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Game Spirit Chase Stats
Tue, Feb 5th, 2013

The Grade 2 Game Spirit Chase is part of the big Betfair Hurdle day at Newbury and is normally a key trial for the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Within the last decade Masterminded and Azertyuiop have doubled up in this race and the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

In 2012 Nicky Henderson used this race as the final prep for his stable star Sprinter Sacre before that horse's success in the 2012 Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase. The then novice chaser set a track record time in the process.

The 2013 renewal again sees Henderson aim his top 2 mile novice chaser at the race with Simonsig amongst the 5 day decs.

Game Spirit Chase Entries 2013 

Form

Horse

Age

Wgt

Trainer

Jockey

OR

F25-214

Wishfull Thinking 44

10

11-6

P J Hobbs

R Johnson

162

2111-11

Simonsig 44

7

11-5

N J Henderson

B J Geraghty

160

51/2F4-4

French Opera 44

10

11-0

N J Henderson

158

1F32P-P

Tanks For That (IRE) 77

10

11-4

N J Henderson

155

216-223

Edgardo Sol (FR) 44

6

11-6

P F Nicholls

155

2P32-11

Majala (FR) 49

7

11-3

T R George

147

1532-36

Stagecoach Pearl 91

9

11-4

Mrs S J Smith

146

1021-40

Astracad (FR) 56

7

11-4

N A Twiston-Davies

143

202211

Shooters Wood (IRE) 56

9

11-4

P F Nicholls

140

4-03123

Pigeon Island 7

10

11-0

N A Twiston-Davies

129

20FP02

Kinkeel (IRE) 9

14

11-0

A W Carroll

64

 

Game Spirit Chase Stats 2003-2012

  • The favourite has not finished out of the first two during the decade
  • Nicky Henderson has trained and Barry Geraghty ridden the last two winners
  • Paul Nicholls has trained 5 of the last 9 winners
  • Ruby Walsh rode four of Nicholls winners
  • The Pipe stable have trained the winner twice since 2003
  • Timmy Murphy rode both Pipe winners
  • No winner officially rated below 156 since 2003
  • No strong age trend

Game Spirit Chase Winners 2003-2012

Year

Horse

Age

Jockey

Trainer

OR

SP

FoF

2012

Sprinter Sacre

6

Barry Geraghty

Nicky Henderson

161

2-5

1

2011

French Opera

8

Barry Geraghty

Nicky Henderson

156

7-2

2

2010

Master Minded

7

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

178

8-13

1

2009

No race

2008

Master Minded

5

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

156

7-4

2

2007

Well Chief

8

Timmy Murphy

David Pipe

-

5-2

2

2006

Don't Be Shy

5

Timmy Murphy

Martin Pipe

-

5-4

1

2005

Azertyuiop

8

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

178

11-10

1

2004

Azertyuiop

7

Ruby Walsh

Paul Nicholls

172

4-11

1

2003

Kadarann

6

Joe Tizzard

Paul Nicholls

152

5-1

2

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