Thyestes Chase

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The Thyestes Chase is a National Hunt handicap steeplechase run in Ireland. It takes place at Gowran Park, Gowran, County Kilkenny in January, over a distance of about 3 miles and 1 furlong (5,029 metres) and during the race there are 17 fences to be jumped. The race is usually contested by horses who go on to run in the Grand National and has been won in recent years by two horses who have gone on to win the Grand National, in Hedgehunter and Numbersixvalverde. The most famous winners of the race were Arkle (1964) and Flyingbolt (1966). It currently has a maximum field of 18 runners. The race is sponsored by bloodstock auctioneers Goffs.

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History

The race has been won by three time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Arkle (1964), Irish Grand National & Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Flyingbolt (1966) and Aintree Grand National winners Hedgehunter (2005) and Numbersixvalverde (2006). The race takes its name from the racehorse, Thyestes, named after a figure from Greek mythology. Thyestes, by The Tetrarch (out of Tetratema), was bred by Major Victor McCalmont of Mount Juliet and trained by Atty Persse at Stockbridge, Wiltshire. Thyestes was rated the third-best two-year-old of 1930 as a result of his winning his only two races, the National Breeders Produce Stakes over 5 furlongs at Sandown Park and the Rous Memorial Stakes over 6 furlongs at Goodwood. Thyestes never ran again due to injury and was retired to stud in Yorkshire. The Thyestes trophy was presented to the Kilkenny Show by Major Dermot McCalmont for a 5-year-old likely to make a good hunter. The trophy was won by a horse owned by Mr John McEnery of Rossenarra Stud, Kells, County Kilkenny and ridden by his son Martin. The McEnery family then presented it to Gowran Park for the first running of the Thyestes Chase in 1954. [1] [2] [3]

Records

Most successful horse since 1988 (2 wins):

Leading jockey since 1988 (3 wins):

Leading trainer since 1988 (8 wins):

Recent winners

YearWinnerAgeWeightJockeyTrainer
1988Feltrim Hill Lad710-03P ConnellPatrick Griffin
1989Olan Lad910-13M FlynnFrank Lehane
1990Mweenish810-00P GillJohn Webber
1991Roc De Prince810-05Brendan Sheridan Ted Walsh
1992Grand Habit810-03Jason TitleyHarry De Bromhead
1993Zeta's Lad1010-09Robbie SuppleJohn Upson
1994Nuaffe910-12S H O'Donovan Pat Fahy
1995Wylde Hide810-08Francis WoodsArthur Moore
1996Wylde Hide910-02Francis WoodsArthur Moore
1997Couldn't Be Better1012-00Graham Bradley Charlie Brooks
1998Letterlee810-02Shay BarryT Cahill
1999Bob Treacy1012-00 Norman Williamson Michael Hickey
2000Micko's Dream811-07Jason Titley Willie Mullins
2001Bob Treacy1210-08John CullenMichael Hickey
2002This Is Serious810-00David Casey Charlie Swan
2003Be My Belle710-00 Timmy Murphy Sean Treacy
2004 Hedgehunter 810-02David Casey Willie Mullins
2005 Numbersixvalverde 910-05 Niall Madden Martin Brassil
2006Dun Doire709-10 Paul Carberry Tony Martin
2007Homer Wells910-02 Davy Condon Willie Mullins
2008Priests Leap810-07Phillip EnrightThomas Gerard O'Leary
2009Priests Leap910-13Phillip EnrightThomas Gerard O'Leary
2010Whinstone Boy909-11Sean FlanaganJames Joseph Mangan
2011Siegemaster1011-07 Davy Russell Dessie Hughes
2012On His Own810-02David Casey Willie Mullins
2013Jadanli1110-07 Andrew Lynch Paul John Gilligan
2014On His Own1011-06 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2015 Djakadam 611-10 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016My Murphy1010-05 Robbie Power Liam Burke
2017Champagne West911-07 David Mullins Henry de Bromhead
2018Monbeg Notorious710-02 Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
2019Invitation Only811-06 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2020Total Recall1111-04Danny Mullins Willie Mullins

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