Mildmay Novices’ Chase
The Mildmay Novices’ Chase is one of the most important steeplechase races for novices at the Aintree Festival. The race is run over a distance of 3 miles and 1 furlong by 5-year-old and above racehorses. 19 fences must be cleared during the course of the race.
The Mildmay Novices’ Chase is regarded as the sequel to the Royal & SunAlliance Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The event was first contested in 1981, and the first two winners of the race went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Mildmay Novices’ Chase Betting & Trends
Age: Racehorse age has little influence on the outcome of the Mildmay Novices’ Chase. Recent winners have been aged between 5 and 11.
Odds: The Mildmay Novices’ Chase tends to go to racehorses priced amongst the favourites with 2 antepost favourites taking the race in the past five years. No winner in the last half-decade has been priced over 7/1.
Jockey: The Mildmay Novices’ Chase tends to go to a jockey from a top stable, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Tony McCoy have all claimed race victories in recent years.
Trainer: Paul Nicholls has trained two Mildmay Novices’ Chase winners in the last five years.
Mildmay Novices’ ChaseTip: Look at a decent place bet on the antepost favourite, or an each-way bet on a likely contender priced under 7/1.
Mildmay Novices’ Chase Winners
The Mildmay Novices’ Chase tends to feature performances by high quality entries. 2008 winner, Big Buck’s, went on to win a number of prestigious races including the Hennessy Gold Cup, the World Hurdle and the Liverpool Hurdle. Bregawn and Burrough Hill Lad, the first two winners of the race, both went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.