Marsh Melling Steeple Chase

Everything you need to know ahead of the Mellings Steeple Chase on Ladies Day of the Grand National Festival.

Boston Bob leading the 2019 Melling Steeple Chase

Previously known as the Melling Chase after the Melling village and Melling road, which runs through the track, now known as the Marsh Melling Chase. This National Hunt horse race is open to horses over the age of five and runs annually in April at the Aintree Grand National Festival.

There are 16 fences for the horses to jump over a total track distance of two miles and four furlongs. The race has held a Grade One classification since being established in 1991.

Date8 April 2022
Start Time (GMT)15:25
Distance2m 4f
Where to Watch
Horses’ Age5+
Grand National Festival Day 2: Melling Steeple Chase

Melling Steeple Chase: Recent Winners

2021Fakir D’oudairiesMark WalshJoseph Patrick O’Brien
2019MinRuby WalshWillie Mullins
2018PolitologueSam Twiston-DaviesPaul Nicholls
2017Fox NortonRobbie PowerColin Tizzard
2016God’s OwnPaddy BrennanTom George
The Grand National Festival did not take place in 2020.

Melling Steeple Chase Tips, Predictions, and Previews

Note: the tips below refer to the 2021 Grand National Festival; updated previews will be available on the week of the 2022 Festival.

Politologue won this in 2018 and was second to Min a year later. The grey is one of three for Paul Nicholls but is perhaps vulnerable to younger legs now. Stablemate Master Tommytucker will surely never find a better opportunity to win a Grade 1 than the Ascot race he finished second in last time. The winner, Dashel Drasher, is very game but has to prove his effectiveness away from his beloved Ascot now. Notebook hasn’t been at his best this season but could relish this track, though he’s got something to find, particularly when compared to fellow Irish raider FAKIR D’OUDAIRIES – second to Allaho in last month’s Ryanair at Cheltenham. He needs to jump more fluently, but this track should help and Joseph O’Brien’s charge looks ready to bag the biggest success of his career so far.

Selection: Fakir D’oudairies @ 11/4

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