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 2014 Champion Chaser Sire De Grugy is targeting the 2015 renewal.
Game Spirit Chase Stats 2003-2014
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