National Hunt Chase

The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup is a Grade 2 National Hunt chase. The race is for amateur riders and novice chasers. Horses must be aged 5 years or older to be entered into the National Hunt Chase. It’s run on the Old Course at Cheltenham and runners have to jump twenty-four fences.

The race is for the real stayers among the novice chasers.  This means horses younger than seven years of age tend not to do well as they still don’t have the traits to stay as well as the older horses.  However, there has been a recent exception with Minella Rocco winning the National Hunt Chase in 2016.

This means that when looking to select a winner of this race, we would advise you to look for the older horses in the race. Jonjo O’Neill has a very good record in this race with 6 winners.


National Hunt Chase Profile

Type: Grade 2 Steeple Chase Race

Distance: 4m (6,400m)

Age: 5 year olds +

Weight: 11st 4lb (5yo)  11st 6lb (6yo+)

Allowances: 7lb for mares

Prize Fund: £120,000