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Melling Chase

Grade 1 race
Melling Chase
Location Aintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Inaugurated 1991
Race type Chase
Sponsor John Smith's
Website Aintree
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 10 lb
7 lb for mares
Purse £175,000 (2010)
1st: £99,768

The Melling Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Aintree over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are sixteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in early April.

The event is named after Melling, a nearby village which is made famous by Melling Road, a public road which crosses the racecourse. It was established in 1991, and it has held Grade 1 status throughout its history. The race is currently staged on the second day of the three-day Grand National meeting.

The field often includes horses which ran in the Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase at the previous month's Cheltenham Festival.



Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Direct Route – 1999, 2000

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Conor O'Dwyer – Opera Hat (1998), Native Upmanship (2002, 2003)

Leading trainer (2 wins):

  • Howard Johnson – Direct Route (1999, 2000)
  • Arthur Moore – Native Upmanship (2002, 2003)
  • Jessica Harrington – Moscow Flyer (2004, 2005)







1991 Blazing Walker 7 Chris Grant Arthur Stephenson
1992 Remittance Man 8 Richard Dunwoody Nicky Henderson
1993 Deep Sensation 8 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford
1994 Katabatic 11 Simon McNeill Josh Gifford
1995 Viking Flagship 8 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson
1996 Viking Flagship 9 Tony McCoy David Nicholson
1997 Martha's Son 10 Carl Llewellyn Tim Forster
1998 Opera Hat 10 Conor O'Dwyer John Fowler
1999 Direct Route 8 Norman Williamson Howard Johnson
2000 Direct Route 9 Norman Williamson Howard Johnson
2001 Fadalko 8 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2002 Native Upmanship 9 Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore
2003 Native Upmanship 10 Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore
2004 Moscow Flyer 10 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2005 Moscow Flyer 11 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2006 Hi Cloy 9 Andrew J. McNamara Michael Hourigan
2007 Monet's Garden 9 Tony Dobbin Nicky Richards
2008 Voy Por Ustedes 7 Robert Thornton Alan King
2009 Voy Por Ustedes 8 Robert Thornton Alan King
2010 Albertas Run 9 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill

See also


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1992/93. Aesculus Press. 1992. p. 60. ISBN 1-871093-91-0. 


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