Maghull Novices' Chase

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Maghull Novices' Chase
Grade 1 race
Location Aintree Racecourse
Merseyside, England
Inaugurated 1954
Race type Chase
Sponsor Sharp's Brewery
Website Aintree
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 4 lb
7 lb for mares
Purse £110,000 (2013)
1st: £61,987
Maghull Novices' Chase
Red, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, red stars Red, black and white striped sleeves, red cap, black diamond Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
Balder Succes Simply Ned Trifolium
Royal blue, white stars, red and white striped sleeves, white cap, royal blue stars Yellow, royal blue seams, grey sleeves, royal blue seams, royal blue cap Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
Special Tiara Overturn Alderwood
Red, royal blue chevrons, armlets and star on cap Yellow, royal blue spots Dark blue, red star, checked sleeves, red cap
Sprinter Sacre Toubab Kudu Country
White, black cap Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Black, white hoops and sleeves, hooped cap
Finian's Rainbow Ghizao Dan Breen
Black and white (halved), red sleeves and cap Light blue, royal blue hoop, armlets and cap Black, pink stars, pink sleeves, white cap, black stars
Tataniano Osana Archie Boy
Red and white (quartered), red sleeves Black and white (halved), red sleeves and cap Orange, black star, diabolo on sleeves, white and black hooped cap
Kalahari King Tatenen Made In Taipan
Black and beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, beige cap Pink, large Purple spots and armlets Pink, Black diamond and armlets, quartered cap
Tidal Bay Takeroc Modicum

The Maghull Novices' Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Aintree over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are twelve fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Grand National meeting in early April.

The event was established in 1954, and it has been known by various titles. It is currently named after Maghull, a town located to the north of Aintree. For a period the race was classed at Grade 2 level, and it was promoted to Grade 1 status in 1995.

The Maghull Novices' Chase usually features horses which ran previously in the Arkle Challenge Trophy, and the last to win both events was Sprinter Sacre in 2012.


Leading jockey since 1977 (3 wins):

  • Ruby WalshLe Roi Miguel (2003), Twist Magic (2007), Tataniano (2010)

Leading trainer since 1977 (5 wins):

  • Paul NichollsFlagship Uberalles (1999), Armaturk (2002), Le Roi Miguel (2003), Twist Magic (2007), Tataniano (2010)

Winners since 1977[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
1977 Siberian Sun 6 Frank Berry Francis Flood
1978 Another Dolly 8 John Burke Fred Rimell
1979 Night Nurse 8 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1980 Western Rose 8 Sam Morshead Fred Rimell
1981 Irian 7 Frank Berry Arthur Moore
1982 Brave Fellow 8 Tony Charlton Jimmy FitzGerald
1983 Ryeman 6 Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1984 Noddy's Ryde 7 Neale Doughty Gordon W. Richards
1985 Pan Arctic 6 Philip Hobbs Tom Bill
1986 Pearlyman 7 Paul Barton John Edwards
1987 Dan the Miller 8 Graham Bradley Monica Dickinson
1988 Jim Thorpe 7 Chris Grant Gordon W. Richards
1989 Feroda 8 Tom Taaffe Arthur Moore
1990 Boutzdaroff 8 Derek Byrne Jimmy FitzGerald
1991 Young Benz 7 Lorcan Wyer Peter Easterby
1992 Cyphrate 6 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1993 Valiant Boy 7 Russ Garritty Steve Kettlewell
1994 Nakir 6 Jamie Osborne Simon Christian
1995 Morceli 7 Norman Williamson Howard Johnson
1996 Ask Tom 7 Peter Niven Tom Tate
1997 Squire Silk 8 Jamie Osborne Andrew Turnell
1998 Direct Route 7 Paul Carberry Howard Johnson
1999 Flagship Uberalles 5 Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls
2000 Cenkos 6 David Casey Oliver Sherwood
2001 Ballinclay King 7 Adrian Maguire Ferdy Murphy
2002 Armaturk 5 Timmy Murphy Paul Nicholls
2003 Le Roi Miguel 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Well Chief 5 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2005 Ashley Brook 7 Paddy Brennan Kevin Bishop
2006 Foreman 8 Tony McCoy Thierry Doumen
2007 Twist Magic 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Tidal Bay 7 Denis O'Regan Howard Johnson
2009 Kalahari King 8 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2010 Tataniano 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2011 Finian's Rainbow 8 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Sprinter Sacre 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Special Tiara 6 Bryan Cooper Henry de Bromhead
2014 Balder Succes 6 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King

See also[edit]