Many Clouds Chase

The Many Clouds Chase is a Grade 2 race over three miles and one furlong on the Mildmay Course at Aintree in December.

The Many Clouds Chase is held on Saturday 9th December 2023.

It was upgraded from listed status in 2011 and renamed after the 2015 Grand National winner in 2017.

Many Clouds won this race himself in 2016 and other notable winners include Don Poli (2015), Definitely Red (2017, 2018) and Native River (2019).

Find out more about the Many Clouds Chase:

Many Clouds Chase

Race Overview – The Many Clouds Chase

Horses must be at least four years old to compete in the Grade Two National Hunt steeplechase, the Many Clouds Chase.

Nineteen jumps must be jumped throughout the race, which is raced at Aintree over a distance of approximately 3 miles and 1 furlong (3 miles and 210 yards, or 5,020 metres). Every year, it’s set for the first part of December.

Many Clouds Chase 2023 Odds

The Many Clouds Chase odds are listed below:

Many Clouds Chase
  • Date: Saturday 3rd of December 2022
  • Time: 13:30
  • Details: 8 Runners Aintree.
Ahoy Senor
7/4
Conflated
7/2
Sounds Russian
6/1
Dusart
13/2
Noble Yeats
7/1
Dashel Drasher
9/1
Sam Brown
10/1
Fury Road
14/1

Many Clouds Chase 2023 Tips

The Many Clouds Chase tips are below:

  • 2 points to win for TBC at odds of TBC
  • 1 point each way for TBC at odds of TBC

Many Many Clouds Chase horses will race in more races throughout the years. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.

Many Clouds Chase Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2011Master Of The Hall7Barry GeraghtyNicky Henderson
2012Wayward Prince8Jack DoyleHilary Parrott
2013Unioniste5Sam Twiston-DaviesPaul Nicholls
2014Sam Winner7Nick ScholfieldPaul Nicholls
2015Don Poli6Bryan CooperWillie Mullins
2016Many Clouds9Leighton AspellOliver Sherwood
2017Definitly Red8Danny CookBrian Ellison
2018Definitly Red9Danny CookBrian Ellison
2019Native River9Richard JohnsonColin Tizzard
2020Lake View Lad10Brian HughesNick Alexander
2021Protektorat6Bridget AndrewsDan Skelton
2022Noble Yeats7Sean BowenEmmet Mullins

Many Clouds Chase Previous Result

Famous Many Clouds Chase Winners

2015 winner Don Poli won three Grade 1 races in his career. He was the leading novice chaser in Great Britain and Ireland in 2014-15, winning the Topaz Novicesā€™ Chase at Leopardstown and the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He finished third in the 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup behind Don Cossack, both horses racing in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud.

Many Clouds is famous for his win in the 2015 Aintree Grand National, trained by Oliver Sherwood and ridden by Leighton Aspell. His win was notable for carrying 11st 9lbs, the highest weighted winner of the National since Red Rum in 1974. He had won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in 2014, the first horse in history to win the Hennessy and the National in the same season.

Many Clouds also won the Cotswold Chase twice in 2015 and 2017. His second victory was tragic as he collapsed and died after bravely fighting off the challenge of odds-on favourite and leading Gold Cup hope Thistlecrack. He was officially rated 2lbs higher than subsequent Gold Cup winner Sizing John. His popularity is demonstrated by having such a prestigious race named in his honour.

Definitely Red became the first dual winner of this race in 2017 and 2018. He was a tough and consistent handicapper who progressed to win at Grade 2 level, here and in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham.

2019 winner Native River had won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018. He was also a three-time winner of the Denman Chase (2017, 2018 and 2020). He established himself as a chaser of the highest class with victories in the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Welsh Grand National in 2016. He defied top weight of 11st 12lbs at Chepstow, the highest weight carried to victory in that race since the remarkable win of Carvillā€™s Hill in 1991.

The high standard of winners was maintained in 2021 when Protektorat won convincingly for Dan Skelton. He finished third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and began his 2022-23 campaign with victory in the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park.

Key Many Clouds Chase Trials

The most significant trial for the Many Clouds Chase has been the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. Four of the eleven winners ran in that race on their previous start, Definitely Red winning both races in 2018.

Four winners of this race have run in the Cotswold Chase on their next outing, a recognised Cheltenham Gold Cup Trial. Many Clouds (2016) and Definitely Red (2017) won both races. Three winners ran in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown with Don Poli (2015) winning in Ireland.

Six Many Clouds winners have run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same season; Don Poli (2015-16) and Protektorat (2021-22) both finished third.

Many Clouds Chase Betting Trends

There does not appear to be any age bias for this race with horses winning from ages five to ten. Unioniste (2013) won as a five-year-old while the oldest winner was the ten-year-old Lake View Lad in 2020.

There have been four successful outright favourites and two joint favourites in this race to date.

Only one of the first eleven renewals was won by a horse not in the first three in the betting. That was 16-1 chance Lake View Lad (2020) who bucked the trend of winning market leaders.

The lowest officially rated winner so far was Master Of The Hall (144) who won the inaugural running in 2011.

The highest-rated winner was Native River (167) in 2019, just 1lb higher than Many Clouds (2016).

Many Clouds Chase ā€“ Top Trainers and Jockeys

Two trainers have won the Many Clouds Chase twice during its short history.

Paul Nicholls won it with Unioniste (2013) and Sam Winner (2014).

Both of Brian Ellisonā€™s victories came via Definitely Red in 2017 and 2018. Danny Cook rode Definitely Red on both occasions, the only jockey to win the race twice to date.

Betting on the Many Clouds Chase

The Many Clouds Chase is already gaining a reputation as an early-season Cheltenham Gold Cup trial.

With only one shock result in the first eleven seasons, the form can be followed with confidence.

Popular Questions

What are important facts about Many Clouds Chase?

Here are some important facts about Many Clouds Chase:

  • The Many Clouds Chase is run at Aintree Racecourse, Great Britain
  • The Many Clouds Chase is for horses aged 4 and over
  • The Many Clouds Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt Steeplechase in Great Britain
  • The Many Clouds Chase distance is 3 miles and 1 furlong

Summary of the Many Clouds Chase

Thank you for reading our Many Clouds Chase guide.

The race is one of the top chases of the year and has been won by many greats.

It is a fitting memory to a great racehorse!

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