JLT Novices' Chase

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JLT Novices' Chase
Grade One race
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 2011
Race type Chase
Sponsor JLT
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 3 lb (5yo);
11 st 4 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
Purse £120,000 (2014)
1st: £68,340
Jewson Novices' Chase
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves and cap Cerise Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
Vautour Apache Stronghold Valseur Lido

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.[1]

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.[2]


Leading jockey (2 wins):

  • Tony McCoyNoble Prince (2011), Taquin de Seuil (2014)

Leading trainer (2 wins):


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
2015 Vautour 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins

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