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Fortria Chase History

The Fortria Chase is a Grade Two race run at Navan over two miles for horses aged five years or older and is widely regarded as a trial for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Having originally been run as a handicap, it eventually became a conditions race in 2000 and is now one of the jumping highlights of the early part of the national hunt season in Ireland.

Often attracting some of the best two-mile chasers from the Emerald Isle the illustrious roll of honour since the turn of the century has seen some top class speedsters bag this prize before going on to Cheltenham Festival glory.

Moscow Flyer has already stormed to success in the 2003 Queen Mother Champion Chase before winning his first Fortria Chase by five lengths later on in the year.  Jessica Harrington's stable star then bagged his second success in the Fortria in 2004 before going on to Prestbury Park to regain his Champion Chase title in 2005.

Another dual winner of the Fortria Chase was Colm Murphy's Big Zeb who bagged back-to-back successes in the contest in 2009 and 2010 and managed to use his 2009 victory as a stepping stone to festival success.   As a nine-year-old Big Zeb tore apart his rivals in the 2010 Champion Chase in March to secure two-mile supremacy.

Barry Geraghty has a simply glorious record in this contest and since 1999 has amassed a staggering six wins as a jockey piloting both Moscow Flyer and Big Zeb to their fantastic Fortria doubles.

Recent Winners of Fortria Chase

  • 2000 - Native Upmanship
  • 2001 - Micko's Dream
  • 2002 - Alcapone
  • 2003 - Moscow Flyer
  • 2004 - Moscow Flyer
  • 2005 - Central House
  • 2006 - Nickname
  • 2007 - French Accordion
  • 2008 - Watson Lake
  • 2009 - Big Zeb
  • 2010 - Big Zeb
  • 2011 - Big Zeb
  • 2012 - Flemenstar
  • 2013 - Flemenstar