National Hunt Chase Odds 2023


Galvin ridden by Jack Kennedy jumps the last to beat Next Destination ridden by Harry Cobden and Escaria Ten ridden by Adrian Heskin in the Sam Vestey National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices’ Chase during day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup is a Grade 2 race restricted to novice chasers and amateur riders at the Cheltenham Festival. The race was originally run over four miles but this was reduced by two furlongs in 2020. There had been a controversial finish a year earlier when only four of the 18 runners completed the course and three jockeys received bans for continuing on tired horses. The bans were subsequently overturned but the race rules were tightened for both horses and jockeys.

Much emphasis is put on the jockey bookings for this race with the leading amateurs in great demand. Jamie Codd won the race for a record third time on Ravenhill in 2020 following victories on Cause Of Causes (2015) and Le Breuil (2019). Jonjo O’Neill is the leading trainer in the history of the race with six winners, his most recent being Minella Rocco in 2016. The following year the race was won by Tiger Roll who famously went on to win the Aintree Grand National in 2018 and 2019. 

National Hunt Chase Odds and Entries 2022

This race is all about stamina with trainers targeting this race with horses that might fall short of Gold Cup class but could enter Grand National calculations in future. Last year’s race looked exceptional with Galvin subsequently winning the Grade 1 Savills Chase to book his place in this season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.

As this is a level weights race and not a handicap, National Hunt Chase odds reflect the official ratings of each horse. Gordon Elliott’s Run Wild Fred is the highest rated entry on 159 having finished runner-up in the 2021 Irish Grand National behind Freewheelin Dylan. He has continued to race well since, winning at Navan in November and chasing home Fury Road at Leopardstown. He made a bad mistake last time and he can miss the odd fence out.

Stattler races in the same colours as Galvin and is unbeaten in two starts over fences for Willie Mullins. He defeated Farouk D’Alene by a length and a quarter at Naas at the end of January over an extended three miles and connections are confident that he will stay. Gavin Cromwell’s Vanillier was beaten over 18 lengths by Stattler and Farouk D’Alene so last year’s Albert Bartlett winner has to find a lot of improvement to turn the form around.

Pats Fancy also has a lot to do on official ratings. He is currently assessed on 143 but his form is progressive. He defeated subsequent winner Imperial Alcazar by 11 lengths at Chepstow before chasing home Brown Advisory Chase favourite Bravemansgame at Newbury. Threeunderthrufive has a choice of three engagements at the meeting and is rated only 7lbs below Run Wild Fred after his recent Warwick success.

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Stattler 11-4

Run Wild Fred 3-1

Vanillier 6-1

Farouk D’Alene 8-1

Does He Know 12-1

Jungle Boogie 12-1

Ontheropes 12-1

Pats Fancy 12-1

Threeunderthrufive 12-1

Braeside 20-1

Brinkley 33-1

Diol Ker 33-1

Lord Accord 40-1

Fantastikas 50-1

Frontal Assault 50-1

Hold That Taught 50-1

National Hunt Chase News

Gordon Elliott has won this race four times and has three horses prominent in the National Hunt Chase betting odds. Run Wild Fred looks certain to run but no definite decision has been made about the participation of Fury Road or Farouk D’Alene. Both have alternative engagements at the festival. Farouk D’Alene did not jump with any fluency at Navan last time when all out to hold Beacon Edge but he would be a leading contender on his previous form.

Likewise, Willie Mullins still has Stattler entered in the Brown Advisory and the Turners Novices’ Chase, but this is his preferred target. Jockey Paul Townend certainly favours the National Hunt Chase after labelling him a proper stayer. Mullins could also run Jungle Boogie who is still entered in all four Cheltenham Novice chases. His most recent success was over two and three-quarter miles so it may be a tall order to step up a further mile here.

Rebecca Curtis is no stranger to producing shock winners at the Cheltenham Festival. She trained Lisnagar Oscar to win the Stayers’ Hurdle at 50-1 in 2020 so won’t be perturbed to see Pats Fancy at 12-1 in the National Hunt Chase odds. She has booked leading Irish amateur Barry O’Neill to ride the son of Oscar.

Threeunderthrufive was beaten four and a quarter lengths by Does He Know at Cheltenham in November. That rival looks more likely to go for the Ultima Handicap Chase which would potentially leave Threeunderthrufive as the best of the British runners.