    • Richard Austen - SPOTLIGHT
    • Marlborough - Telegraph
    • The Guardian
    • James Stevens - WEST COUNTRY
  • Escaria Ten silk
    1 ½
    Escaria Ten
    • A P Heskin
    • Mrs Denise Foster
    • 7 years, 11-6
    3 Tips
    1 Nap
    11/4 F

    tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, hit 15th, shaken up 3 out, ridden and led narrowly 2 out, headed just after last, lost second final 110yds, kept on


    • Robin Goodfellow - Daily Mail

    Tipped by:

    • Robin Goodfellow - Daily Mail
    • Garry Owen - Daily Record
  • Snow Leopardess silk
    Snow Leopardess
    • Aidan Coleman
    • Charlie Longsdon
    • 9 years, 10-13
    1 Tip
    2 Naps

    chased leaders, ridden 2 out, soon outpaced, went modest fourth run-in


    • Liverpool Echo
    • The Irish Field

    Tipped by:

  • Remastered silk
    • Tom Scudamore
    • David Pipe
    • 8 years, 11-6
    2 Tips

    led, not fluent 4 out, headed 3 out, lost second and pushed along home turn, ridden and outpaced after 2 out, weakened run-in

    Tipped by:

    • Jason Heavey - The Star
    • Templegate - The Sun
  • The Mighty Don silk
    1 ¾
    The Mighty Don
    • James Davies
    • Nick Gifford
    • 9 years, 11-6
    1 Nap

    midfield, chased leaders 18th, not fluent 4 out, ridden 3 out, outpaced home turn, weakened gradually from 2 out


    • - sportinglife.com
  • Lord Royal silk
    1 ½
    Lord Royal
    • Paul Townend
    • W P Mullins
    • 6 years, 11-6
    1 Nap

    held up in rear, jumped right 18th, headway and in touch with leaders 4 out, shaken up 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened gradually from 2 out


    • Melissa Jones - Mirror Online
  • Eden Du Houx silk
    Eden Du Houx
    • David Noonan
    • David Pipe
    • 7 years, 11-6
    Tip button hidden

    always towards rear, ridden 3 out, soon weakened

  • Ofalltheginjoints silk
    • Robbie Power
    • Colin Tizzard
    • 7 years, 11-6
    Tip button hidden

    held up in rear, pushed along briefly 16th, in touch with leaders when ridden 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out

  • Nestor Park silk
    Nestor Park
    • Luca Morgan
    • Ben Pauling
    • 8 years, 11-6
    Tip button hidden

    chased leaders, slow jump 6th, jumped left 8th (water), jumped left 9th, blundered and lost position 19th, mistake and dropped to rear 4 out, well behind when pulled up before 2 out

  • Macgiloney silk
    • Sean Flanagan
    • Denis Gerard Hogan
    • 8 years, 11-6
    Tip button hidden

    always towards rear, not fluent 14th, behind when pulled up before 19th

  • Lithic silk
    • Jonjo O'Neill Jr
    • Jonjo O'Neill
    • 10 years, 11-6
    Tip button hidden

    midfield, mistake and lost position 15th, in rear 16th, pulled up before 18th

  • Soldier Of Love silk
    Soldier Of Love
    • Non Runner
    • Paul Nicholls
    • 8 years, 11-6
    Tip button hidden

    unsuitable ground


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National Hunt Chase Tips

Chris Baker and Sean Raymond both fancy this Paul Nicholls runner to win the 4 miler.

16:50 Tue - NH Chase
Next Destination silk

Next Destination

Cheltenham Tips

What is the National Hunt Chase?

The National Hunt Chase is the final race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival, Champion Day, which takes place on a Tuesday in March. The race is a Grade 2 novices’ chase over three miles and six furlongs (from 2020), and is exclusively for amateur riders. The race was traditionally held over four miles, though the distance was changed due to animal welfare concerns after the 2019 renewal, which was won by Le Breuil. The race regularly produces a smart staying chaser, with the dual Grand National-winner Tiger Roll winning the race in 2017.   

The history of the National Hunt Chase

The National Hunt Chase was first run back in 1860, and holds the distinction of being run more times than any other race at the Cheltenham Festival. The race has been named in honour of several legendary figures of the sport in recent years, including Sir Peter O’Sullevan in 2008, John Oaksey in 2013, Terry Biddlecombe in 2014 and Toby Balding in 2015. The race was upgraded to listed status in 2014, and was again boosted to Grade 2 status in 2017. Following the 2019 renewal, the BHA announced a series of changes to the conditions of the race, which included shortening the distance by two furlongs to three miles and six furlongs.   

What happened in the 2021 National Hunt Chase?

Galvin produced a fine staying performance to fend off the gutsy Next Destination to win the marathon contest, while that pair beat third placed Escaria Ten in a race that saw the fancied contenders battle it out for victory.

Who is the most iconic winner of National Hunt Chase?

The National Hunt Chase has proven to be a good breeding ground for staying chasers, and several winners of the race have gone on to make their mark in the Grand National - though none more so than the 2017 winner, Tiger Roll. The 2014 Triumph Hurdle winner had proven a talented but quirky individual up to this point, losing his enthusiasm for the game to the point that he was even tried on the Flat at Dundalk by his trainer in March 2016 (rather than head to the Cheltenham Festival!), but he has really come into his own since switching to fences, and his 2017 National Hunt Chase felt like his coming of age moment. It hardly needs documenting what Tiger Roll has achieved since, winning back-to-back renewals of the Cross Country Chase at the Festival in 2018 and 2019 and becoming the first horse since Red Rum to successfully defend his Grand National crown at Aintree in April 2019. He will be back in 2020, and it remains to be seen whether he will go for a hat-trick of wins in the Cross Country Chase, or whether connections will aim for an even loftier prize...

Are there any trials for the National Hunt Chase? 

Contenders for the National Hunt Chase can come from many different places, though there are several listed and graded novice contests worth keeping an eye on throughout the season, including the John Francombe Novices’ Chase at Newbury, the Patrick Coyne Memorial Novices’ Chase at Haydock, the Hampton Novices’ Chase at Warwick and the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown.  

Who is the most successful jockey in the National Hunt Chase?

In total, 12 jockeys share the accolade of having ridden two winners in the National Hunt Chase, with the most recent being Jamie Codd - who was successful on Cause of Causes in 2015 and Le Breuil in 2019. Other names on the list include Willie Mullins (Hazy Dawn in 1982 and Macks Friendly in 1984), Tony Martin (Smooth Escort in 1991 and Deejaydee in 1999) and Willie’s son Patrick Mullins (Back In Focus in 2013 and Rathvinden in 2018). 

Who is the most successful trainer in the National Hunt Chase?

The most successful trainer in the history of the National Hunt Chase in Jonjo O’Neill, who has won the race six times. Jonjo O’Neill’s wins in the race came courtesy of Front Line (1995), Rith Dubh (2002), Sudden Shock (2003), Native Emperor (2004), Butler’s Cabin (2007) and Minella Rocco (2016). 

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