The Melling Chase is one of the Grade 1 chase highlights of the Aintree Festival, and is run on the same day as the Grand National. The event is run over a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs by 5-year-old and above racehorses, and tends to feature racehorses that competed in the Cheltenham Festival’s Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The MellingChase was first run in 1991 and is named after the neighbouring village of Melling. The race has held Grade 1 status throughout its history, and has been won by a number of QueenMother Champion Chase champions during this time.
Melling Chase Betting & Trends
Age: The last five MellingChase winners have been aged between 7 and 11. 7-yea-olds are the least succesful age group in this race, and no horse under this age has ever won the race.
Odds: Winners of the MellingChase over the last 5 years have been priced anywhere from below Evens to 14/1. Antepost favourites have taken 2 wins during this period.
Jockey: Robert Thornton and Barry Geraghty have both claimed two race victories in the MellingChase since the turn of the millennium.
Trainer: Alan King has scored 2 race wins in the Melling Chase in the last five years – both with Voy Por Ustedes.
Race Tip: The Melling Chase is a tough race to bet on, with lay bets not a good option, and upsets ferquent enough to make it a real challenge to back a short-priced entry. The safest option in this race is to put a place bet on the antepost favourite, as this is mostly likely to pay out a dividend over the long run. Also look out for the reigning champion, as several horses have claimed consecutive wins in this race.
Melling Chase Winners
The MellingChase has featured wins by a number of the finest 2 mile specialists in national hunt racing. Notable winners include Moscow Flyer, who won the race twice as well as taking the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and Viking Flagship, who won the Melling Chase twice, whilst also taking 2 QueenMother Champion Chase titles, the Tingle Creek Chase and the Punchestown Champion Chase.
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John Smith's Melling Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1) - 15:05
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