National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Race Card

National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys' Novices' Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

15

Gaillard Du Mesnil

J:
 
T:
 
W P Mullins
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: N/A
Days: 37

Gaillard Du Mesnil

Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £27.50
7/4
Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £25.00
6/4
Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £25.00
6/4
Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £23.75
11/8
7/4
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
05/02/23LEO21Y11-103
29/12/22LEO24Sft11-101
04/12/22FAI20Sft11-122
18/04/22FAI29Y11-83
16/03/22CHL24.5Sft11-43
33

Ramillies

J:
 
T:
 
W P Mullins
Age: 8
Weight: 11-7
OR: N/A
Days: 44

Ramillies

Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £50.00
4/1
Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £40.00
3/1
4/1
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/01/23NAA25Sft11-02
18/12/22THU24.5Y11-121
27/04/22PUN24Gd/Y11-106
18/03/22CHL24GS11-86
23/02/22PUN20.5Sft/Hy11-121
27

Mahler Mission

J:
 
T:
 
John C McConnell
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: N/A
Days: 52

Mahler Mission

Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £90.00
8/1
Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £80.00
7/1
Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £70.00
6/1
Bookmaker
£10.00 Returns £70.00
6/1
8/1
DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/01/23NAV24Sft/Hy11-71
31/12/22PUN23Sft/Hy11-123
22/10/22CHL24.5Gd11-22
20/04/22PER24GS11-51
18/03/22CHL24GS11-87

National Hunt Challenge Cup Tips

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Final race of Champions Day

The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup is the final race of the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

It is the longest race of the week, run over a marathon trip of 3 miles, 7 furlongs, with 25 fences for the horses to contend with.

The race is unique in that it is a race for amateur jockeys only and the race is open to horses five and older.

Despite the race being one for the amateur jockeys, the race does have Grade 2 status and there is a fair amount of prize money on offer too, with £74,000 going to the winner.

History of the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

The race is the oldest race at the Festival, set for it’s 160th year in 2020. In its early beginnings, it was the second most prestigious chase in the calendar, only behind the Grand National.

In the early days of the race it was held at a range of venues, including Cheltenham itself in 1904 and 1905. It wasn’t however until 1911, where it became a permanent fixture in the Cotswolds, becoming a part of another two-day meeting.

The race is the longest of the meeting but has been shortened, previously run over 4 miles and 1 furlong. The race doesn’t usually have a sponsor to make it even more unique and instead, is often run in tribute to someone.

For example, the 2008 running was titled the ‘Peter O’Sullivan Chase’ in tribute to a retired commentator whilst in 2012, the race was named the’ Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase’ as part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee year.

Other titles include, the John Oaksey Chase in 2013, in tribute to his death the year prior and in 2015 the Toby Balding chase. It remains to be seen what the 2020 running will be titled as.

Recent years

The 2019 edition was full of controversy with only four runners finishing and well strung out. 10 others failed to complete with many pulled up or falling, with race favourite Ballyward a fatal falling.

The race has led for new rules for 2020, which include a shorter trip of 3 miles, 6 furlongs, 23 fences and a change to the horses who can participate – they must now be rated at least 120 and have completed two chases, finishing in the first four, over at least three miles.

2019 saw Le Breuil grind it out for Jamie Codd and trainer Ben Pauling however there is no doubt the master of the race is Jonjo O’Neil who has trained the winner a record six times with the following horses:

Jonjo O’Neill:

Front Line (1995)

Rith Dubh (2002)

Sudden Shock (2003)

Native Emperor (2004)

Butler's Cabin (2007)

Minella Rocco (2016)

Codd is part of the 13 jockeys who have won the race on more than one occasion however many of them are no longer riding but it’s worth keeping an eye on whoever he does ride as well 2018 winner Patrick Mullins and 2016 winner Derek O’Connor, all of whom have won the race twice with the following:

Derek O'Connor:

Chicago Grey (2011)

Minella Rocco (2016)

Patrick Mullins:

Back in Focus (2013)

Rathvinden (2018)

Jamie Codd:

Cause of Causes (2015)

Le Breuil (2019)

National Hunt Challenge Cup Winners

Year Winner Age Trainer Jockey
2022 Stattler 7 Patrick Mullins Willie Mullins
2021 Galvin 7 Jack Kennedy Ian Ferguson
2020 Ravenhill 10 Jamie Codd Gordon Elliott
2019 Le Breuil 7 Jamie Codd Ben Pauling
2018 Rathvinden 10 Patrick Mullins Willie Mullins
2017 Tiger Roll 7 Lisa O'Neill Gordon Elliott
2016 Minella Rocco 6 Derek O'Connor Jonjo O'Neill
2015 Cause of Causes 7 Jamie Codd Gordon Elliott
2014 Midnight Prayer 9 Joshua Newman Alan King
2013 Back in Focus 8 Patrick Mullins Willie Mullins

National Hunt Challenge Cup FAQs

Finding Tips For The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup

If you’re looking for our thoughts on who you should back in the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup take a look at our Day 1 Tips page to see everything, we’re backing for this race at the Cheltenham Festival.

You can also see all the latest odds for this race on our National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Odds page allowing you to see which bookmakers are offering the best price on each horse in the race.