National Hunt Chase Betting Odds 2024

The final race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival is the National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup. It’s a Grade 2 race restricted to novice chasers and amateur riders at the Cheltenham Festival and is now run over 3m6f instead of 4 miles after a controversy in 2019 when just four horses finished the race.

The 2017 National Hunt Chase was won by Tiger Roll, who then went on to win the Grand National at Aintree in 2018 and 2019. Gaillard Du Mesnil won last year’s race for Willie Mullins, and Mullins himself twice rode to victory in the National Hunt Chase in 1982 and 1984.

Jockey bookings can be key in this race, with only amateurs allowed to ride. Patrick Mullins has ridden the winner of the race on three occasions, so whoever he partners for father Willie, they will be worth keeping an eye on.

It can be an attritional race, especially if the ground comes up soft.

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Mullins is seeking a third straight win in the final race on day one, and Embassy Gardens heads the market for the multiple champion trainer of Ireland. He has won on both of his chase starts, including in an informative race for this contest at Naas back in January.

However, he disappointed at the Festival a year ago and there are plenty of capable horses in behind him in the market. Corbetts Cross was favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle last season but ran out at the final flight. He fell on his most recent start at Fairyhouse, but his form has a solid look about it, and there is no doubt he will be at 100% fitness for the day.

Salvador Ziggy has been well-backed in recent weeks, having been put away for the race since last autumn. He was runner-up in the Pertemps Final last season off top-weight and comes alive at this time of year.

National Hunt Chase Odds and Entries 2024

The National Hunt Chase is all about stamina, and it typically sees horses who were Grade 1 quality over hurdles lining up alongside potential future Grade 1 novice chasers.

Towards the top of the market at this stage are last year’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle favourite Corbetts Cross, as well as Embassy Gardens for the Closutton team of trainer Willie Mullins. However, even this pair are not guaranteed to run, as we do not know which entries will be aimed here and which will go for other contests such as the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase.

Betting on the National Hunt Chase

The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup for amateur riders brings down the curtain on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. The recent reduction in distance means this is not the gruelling contest it once was and it is already attracting a higher class of horse.

Galvin (2021) went on to win the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown where he defeated subsequent Gold Cup winner A Plus Tard. The runner-up gained his revenge in the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup with an emphatic victory with Galvin well beaten in fourth.

Irish-trained horses have accounted for nine of the last 13 renewals, Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins being responsible for four each. The last favourite to win the Cheltenham National Hunt Chase prior to last year’s hero Gaillard Du Mesnil was Back In Focus in 2013, so it does not always pay to look right to the top of the market. Rathvinden (2018), Galvin (2021) and Stattler (2022) were all well-backed second favourites but there have been a few surprises. Tiger Roll (2017) started at 16-1, Le Breuil (2019) won at 14-1 and Ravenhill (2020) was a 12-1 chance.

We’ll be offering Cheltenham betting offers for the Netional Hunt Chase and the rest of the races too.

National Hunt Chase News

This year’s National Hunt Chase is still very much up in the air in terms of which horses may participate. Usually, there are a number of horses who are aimed here a lot earlier in the season, but there are several runners who could end up going elsewhere at this stage.