- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 5:30 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Boodles Handicap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Dawn Run Mares Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
National Hunt Chase Cup Tips - 5.30pm Cheltenham
2019 National Hunt Chase Preview
The National Hunt Chase is the final race on the first day of the Festival. It’s trip of four miles makes it the longest race of the week and to make it even more quirky it’s a race for amateur riders!
The Irish have won this race five times in the last eight renewals and Willie Mullins in particular has a good recent record with two winners and three places horses since 2013.
Mullins has a decent chance yet again and his 7yo Ballyward looks just the sort for this type of race. He was 4th in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle twelve months ago and then filled the same spot behind Next Destination at Punchestown an April.
This season he kicked off his chasing career with a solid effort at Punchestown behind Shady Operator, he was only beaten a short head that day and would have won but for hanging during the race.
He made no mistake next time out when taking a Grade 3 contest at Naas at the end of January. He won by 11 lengths that day although his closest rival did fall at the last leaving him clear. Regardless of that it was still a big run and looks well up to this class and wiull be ridden by Patrick Mullins.
Another runner that wears the same colours is Ok Corral trained by Nicky Henderson. He’s a 9yo now but has very few miles on the clock for his age. He has only had two starts over fences and won them both easily at Warwick and Plumpton.
That Plumpton success puts him in line for a £60,000 bonus for any horse to win at the Sussex based track and then to follow up at the Festival. He was second in the Albert Bartlett last season and has bags of stamina. He has an official rating of 153 which gives him a big advantage over many of his rivals at level weights.
Impulsive Star is also a horse that is improving with his races and actually ran in this race twelve months ago. He was 4th to Ratvinden on that occasion beaten 24 lengths but failed to see a racecourse again last season.
He has had two starts this term and won the Classic Chase at Warwick on his last run over 3m5f. He is a thorough stayer and looks sure to run up to his mark once again.
The 6yo Discorama was in the process of running a big race on his first run of 2019 at Naas, he was challenging at the last when he came down behind Ballyward and Chris’s Dream. He would have second at least and that effort alone gives him hope here.
He was earlier 5th in the Drinmore Chase behind the very useful Delta Work, he’s lightly raced and could still be improving for trainer Paul Nolan
Gordon Elliott has won this race twice in the last four seasons with Tiger Roll and Cause Of Causes who both went on to run very well in the Grand National. This time round he saddles Gun Digger who will be ridden by Lisa O'Neill. The 7yo won at Leopardstown at the Christmas meeting over 2m5f so this big step up in trip will be a venture into the unknown. He wears a tongue tie for the first time along with his cheekpieces so he is obvioulsy not straight forward.
Jamie Codd is the man to go to in these amateur races and he rides Le Breuill for trainer Ben Palling. The 7yo has been very consisetnt thise season but has only managed to win once in his five chase starts. He is another runner who the trip is an unknown and has yet to race beyond 3 miles. He jumps well and should be therabouts turning for home.
One more to look at is the Philip Hobbs trained Jerrysback, he's had four starts over fences and managed to win at Bangor in December. Last time out he was second at Haydock over 2m5f but is a winning pointer so should have enough reserves in the tank for this marathon trip.
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National Hunt Cup Runners
National Hunt Cup Trends
|9/10 Winners||Place in first two over 3m+|
|8/10 Winners||Ran in a graded race previously|
|8/10 Winners||Aged between 6 and 8|
|8/10 Winners||Ran at Cheltenham previously|
|7/10 Winners||Won a race that season|
|7/10 Winners||Ran within 52 days|
|7/10 Favourites||Have been beaten|
|6/10 Winners||Were Irish bred|
|6/10 Winners||Placed last time out|
National Hunt Cup Previous Winners
|2019||Le Breuill||7||Jamie Codd||Ben Pauling||14/1|
|2018||Rathvinden||10||Patrick Mullins||Willia Mullins||9/2|
|2017||Tiger Roll||7||Lisa O'Neill||Gordon Elliott||16/1|
|2016||Minella Rocco||6||Derek O'Connor||Jonjo O'Neill||8/1|
|2015||Cause Of Causes||7||Jamie Codd||Gordon Elliott||8/1|
|2014||Midnight Prayer||9||Joshua Newman||Alan King||8/1|
|2013||Back In Focus||8||Patrick Mullins||Willie Mullins||9/4|
|2012||Teaforthree||8||JT McNamara||Rebecca Curtis||5/1|
|2011||Chicago Grey||8||Derek O'Connor||Gordon Elliott||5/1|
|2010||Poker de Sivola||7||Katie Walsh||Ferdy Murphy||14/1|
|2009||Tricky Trickster||6||Sam Waley-Cohen||Nigel Twiston-Davies||11/1|