Betfair Exchange Chase
(Registered as the Game Spirit Chase)
Grade 2 Handicap, Newbury 15:00
£50,000 added, 5yo plus,
2m 92yds, Class 1   
Saturday 9th February 2019

Race Abandoned due to Equine Flu scare

Better known as the Game Spirit Chase, the Grade Two contest emerged as an option for Willie Mullins’ multiple Grade One winner Un De Sceaux after a late decision to skip a second clash with Altior in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot.

Un De Sceaux
© Caroline Norris
Un De Sceaux

With the ground set to be soft, conditions are likely to be in his favour this weekend.

He could face Ruth Jefferson’s Waiting Patiently, who has had to do exactly that this season after a late start when recuperating from injury.

The eight-year-old made his comeback in the King George and was almost brought down by Bristol De Mai, unseating Brian Hughes. Fast ground has scuppered any chance to run since.

Amy Murphy’s star novice Kalashnikov has been given the engagement, but he is also in the Kingmaker at Warwick.

Fox Norton made his return from a lengthy lay off behind Altior at Ascot and is on course to run for Colin Tizzard.

“I don’t know what is going to take him on, but he had a nice introduction at Ascot the other day and it was good to get him back on the racecourse. He hadn’t run since the 2017 King George,” said Tizzard.

Saint Calvados could represent Harry Whittington having finished third to Min at Leopardstown last weekend.

Kerry Lee has entered three in Gino Trail, Top Gamble and Tree Of Liberty, while Harry Fry can call on Hell’s Kitchen, with the Paul Nicholls-trained Dolos and Gary Moore’s Darebin completing the list.

Betfair Exchange Chase
(Registered As The Game Spirit Chase) (Grade 2)
£50,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 92y, Class 1
11 entries
Going: Soft

Form Horse Age Wgt Trainer
312415 Darebin (GER) 7 7 11-0 G L Moore
72-2231 Dolos (FR) 7 6 11-0 P F Nicholls
11/12P-2 Fox Norton (FR) 21 9 11-6 C L Tizzard
12123-2 Gino Trail (IRE) 7 12 11-0 Kerry Lee
2U1P-71 Hell's Kitchen 49 8 11-0 H Fry
212-112 Kalashnikov (IRE) 44 6 11-0 Miss Amy Murphy
114-133 Saint Calvados (FR) 7 6 11-4 H Whittington
438-4FF Top Gamble (IRE) 44 11 11-0 Kerry Lee
2125-24 Tree Of Liberty (IRE) 28 7 11-0 Kerry Lee
11211-2 Un De Sceaux (FR) 63 11 11-6 W P Mullins
11/111-U Waiting Patiently (IRE) 45 8 11-6 Ruth Jefferson

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Betfair Exchange Chase – Roll of Honour

YEAR WINNER TRAINER JOCKEY AGE/WEIGHT SP RAN

2018 ALTIOR NJ Henderson Nico de Boinville 08-11-06 1/3F 3
2017 ALTIOR NJ Henderson Nico de Boinville 07-11-05 30/100F 4
2016 TOP GAMBLE Kerry Lee Richard Johnson 08-11-05 10/11F 4
2015 MR MOLE Paul Nicholls A P McCoy 07-11-06 7/2 5
2014 MODULE Tom George Paddy Brennan 07-11-02 11/8F 4
2013 WISHFULL THINKING Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 10-11-06 4/1 6
2012 SPRINTER SACRE Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 06-11-05 2/5F 6
2011 FRENCH OPERA Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 08-11-05 7/2 7
2010 MASTER MINDED Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 07-11-10 8/13F 5
2009 Abandoned - Snow
2008 MASTER MINDED Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 05-11-04 7/4 6
2007 WELL CHIEF David Pipe Timmy Murphy 08-11-00 5/2 8
*2006 DON’T BE SHY Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy 05-10-11 5/4F 4
2005 AZERTYUIOP Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 08-11-10 11/10F 6
2004 AZERTYUIOP Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 07-11-05 4/11F 6
2003 KADARANN Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard 06-11-04 5/1 5
2002 LADY CRICKET Martin Pipe A P McCoy 08-11-01 15/8 7
2001 FUNCTION DREAM Mary Reveley Anthony Ross 09-11-03 7/4 6
2000 FLAGSHIP UBERALLES Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard 06-11-13 1/4F 3
1999 CELIBATE Charlie Mann Mick Fitzgerald 08-11-03 7/2 6
1998 ASK TOM Tom Tate Russ Garritty 09-11-10 13/8F 4
1997 DOUBLE SYMPHONY Charlie Brooks Jamie Osborne 09-10-12 4/5F 3
1996 VIKING FLAGSHIP David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 09-11-10 5/2 6
1995 NAKIR Simon Christian Jamie Osborne 07-11-10 5/2 3
1994 VIKING FLAGSHIP David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 07-11-10 3/1 5
1993 WATERLOO BOY David Nicholson Richard Dunwoody 10-11-07 9/4 5
1992 WATERLOO BOY David Nicholson Richard Dunwoody 09-11-10 10/11F 6

*Run at Lingfield Park after Newbury was abandoned because of frost