Melling Chase

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Melling Chase
Grade 1 race
Location Aintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Inaugurated 1991
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Betfred
Website [1]
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 10 lb
7 lb for mares
Purse £200,000 (2013)
1st: £112,540
Melling Chase
Black and beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Dark green, white chevron, light green sleeves, dark green and white check cap Beige and emerald green check, beige sleeves
Boston Bob Rolling Aces Ballynagour
Red, royal blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Royal blue, pink star on body and cap, royal blue sleeves, pink stars White and red diamonds, white sleeves, white cap, maroon diamonds
Sprinter Sacre Cue Card Flemenstar
White, black cap Dark blue, light blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Emerald green and yellow (quartered), white sleeves and cap
Finian's Rainbow Wishfull Thinking Albertas Run
Emerald green, yellow spots, yellow and emerald green halved sleeves, purple cap Emerald green and yellow (quartered), white sleeves and cap Dark green, maroon stars, maroon cap
Master Minded Albertas Run Somersby
Emerald green and yellow (quartered), white sleeves and cap Red and white stripes, hooped sleeves, striped cap Black, white seams, checked sleeves, quartered cap
Albertas Run Forpadydeplasterer Monet's Garden
Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap Red, white chevron, white chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap Dark green and beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap
Voy Por Ustedes Schindlers Hunt Nacarat
Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap Emerald Green, Yellow spots, Yellow and Emerald Green halved sleeves, Purple cap White, Royal Blue sash, White sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap
Voy Por Ustedes Master Minded Tamarinbleu

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):

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Barry Geraghty -Moscow Flyer (2004, 2005), Finian's Rainbow (2012), Sprinter Sacre (2013)

Leading trainer (3 wins):

  • Nicky Henderson -Remittance Man (1992), Finian's Rainbow (2012), Sprinter Sacre (2013)


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
2011 Master Minded 8 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2012 Finian's Rainbow 9 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Sprinter Sacre 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2014 Boston Bob 9 Paul Townend Willie Mullins

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