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. Stattler (2/1) produced a fine staying performance to fend off the favorite Run Wil Fred to win the 2022 edition. 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 2023 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.
And now we take a closer look at this year's National Hunt Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.
Who will win the National Hunt Chase 2023?
GAILLARD DU MESNIL, 3rd in last year's Irish Grand National, is the ante-post favorite after winning a grade one novice chase by 7 1/2L at Leopardstown over Christmas. He followed that up with a decent third to Mighty Potter at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Under the same ownership, RAMILLIES has had just the two starts over fences. After winning a modest race at Thurles, he scored in a grade 3 at Naas which he subsequently lost in the stewards room.
Top amateur rider Barry O'Neill has been booked to partner MAHLER MISSION. This horse ran at last year's festival in the Albert Bartlett, finishing a respectable seventh before going on to land Listed honours at Perth on his final start over hurdles. The son of Mahler was brushed aside by Churchstonewarrior last time out.
CHURCHSTONE WARRIOR followed Gailled Du Mesnil home in that messy renewal of the Neville Hotels at Leopardstown over the Christmas period. He travels to Cheltenham on the back of a narrow victory over Mahler Mission in the Ten Up Chase.
CHEMICAL ENERGY for Gordon Elliott will be probably ridden by Jamie Codd. His jumping has been suspect ths season - he jumped terribly at Naas in January - and we do believe the odds are too short for him.
MINELLA CROONER is another possible runner for Gordon Elliott. He has registered some creditable results and should have no problems over the extended distance.
MISTER COFFEY, runner up in the Kim Muir last year, ran a nice prep a couple of weeks ago. He clearly loves this course and remains decent value if he runs.
Looking for a decent dark horse? TENZING has good potential. This race represents his fourth start over fences and his debut run saw him chase home the wellregarded Gerri Colombe.
At the moment, the most backed horses are the following:
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NATIONAL HUNT CHASE TRENDS
- Only 3 of the last 13 winners were favorites/joint favorites (0 of the last 9 winners)
- 10 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous win over 3 miles or further
- 9 of the past 14 winners had placed in the first two on their prep run for the festival
- 6 of the last 12 winners were rated 150+
- 10 of the last 18 winners were aged 7
- All of the last 11 winners were rated 139 or more
- 13 of the last 14 previous winners had at least three previous chase runs
- Irish-trained runners have won six of the last eight editions
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NATIONAL HUNT CHASE FAQs
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 14, 2023 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 2023 Cheltenham Festival will be £125,000.
Who won the National Hunt Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Stattler at SP of 2/1, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Patrick Mullins.
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?
Jamie Codd and Patrick Mullins stand alone as being the only jockeys to have scored on three occasions in this race.
Who is the leading trainer in the National Hunt Chase?
Jonjo O’Neill is the race’s winning-most trainer (5) but he’s only landed it once since 2007. Gordon Elliott has trained 4 winners from 9 runners since 2011. Willie Mullins has saddled three winners and three placed horses from 16 runners in the past 11 years.