2021 National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup Tips

The final race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival is the National Hunt Chase. One of the most historic races in all of jumps racing, having first been run in 1860, the National Hunt Chase was shortened from four miles to three-and-three-quarter-miles in 2019, in a bid to make the race safer for the amateur riders who take part.

2021 National Hunt Chase Key Facts

Date Tuesday 16th March, 2021
Time 5:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade Two
Distance 3m 6f
Prize Pool £125k
Age 5YO+

2021 National Hunt Chase Odds

Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Monkfish 12/1 BetVictor
Fury Road 16/1 William Hill
Latest Exhibition 16/1 Paddy Power
Cracking Smart 20/1 BetVictor
Run Wild Fred 20/1 Paddy Power
Bar 25/1

2021 National Hunt Chase Tips

Monkfish defeated Fury Road and Latest Exhibition to win the 2020 Albert Bartlett. All three will go over fences next season, and it's no surprise to see them sitting so prominently in the betting for the 2021 National Hunt Chase.

We'll have our 2021 National Hunt Chase tips live on the site when the new National Hunt season starts.

2020 National Hunt Chase Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Ravenhill 12/1
2nd Lord Du Mesnil 11/2
3rd Lamanver Pippin 33/1
4th Forza Milan 12/1
5th Smoking Gun 20/1

National Hunt Chase Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Supreme Novices' Hurdle Grade One 2m
2:10pm Arkle Challenge Trophy Novice's Chase Grade One 2m
2:50pm Ultima Handicap Chase Grade Three Handicap 3m 1f
3:30pm Champion Hurdle Grade One 2m
4:10pm Mares' Hurdle Grade One 2m 4f
4:50pm Northern Trust Novices' Handicap Chase Listed Handicap 2m 4f
5:30pm National Hunt Chase Grade Two 3m 6f

National Hunt Chase History

The National Hunt Challenge Cup, often simply referred to as the National Hunt, is one of the oldest races in all of jumps racing. This Grade Two was first run in 1860, making it the second-oldest race at the Cheltenham Festival, after the Grand Annual.

The National Hunt Chase wasn't handed Grade Two status until 2017. The race is open only to novice chasers, and only amateur jockeys are eligible to ride in the race.

For the majority of it's history, the National Hunt was a four-mile race. However, after only four entrants managed to complete the trip in 2019, organisers took measures to make the race safer, including dropping the trip down from four miles to three-miles-six-furlongs.

Between 1860 and 1910, the National Hunt was staged at a number of venues, including Warwick, Sandown and Wetherby. In 1911, the race returned to Cheltenham and has been staged at Prestbury Park ever since.

Top amateur jockeys like Atty Persse, Ted Wilson, JT McNamara and Marcus Armytage has claimed Cheltenham Festival glory in the National Hunt. Ian Balding, Mouse Morris, Patrick Mullins and Katie Walsh have also ridden winners in the four-miler.

Jonjo O'Neill is the most successful trainer in the history of the National Hunt Chase. The first of O'Neill's wins came with Front Line in 1995, with his most recent triumph coming with Minella Rocco in 2016.

Willie Mullins rode two winners for his father Paddy during the 1980s. Willie has since enjoyed success in this race as a trainer, saddling winners in 2013 and '18.

Mullins' Irish rival, Gordon Elliott has targetted the National Hunt in recent seasons, winning the race four times in the last ten years.

Elliott's most famous winner is Tiger Roll, who won the National Hunt Chase in 2017. Tiger Roll has gone on to win collect his third and fourth Cheltenham Festival wins in the National Hunt Chase, and also win the Grand National at Aintree in 2018 and 2019.

Gordon Elliott was once again victorious in the National Hunt Chase in 2020, as 10-year-old Ravenhill - ridden by leading amateur Jamie Codd - cruised to victory in impressive fashion.

National Hunt Chase Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Ravenhill
2019 Le Breuil
2018 Rathvinden
2017 Tiger Roll
2016 Minella Rocco
2015 Cause Of Causes
2014 Midnight Prayer
2013 Back In Focus
2012 Teaforthree
2011 Chicago Grey
2010 Poker De Sivola
2009 Ticky Trickster
2008 Old Benny
2007 Butler's Cabin
2006 Hot Weld
2005 Another Rum
2004 Native Emperor
2003 Sudden Shock
2002 Rith Dubh

National Hunt Chase FAQs

When is the National Hunt Chase?

The National Hunt Chase will be run at 5:30pm on day one of the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday 16th March.

What is the National Hunt Chase?

The National Hunt Challenge Cup Chase, known as the National Hunt Chase, is the final race on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. First run way back in 1860, this Grade Two novices chase is run over a testing 3m 6f trip, and only amateur jockeys are eligible to ride in the race.

Who won the National Hunt Chase?

Ravenhill won the 2020 National Hunt Chase, powering to victory under Jamie Codd to hand Gordon Elliott his fourth win.

Who's the favourite for the National Hunt Chase?

2020 Albert Bartlett winner, Monkfish is the early favourite. Fury Road and Latest Exhibition, who finished just behind Monkfish in the Albert Bartlett, follow their rival in the betting.

Where can I watch the National Hunt Chase?

The 2021 National Hunt Chase will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to watch the race live on your mobile or tablet, check out our Live Streaming page.