Maghull Novices Chase Odds

Ornua winning the 2019 Maghull Novices' Chase under Davy Russell
Ornua winning the 2019 Maghull Novices' Chase under Davy Russell

A Grade 1 novice chase over two miles, the market for the Maghull Novices' Chase regularly proves to be a lively one, and usually involves the key players from the Arkle Trophy at the previous month's Cheltenham Festival. 

The latest odds for the Maghull Novices' Chase will be listed below just as soon as they become available.

Maghull Novices’ Chase Tips

You can find our tip for the Maghull Novices’ Chase a little closer to the time. 

What is the Maghull Novices’ Chase?

The Maghull Novices' Chase is a Grade 1 event at Aintree, run over two miles, and is traditionally held on Grand National Saturday. 

Like many high-profile races at Aintree, the race gets it's name from a town local to the area, Maghull, and tends to involve runners who ran in the previous month's Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival. 

The race has several illustrious names on its roll of honour, including Sprinter Sacre and Douvan.

What happened in the 2019 Maghull Novices’ Chase?

As is normally the case in the Maghull, five of the seven-runner field had run in the previous month's Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham. The best-placed of those was the Joseph O'Brien-trained Us And Them, who was second in the Arkle, and he was the 3/1 joint-favourite with the Henry de Bromhead-trained Ornua - who fell early on in the same race.

The market was proven correct, and Ornua bounced back from his mishap in the Arkle by controlling matters from the front, and the majority of the field struggled to land a blow - with the front three pulling 20 lengths clear of the remainder. Ornua and Us And Them pulled clear of Destrier in the closing stages, and Ornua pulled clear to set himself out as a potential Champion Chaser next season - particularly if the all-conquering Altior remains over further.

The history of the Maghull Novices' Chase

Established in 1954, the Maghull Novices' Chase has become one of the key two-mile novice chases of the season, and is regularly used as the final start of the campaign for the best in the division that year. The race was originally a Grade 2 contest, before being upgraded to Grade 1 status in 1995. 

Runners regularly run in both the Arkle Trophy and the Maghull in the same season, and the last horse to complete the double was the Willie Mullins-trained Douvan, in 2016. Several subsequent champion chasers have won the race over the years, including Flagship Umberalles, Finian's Rainbow, Sprinter Sacre and Special Tiara.

Are there any trials for the Maghull Novices' Chase?

As a Grade 1 novices' chase, the route to the Maghull is a defined one, and runners regularly head here after running in the previous month's Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival. Before Cheltenham, races to keep an eye on include the Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown, the Wayward Lad Novices' Chase at Kempton and the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown. 

Who is the most successful jockey in the Maghull Novices Chase?

Ruby Walsh is the winning most jockey in the history of the Maghull Novices' Chase, with three wins. Walsh's three wins came courtesy of Le Roi Miguel (2003), Twist Magic (2007) and Tataniano (2010).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Maghull Novices Chase?

To put it simply, Paul Nicholls has farmed the Maghull Novice Chase. The Ditcheat handler has won the race a remarkable eight times, through Flagship Uberalles (1999), Armaturk (2002), Le Roi Miguel (2003), Twist Magic (2007), Tataniano (2010), San Benedeto (2017) and Diego Du Charmil (2018).

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