JLT Novices' Chase
|JLT Novices' Chase|
|Grade One race|
|Distance||2m 4f (4,023 metres)|
|Qualification||Five-years-old and up|
|Weight||11 st 3 lb (5yo);
11 st 4 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
|Taquin Du Seuil||Uxizandre||Double Ross|
|Sir Des Champs||Champion Court||For Non Stop|
|Noble Prince||Wishfull Thinking||Loosen My Load|
The JLT Novices' Chase is a Grade One National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are seventeen fences to be jumped. It is a race for novice chasers and it is scheduled to take place each year on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The race was initially sponsored by Jewson and was established in 2011 as a new race at the Festival. Jewson had sponsored a handicap race for novice chasers from 2005 to 2010, the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase, which was run on the third day of the Festival. Jewson transferred their sponsorship to this new race at the 2011 Festival which took the place of the Novices' Handicap Chase on the third day, while the handicap race was moved to become the final race on the opening day of the Festival and retitled the Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase. The Jewson Novices' Chase was upgraded to Grade One by the British Horseracing Board from its 2014 running.
On 9 January 2014 it was announced that sponsorship of the race would be taken over by insurance brokers JLT. The JLT group have already been associated with sponsorship of a festival race, having sponsored the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase since 2012.
Leading jockey (2 wins):
- Tony McCoy – Noble Prince (2011), Taquin de Seuil (2014)
- no trainer has won this race more than once
|2011||Noble Prince||5||Tony McCoy||Paul Nolan|
|2012||Sir Des Champs||6||Davy Russell||Willie Mullins|
|2013||Benefficient||7||Bryan Cooper||Tony Martin|
|2014||Taquin de Seuil||7||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill|
- "British Horseracing Authority Announces Upgrades to Jump Pattern Races for 2013/14". Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "JLT back Cheltenham Feature". Retrieved 9 January 2014.