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The Marsh Steeple Chase (Registered as the Melling)

The Marsh Steeple Chase is the fourth race of Ladies Day and the second featured race of The Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse every April.

The Grand National Festival is much more than just the Grand National Steeple Chase. It offers three days of adrenaline-inducing National Hunt horse racing with as many as 21 incredible races taking place across the occasion.

With a perfect mixture of hurdles, steeplechases and flat races, these 21 races are split into three seven-race cards, each including its own feature race on Liverpool NHS Day, Ladies Day and Grand National Day. 

These three feature races are The Betway Aintree Hurdle on Day One, The Marsh Steeple Chase on Day Two and The Grand National Steeple Chase on Day Three, all of which offer a six-figure prize to the first placed competitor alone.

To witness these beautiful races unfold, whether live in person or via racing.tv, keep your calendar empty for Thursday the 8th, Friday the 9th and Saturday the 10th of April 2021. For all of The Grand National Festival’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Marsh Steeple Chase, registered as The Melling Chase, is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase that serves as the featured race of the second day of The Grand National Festival at Aintree every year.

Open to horses aged five years old and above, The Marsh Steeple Chase runs 2 miles and 4 furlongs of Aintree’s Mildmay course and features sixteen fences for the elite competitors to navigate.

A total of a quarter of a million pounds was in the prize pot last time out and we’re expecting to see something very similar this coming April, which is shared between the teams of the first four successful horses in the following manner:

1st place – £140,325

2nd place – £52,775

3rd place – £26,375

4th place – £13,175

The Marsh Steeple Chase will be the fourth and featured race of Ladies day, beginning at 15:25 on Friday the 9th of April 2021.

Runners

The Marsh Steeple Chase is contested by some of the most talented horses and jockeys trained by some of the most experience racehorse trainers in the industry. Every competitor has earned their right to fight for a share of the £250,000 prize pool and everybody that tunes in to watch this one is in for a treat.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Ladies Day during the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. God’s Own (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 25/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Tom George
  2. Hell’s Kitchen (GB) – fourth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Barry Geraghty and trained by Harry Fry
  3. Min (FR) – first-place finish – 2/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins
  4. Politologue (FR) – second-place finish – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  5. Top Notch (FR) – Pulled Up – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob and trained by Nicky Henderson
  6. Waiting Patiently (IRE) – third-place finish – 9/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-7 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Ruth Jefferson
  7. Woodland Opera (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-7 – assigned jockey Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington

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Odds

Odds for The Marsh Steeple Chase can be very generously priced, with the 2016 edition of this race serving as a perfect example:

French competitor Vautour was almost guaranteed victory with an incredibly short starting price of 1/5. This short price meant no other competitor was any shorter than 15/2 at the start.

He was leading as expected until he fell at the 9th fence, making way for 10/1 God’s Own to win the race, with 15/2 second-favourite Al Ferof in second place and a pair of 28/1 outsider Clarcam and Somersby in third and fourth.

This 10/1 result meant that £10 outright backing stakes saw a return of £110 and profits of £100. Not bad at all for the race’s third-favourite!

Previous Runners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Marsh Steeple Chase during the Grand National meeting, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

Last time out at The Grand National Festival, The Marsh Steeple Chase was won comfortably by 2/1 race favourite Min, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by Nicky Henderson.

20 lengths behind Min was second-place Politologue who began the race as 5/2 third-favourite, followed by 9/4 second-favourite Waiting Patiently in third place and 14/1 outsider Hell’s Kitchen in fourth.

2018

The Marsh Steeple Chase was won by 11/1 outsider Politologue on Ladies Day at The Grand National Festival in 2018, ridden by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Paul Nicholls.

11/10 strong race favourite Min finished just a neck behind Politologue in second place, followed by 20/1 outsider Sizing Granite in third place and 2/1 race second-favourite Balko Des Flos in fourth.

2017

The winner of 2017’s edition of The Marsh Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse for The Grand National Festival was 4/1 third-favourite Fox Norton, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Colin Tizzard.

10/3 second-favourite Sub Lieutenant finished 6 lengths behind Fox Norton in second place, followed by 14/1 outsider Traffic Fluide in third place and 16/1 longer outsider Kylemore Lough in fourth.

2016

Back in 2016, The Marsh Steeple Chase on Ladies Day of The Grand National on Aintree’s Mildmay course was 10/1 outsider God’s Own, ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan and trained by Tom George.

15/2 priced Al Ferof finished two and three-quarter lengths behind God’s Own in second place, followed by 28/1 outsider Clarcam in third place and equally priced 28/1 Somersby in fourth.

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