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National Hunt Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 1)

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The penultimate race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival is the National Hunt Steeple Chase which is a four mile chase for amateur riders. It is open to novice chaser and consists of twenty-four obstacles. The Willie Mullins trained horse Rathvinden won last year's renewal - on a very testing ground - at odds of 9/2.. Don't miss our National Hunt Chase race preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

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The National Hunt Chase is a huge test for both horses and jockeys and a very tough race to win. It's a Grade 2 National Hunt chase, run over four miles, for novice chasers aged five and older. There are 24 fences to be jumped, so this contest is a true test of stamina and jumping skills. Irish trainers have a very good record in this race, with both Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins winning the race in recent years.

With many interesting horses in the field this season we can expect a great National Hunt Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's National Hunt 2019 and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

OK CORRAL, second in the Albert Bartlett last season, made a perfect start to his chasing career in two starts to date. The most recent of those wins came in a listed contest at Warwick. Prior to that he landed a race at Plumpton. He has an official rating of 153 which gives him a big advantage over many of his rivals at level weights.

BALLYWARD can follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Rathvinden. He was 4th in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle twelve months ago and then filled the same spot behind Next Destination at Punchestown an April. He was only beaten a short head by Shady Operator at Punchestown on his seasonal return and won by 11 lenghts a Grade 3 contest at Naas.

DISCORAMA is lightly raced and could still be improving for trainer Paul Nolan. He was matching Ballyward stride-for-stride in a Grade Three at Naas before a poor leap at the last saw Bryan Cooper’s mount crash to the canvas.

IMPULSIVE STAR was a plucky fourth in this race last year. He has continued to improve in a light campaign this winter and produced a career-best effort to win the Classic Chase at Warwick last time

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LE BREUIL has form over these fences and Jamie Codd rode the winner of this in 2015. He finished 14 lengths behind Castafiore when fourth of 5 at 3-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Patrick Coyne Memorial Altcar Novices' Chase at Haydock over 2m 4f in January.

CHEF DES OBEAUX advertised his National Hunt credentials at Chepstow last month, powering clear of a capable rival in Jammin Masters to secure his first victory over fences.

ATLANTA ABLAZE ticks most of the trends for this race and has been one of the most supported in the betting so far. She has made plenty of hay over fences since switching to this discipline last spring. She has won four times w including in a Listed contest at Wincanton in February where she comfortably beat a useful yardstick in Molly Childers.

JERRYSBACK, representing JP McManus, has looked a smart prospect altough he was beaten fair and square in a Grade 2 at Haydock last time out.

WHISPERINTHEBREEZE showed that he stays an extended three miles previously. He is a sound jumper for a novice which is always a big plus in a race such this.

Looking for long-shot options?

The most creditable dark horses are MULCAHYS HILL, JUST YOUR TYPE and SKIPTHECUDDLES.
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  • 11 of the last 17 winners finished 1st or 2nd last time out
  • Only 3 of the last 12 winners were favorites/joint favorites
  • 9 of the last 13 winners had run at least once at Cheltenham, although only 3 of them had won a race at the venue
  • 11 of the last 13 winners had previously won at least once over three miles or more
  • 10 of the last 12 winners were aged between 6 and 8
  • 10 of the last 12 winners had a rating of 129 or higher
  • 4 of the last 8 winners were top-rated


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