Many Clouds Chase Trends

Many Clouds Chase:

The Many Clouds Chase is a Grade Two National Hunt steeplechase, run at Aintree over a distance of about 3 miles and 1 furlong, where there are nineteen fences to be jumped.

The race is sponsored by Rewards4Racing and was first run as a Listed race in 2011. It was awarded Grade Two status and renamed in honour of Many Clouds in 2017, who won the Grand National at Aintree in 2015, and sadly lost his life after an epic battle against Thistlecrack in the Cotswold Chase of last year.

The race has a limited seven-year history, but let’s look at the common trends which will may help you when selecting your winner this year.


Over three miles to contend with, this race suits the ultimate stayer. In name of the great Many Clouds, it can be a potential starting point for any horse bidding to end up in the Grand National in the future, or for any top-class horse that sets this race alight, could allow them to make a swerve up in class, towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

In the last seven years, one five-year-old and one six-year-old have won this contest. Seven or eight seems to be the ideal age for this race, so a horse with plenty of experience seems to be the key, and that is no longer a novice.

Paul Nicholls has trained two winners of the race, with Unioniste and Sam Winner achieving back-to-back wins in 2013 and 2014. In total, Ireland have won the race once, with the then Willie Mullins-trained Don Poli landing the spoils back in 2015.

Four of the last seven winners were sent off as the favourite for the race, with the Brian Ellison-trained Definitly Red the most recent of those (in 2017), also looking to become the first dual winner of the contest. All seven previous winners returned at 4/1 or shorter in the betting.

Danny Cook, Leighton Aspell and Sam Twiston-Davies, just some of the names that all have chances for a second success in the race as well.

Previous Winners:

2011 Master Of The Hall

2012 Wayward Prince

2013 Unioniste

2014 Sam Winner

2015 Don Poli

2016 Many Clouds

2017 Definitly Red