Drinmore Novice Chase
|Grade 1 race|
Co. Meath, Ireland
|Sponsor||Bar One Racing|
|Distance||2m 4f (4,023 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
|Weight||10 st 11 lb (4yo);
11 st 9 lb (5yo);
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for fillies and mares
|Valseur Lido||Apache Stronghold||Real Steel|
The Drinmore Novice Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Fairyhouse over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are fifteen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late November or early December.
The event was first run in its present form in 1994, when it replaced a previous version called the Drinmore Chase. Since then it has held Grade 1 status, and it is now usually staged on the same afternoon as two other top-grade races – the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle and the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.
Leading jockey since 1994 (3 wins):
- Paul Carberry – Johnny Setaside (1995), Harbour Pilot (2001), Watson Lake (2004)
Leading trainer since 1994 (4 wins):
- Noel Meade – Johnny Setaside (1995), Harbour Pilot (2001), Watson Lake (2004), Pandorama (2009)
Winners since 1994
- Racing Post:
- pedigreequery.com – Drinmore Novice Chase – Fairyhouse.