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NATIONAL HUNT CHASE BETTING PREVIEWThe 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.
Who will win the National Hunt Chase 2021?We'll take a closer look at this year's National Hunt Steeple Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail in the following weeks.
ROYAL PAGAILLE is his season's most improved novice chaser. He has looked a monster in his three successes for trainer Venetia Williams and was promoted to joint-favouritism after carrying the welter burden of 11st 10lb to an easy, 16-length victory in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock in late January. He is rated between 13lb and 41lb superior to his rivals, which suggests he could run well below his best and still win if his connections opt for this instead of going for glory in the Gold Cup. Royal Pagaille is a strong traveller with a turn of foot, and this marathon trip should suit him. He also has options of both the RSA and the Gold Cup.
GALVIN has shown a liking for this course in three runs so far (one over hurdles in the 2019 Ballymore). He looks to have been saved for this race by Gordon Elliott since winning over 3m at Cheltenham in October.
ESCARIA TEN earned a lot from his first taste of Cheltenham when he ended up 15th of 23rd in Martin Pipe in March last year. He was better than the bare result at Naas behind the rapidly improving and unexposed Eklat De Rire. He could be a contender in this field with improvement for this trip highly likely.
NEXT DESTINATION has won both his novice chase’s for his new trainer Paul Nicholls. He has also serious back form with his former trainer Willie Mullins including when 3rd to Samcro in the Ballymore and winning the 3m grade 1 novice hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. He has stamina in abundance, so this trip should be within his range.
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Dark horses? COKO BEACH looked in need of a step up in trip despite showing useful form over shorter and his first start over three miles paid dividends, as he absolutely ran away with the Thyestes.
LITHIC is still a maiden after 22 starts over fences and, with an official rating of 123, has two-and-a-half stone or more to find with the principals. He has shown improved form since stepped up to marathon distances and could be a smart long-shot.
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NATIONAL HUNT CHASE TRENDS
- Favourites have won 3 of the last 11 runnings
- 11 of the last 19 winners finished 1st or 2nd last time out
- 12 of the last 15 winners had won at least one race that season
- 10 of the last 14 winners were aged seven or eight
- 9 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous run at Cheltenham, but only 2 had a previous win at Cheltenham
- 7 of the last 10 winners were rated 145 (or more)
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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 10, 2021 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 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be £125,000.
Who won the National Hunt Chase last year?
Last year's renewal was won by Ravenhilll at SP of 14/1, trained by Gordon Elliott 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?
Jamie Codd stands alone as being the only pilot to have scored on three occasions in this famous race. He has won the last two renewals.
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 is a master in this contest, winning the race four times since 2011.