- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 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 Fred Winter H'Cap 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 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
National Hunt Chase Cup Tips - 4.50pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by MARCH 5th-10th
The National Hunt Chase has always struck me as being a rather curious contest, the distance of four miles for a start is a one off at the Festival. It’s also confined to Amateur Riders and to top it off the horses are novices so have very little chasing form to go on.
Despite the uncertainty the punters do quite well in this race, last years 16/1 winner Tiger Roll was the first to start at double figure odds for seven years in which time three favourites have obliged. One thing which is in no doubt is the quality of the jockey, you can back as far you like but the one thing that is repeated over an over is that the winner is ridden by a ‘premier division’ amateur.
The race is evenly split between the Irish and the home contingent and trainer Colin Tizzard leads the charge for the English with his Sizing Tennessee , he ran in the Close Brothers Chase last year so this would be a big step up in trip. He opened his account over fences her at Cheltenham in December and was second to Yanworth next time out in a Grade 2 contest. Last time he was well beaten in a handicap so maybe the conditions of this race will suit much better.
Philip Hobbs saddles No Comment for owner JP McManus who won this in 2015 and 2016 with Cause Of Causes and Minella Rocco. This 7yo has only had one run over fences and that was a well-beaten third behind Terrefort in the Scilly Isles Novice Chase at Sandown. He would have finished closer but for a mistake late on and looks the type to improve. Top amateur Derek O'Connor has been booked and a big run is expected.
Sam Waley-Cohen always seems to be thereabouts in these races and he has the 8yo Impulsive Star entered. He has had three starts over fences with out much success and on the bare form will need to improve to get involved. We should not forget he was backed into favouritism for the Pertemps Final last year and was highly regarded.
Ms Parfois flies the flag for the mares, she has done nothing wrong in five starts this season over fences, winning three of them. She has won two Listed races at Warwick and Newbury and last time out was a decent second to Black Corton in the Reynoldstown Chase. She is rated 146, which gives her a decent chance here with her sex allowance. Trainer Anthony Honeyball is in great form at present and looks sure to run well and she has the assistance of Will Biddick who is no stranger to the Festival.
Gordon Elliott won this race last year with Tiger Roll and had already done it with Cause Of Causes and Chicago Grey. Anything he saddles needs a second look and a leading candidate looks to be Jury Duty.
The 7yo looks to be crying out for a stamina test like this. He was a good third to Presenting Percy in the Pertemps Final twelve months ago and always promised to be a better chaser.
So far he has had five starts over fences winning twice and finishing second in the other three. He just lacks that extra gear at the minute so a marathon test like this should suit him perfectly. Jamie Codd takes the ride who has an excellent recors around here recently.
Elliott also saddles Mossback for the Gigginstown team, Lisa O'Neil comes over to ride this one and arrives after a decent second behind Monbeg Nototious at Navan last time out. He did fall the time before that so will just need to pick his feet up around here.
Willie Mullins teamed up with son Patrick to win this in 2013 with Back In Focus and Rathvinden could give them a decent run this time round. He has been a bit unlucky recently with making silly mistakes and maybe this longer trip will help him settle and give him more time. He has won four chases and will be one of the most experienced in the field and we should never write off a Mullins horse at Cheltenham.
Warren Greatrex has a nice sort in Keeper Hill, he has won two of his four chases to date and looked very useful when winning at Doncaster in December by 8 lengths. He has since fell at Musselburgh when looking to be going well at the time and as longs as he's over that mishap he could go very well here.
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National Hunt Cup Runners
National Hunt Cup Trends
|9/10 Winners||Were aged between 6 and 8|
|9/10 Winners||Place in first two over 3m+|
|9/10 Winners||Placed in first 3 on last start|
|8/10 Winners||Ran in a graded race previously|
|6/10 Winners||Trained in Britain|
|7/10 Winners||Priced 9/1 or under|
|7/10 Winners||Ran at Cheltenham previously|
|7/10 Winners||Won a race that season|
|7/10 Favourites||Have been beaten|
|6/10 Winners||Were Irish bred|
National Hunt Cup Previous Winners
|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|