Maghull Novices’ Chase

The Maghull Novices’ Chase is the Grade 1 novice chase highlight of the annual Aintree Festival. The race is run over a distance of 2 miles and is open to 4-year-old and above chasers. The Maghull Novices’ Chase is stepping stone for horses looking to compete in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and other major 2 miles events.

The Maghull Novices’ Chase was first contested in 1954. The race is named after the neighbouring town of Maghull. The event tends to attract racehorses who competed in the Cheltenham Festival’s Arkle Challenge Trophy, although few Arkle Champions go on to achieve success at Aintree.

Maghull Novices’ Chase Betting & Trends

Age: 5-year-olds have had a strong impact on the Maghull Novices’ Chase in the last decade, however, winners tend to range anywhere between the age of 5 and 8.

Odds: The Maghull Novices’ Chase tends to go to short-priced entries, with all winners over the last five years priced under 5/1. Two antepost favourites have taken the race during this period.

Jockey: Ruby Walsh and Tony McCoy have both claimed a brace of victories in the race in the last decade. Trainer: Paul Nicholls has trained 4 of the race winners since 1999.

Maghull Novices’ Chase Tip: The winner of this race tends to come from the top 3 in the markets. A place bet on the antepost favourite is a strong option, as is looking at forecast or tricast featuring the market favourites.

Maghull Novices’ Chase Winners

The Maghull Novices’ Chase tends to attract high quality entries and a number of winners have gone on to achieve great things in national hunt racing. Notable Maghull Novices’ Chase include Well Chief, who went on to win several prestigious chases and Flagship Uberalles, who went on to win both the Queen Mother Champion Chase and it’s Irish equivalent, the Kerrygold Champion Chase. 2008 winner, Tidal Bay, is one of the few racehorses to have won both the Maghull Novices’ Chase and the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.