National Hunt Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2020 - DAY 1)

  • Written by Simon Bettarini
The last 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. Le Breuil was a 14/1 winner for trainer Ben Pauling in 2019. 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 2020 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. Le Breuil rallied bravely up the hill to see off Discorama by half a length, but the race was marred by controversy as only four of the 18 runners completed, with nine falling or unseating and five being pulled up. As a result, the race has been shortened by a quarter of a mile.

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

CAREFULLY SELECTED registered a wide-margin win in a Grade 3 at Punchestown to establish himself at the top of the market. He  is unbeaten after three starts over fences in Ireland, revelling in soft ground and landing hefty market support in Grade 3 company twice in January.

Gordon Elliott's RAVENHILL was busy in the summer and has been given a break since falling at Navan in November. He's still got plenty of miles left on the clock and could improve over this trip.

LORD DU MESNIL has racked up a hat-trick of staying handicap victories and has risen up the weight by 32-pounds since the start of the season. Following a first win over fences at Newcastle, he landed a Haydock double in just nine days over Christmas. He won the Tommy Whittle Chase just before the festive break. Then he was even more impressive when landing The Last Fling Chase over course and distance.

SPRINGFIELD FOX was a brilliant winner at Chepstow earlier this season. He also won on his latest outing in a chase when 7-4 favourite at Exeter over 3m on February, beating Ocean Cove by 17 lenghts. As a result, he extended his winning sequence over the larger obstacles to 5 (including points)

FORZA MILAN has placed second in two good quality staying chases, including a close second behind Carefully Selected at Navan.

NEWTIDE has won both his starts over fences so far at three miles, looking tapped for pace each time but finding plenty for pressure to get on top in the closing stages last time at Wetherby.

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SMOKING GUN oblted up under JJ Slevin to beat Early Doors in a 25-furlong contest at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival. He was then backed into favouritism for the Thyestes Handicap Chase, but just managed to finish 9th.

OCEAN COVE is an useful hurdler who looks all about stamina. He finished runner-up at Exeter over 3 miles last month, beaten 17 lenghts by Springfield Fox on heavy ground. With a soft to good, he cold revert that result.

LAMANVER PIPPIN is a small-field novice winner over hurdles who confirmed chase debut promise with a comfortable success at Chepstow in November over 2.3 miles, beating Fortescue by 5 lenghts . He has been kept fresh since then and could be the surprise package of this year's renewal.

The likes of REDZOR, ANTEROS, CLONDAW CIAN and SOME CAN DANCE all look well beaten in this company.

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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  • Paddy Power Betting BonusForza Milan  11/1Bet
  • Betfair Sportsbook BonusLamanver Pippin  18/1Bet

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  • 3 of the last 5 winners have been top rated and the favourite.
  • 4 of the last 12 winners won on their last run before Cheltenham
  • 10 of the last 10 winners had run in a chase over at least 3m before - eight winning at least once
  • 9 of the last 10 winners ere officially rated at least 139
  • 9 of the last 10 winners were top-two finish in a chase over at least 3m
  • 8 of the last 10 winners were aged 6-8


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What time is the National Hunt Chase?

The National Hunt Chase is the last race run on Day 1 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Tuesday March 10, 2020 and the official starting time is 5:30pm.

How many obstacles are jumped in the National Hunt Chase?

There are eight hurdles to jump for the National Hunt Chase runners

What is the distance of the National Hunt Chase?

There are 24 obstacles to jump for the National Hunt Chase runners

What is the prize money for the National Hunt Chase?

The total prize money on offer for the National Hunt Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival will be £125,000.

Who won the National Hunt Chase last year?

Last year's renewal was won by Le Breuil at SP of 14/1, trained by Ben Pauling and ridden by J J Codd.

What weights are carried for the National Hunt Chase?

11 st 6 lb (6 yead olds and over). 11 st 4 lb (5 years olds).

Who is the leading jockey in the National Hunt Chase?

Patrick Mullins is bidding this year to become the first rider to win the National Hunt Chase three times.

Who is the leading trainer in the National Hunt Chase?

Jonjo O'Neill has trained four of the last 14 winners.

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