A horse lands following a fence jump
A horse lands following a fence jump
19 Jumps

For competitors to take on in this National Hunt Steeplechase.

Grimthorpe Chase

What Is The Grimthorpe Chase?

Run in Doncaster each year, The Grimthorpe Chase is a National Hunt steeplechase which contains 19 jump fences. The distance has varied over time, but currently sits at a little over 3 miles and 2 furlongs.

Where to Watch

You can watch the whole seven race card from 1.45pm live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 or Virgin 535).

ITV Racing will also be showing three of the races live: the Listed Virgin Bet Mares' Novices' Hurdle at 2.20pm, the Virgin Bet Handicap Chase at 2.55pm and the feature Virgin Bet Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at 3.30pm.   

A horse jumping a fence at Doncaster Racecourse

A Little History

The race runs each year in late February/early March, which can mean incremental weather and saw the race called off in 2018 due to heavy snow. This tough test is often seen as a trial for the Grand National in April, with many winners (such as The Last Samuri and Definitely Red) going on to be favourites in the national.

Horses racing at Doncaster Racecourse

What's In A Name?

The name of the race itself comes from the Grimthorpe family, who are steeped in racing history. With the family being owners of winners of the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, members of the Jockey Club and also a director of Thirsk Racecourse. Currently the 5th Baron Grimthorpe, Teddy Beckett, is chairman of York Racecourse, as well as a racing manager.

Grimthrope Roll Of Honour
Year
Horse
Jockey
Trainer
2020
Captain Chaos
Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton
2019
Chidswell
Craig Nichol
Nicky Richards
2018
Abandoned due to snow
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--
2017
Definitly Red
Danny Cook
Brian Ellison
2016
The Last Samuri
David Bass
Kim Bailey
2015
Wayward Prince
Robert Dunne
Hilary Parrott
2014
Night in Milan
James Reveley
Keith Reveley
2013
Quentin Collonges
Andrew Tinkler
Henry Daly
2012
Ikorodu Road
Charlie Poste
Matt Sheppard
2011
Always Right
James Reveley
John Wade
2010
Wogan
Andrew Tinkler
Nicky Henderson
2009
Out The Black
Tom O'Brien
Philip Hobbs
2008
Cloudy Lane
Jason Maguire
Donald McCain
2007
No race: Course closed for redevelopment
--
--
2006
No race: Course closed for redevelopment
--
--
2005
Run For Paddy
Noel Fehily
Mark Pitman
2004
Grey Abbey
Alan Dempsey
J Howard Johnson
2003
Tom's Prize
Marcus Foley
John Spearing
2002
Skillwise
David O'Meara
Tim Easterby
2001
Abandoned due to Foot and Mouth outbreak
--
--
2000
Knight Templar
Barry Fenton
Paul Nicholls

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