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National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup

Ungraded race
National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race type Chase
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 4 miles (6,437 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 5 lb (5yo);
11 st 6 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
Purse £75,000 (2010)
1st: £45,015

The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup is a National Hunt chase in Great Britain for amateur riders which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 4 miles (6,437 metres), and during its running there are twenty-four fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.



Now in its Template:Subtractionth year, the National Hunt Chase has been run more times than any other event at the Cheltenham Festival. The Grand Annual is older, but that race was absent for much of the late 19th century.

During the early part of its history it was held at various different venues, including its present home in 1904 and 1905. It was transferred more permanently to Cheltenham in 1911, when it became part of the new two-day National Hunt Festival. Until the 1930s it was the second most important jumps race in the calendar after the Grand National.

At 4 miles, the distance of the National Hunt Chase is longer than that of any other event at the Festival. The race was contested on Cheltenham's New Course from 2005 to 2007, and during this period its length was 4 miles and 1 furlong. The 2008 running was titled the Peter O'Sullevan National Hunt Chase in celebration of the 90th birthday of Peter O'Sullevan, a retired racing commentator.


Leading jockey since 1946 (2 wins):

  • Dermot Daly – Prattler (1946), Maltese Wanderer (1947)
  • Bunny Cox – Pontage (1953), Quare Times (1954)
  • George Small – Go Slow (1962), Red Vale (1965)
  • John Fowler – Gay Tie (1978), Artic Ale (1979)
  • Tony Fowler – Waggoners Walk (1980), Northern Bay (1985)
  • Tony Martin – Smooth Escort (1991), Deejaydee (1999)
  • Marcus Armytage – Keep Talking (1992), Christmas Gorse (1994)

Leading trainer since 1946 (5 wins):

  • Jonjo O'NeillFront Line (1995), Rith Dubh (2002), Sudden Shock (2003), Native Emperor (2004), Butler's Cabin (2007)

Winners since 1946

  • All amateur jockeys.






1946 Prattler 11 Dermot Daly Tom Yates
1947 Maltese Wanderer 8 Dermot Daly Tom Yates
1948 Bruno II 8 Guy Cunard William Anstruther-Gray
1949 Castledermot 7 Lord Mildmay Vincent O'Brien
1950 Ellesmere 7 Atty Corbett Ken Cundell
1951 Cushendun 6 Peter Chisman Bobby Renton
1952 Frosty Knight 6 Charles Straker Ian Straker
1953 Pontage 7 Bunny Cox Dan Moore
1954 Quare Times 8 Bunny Cox Vincent O'Brien
1955 Reverend Prince 9 C. Pocock P. Dufosee
1956 Rosana III 9 G. Everitt G. Everitt
1957 Kari Sou 8 Alan Lillingston Archie Thomlinson
1958 Spud Tamson 7 Geordie Dun Tommy Dun
1959 Sabaria 8 John Lawrence Bob Turnell
1960 Proud Socks 8 H. Thompson Vivian Bishop
1961 Superfine 8 Sir William Pigott-Brown Frank Cundell
1962 Go Slow 7 George Small Albert Piper
1963 Time 8 Ian Balding Willie Stephenson
1964 Dorimont 10 Charles Vaughan Tom Taaffe
1965 Red Vale 11 George Small Albert Piper
1966 Polaris Missile 7 John Thorne John Thorne
1967 Master Tammy 9 Brian Fanshawe George Guilding
1968 Fascinating Forties 9 Michael Dickinson George Owen
1969 Lizzy the Lizard 10 Grant Cann Tony Hartnoll
1970 Domason 7 Robert Alner Harry Dufosee
1971 Deblin's Green 8 Derek Edmunds George Yardley
1972 Charley Winking 7 Derrick Scott Leslie Scott
1973 Foreman 7 Bill Shand Kydd Harry Thomson Jones
1974 Mr Midland 7 Mouse Morris Edward O'Grady
1975 no race 1975 [1]
1976 Sage Merlin 8 Peter Greenall Jack Hardy
1977 Alpenstock 10 Dick Saunders Stan Mellor
1978 Gay Tie 5 John Fowler Mick O'Toole
1979 Artic Ale 8 John Fowler Dan Moore
1980 Waggoners Walk 11 Tony Fowler Caroline Mason
1981 Lucky Vane 6 Stephen Bush Toby Balding
1982 Hazy Dawn 7 Willie Mullins Paddy Mullins
1983 Bit of a Skite 7 Frank Codd Edward O'Grady
1984 Macks Friendly 7 Willie Mullins Paddy Mullins
1985 Northern Bay 9 Tony Fowler Tom Bill
1986 Omerta 6 Lorcan Wyer Homer Scott
1987 Mighty Mark 8 Jimmy Walton Frank Walton
1988 Over the Road 7 Tom Costello Terry Casey
1989 Boraceva 6 Seamus Mullins Toby Balding
1990 Topsham Bay 7 Paul Hacking David Barons
1991 Smooth Escort 7 Tony Martin Di Haine
1992 Keep Talking 7 Marcus Armytage Tim Thomson Jones
1993 Ushers Island 7 Noel Wilson Howard Johnson
1994 Christmas Gorse 8 Marcus Armytage Nick Gaselee
1995 Front Line 8 John Berry Jonjo O'Neill
1996 Loving Around 8 Philip Fenton Edward O'Grady
1997 Flimsy Truth 11 Micky Harris Martin Weston
1998 Wandering Light 9 Rupert Wakley Tim Forster
1999 Deejaydee 7 Tony Martin Michael Hourigan
2000 Relaxation 8 Mark Bradburne Henry Daly
2001 no race 2001 [2]
2002 Rith Dubh 10 J. T. McNamara Jonjo O'Neill
2003 Sudden Shock 8 Denis Cullen Jonjo O'Neill
2004 Native Emperor 8 Robert Widger Jonjo O'Neill
2005 Another Rum 7 Mark O'Hare Ian Duncan
2006 Hot Weld 7 Richard Harding Ferdy Murphy
2007 Butler's Cabin 7 Alan Berry Jonjo O'Neill
2008 Old Benny 7 Charlie Huxley Alan King
2009 Tricky Trickster 6 Sam Waley-Cohen Nigel Twiston-Davies
2010 Poker de Sivola 7 Katie Walsh Ferdy Murphy

1 The 1975 edition was abandoned due to waterlogging.
2 The 2001 running was cancelled because of a foot-and-mouth crisis.


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 61. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 

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