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Game Spirit Chase

The Game Spirit Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Newbury over a distance of about 2 miles and 1 furlong (3,420 metres), and during its running there are thirteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in February.

The event is named in memory of Game Spirit, a successful racehorse who was owned by the Queen Mother. During the 1970s Game Spirit won 21 races in six seasons. He also finished third in the 1974 Cheltenham Gold Cup and second in the 1976 Champion Chase. He died from a lung haemorrhage after racing at Newbury in March 1977.

The Game Spirit Chase has held Grade 2 status since 1992. Before then it was classed at Listed level and run as a limited handicap.

Winners since 1988

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

1988 Very Promising 10 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1989 Mr Key 8 Simon Sherwood David Murray Smith
1990 Feroda 9 Tom Taaffe Arthur Moore
1991 no race 1991 [1]
1992 Waterloo Boy 9 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1993 Waterloo Boy 10 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1994 Viking Flagship 7 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson
1995 Nakir 7 Jamie Osborne Simon Christian
1996 Viking Flagship 9 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson
1997 Double Symphony 9 Jamie Osborne Charlie Brooks
1998 Ask Tom 9 Russ Garritty Tom Tate
1999 Celibate 8 Mick Fitzgerald Charlie Mann
2000 Flagship Uberalles 6 Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls
2001 Function Dream 9 Anthony Ross Mary Reveley
2002 Lady Cricket 8 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2003 Kadarann 6 Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls
2004 Azertyuiop 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2005 Azertyuiop 8 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2006 Don't Be Shy [2] 5 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2007 Well Chief 8 Timmy Murphy David Pipe
2008 Master Minded 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 no race 2009 [3]
2010 Master Minded 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls

1 The race was abandoned in 1991 due to frost.
2 The 2006 running took place at Lingfield Park.
3 The 2009 edition was cancelled because of snow.

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