Drinmore Novice Chase

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Drinmore Novice Chase
Grade 1 race
Location Fairyhouse
Co. Meath, Ireland
Race type Chase
Sponsor Bar One Racing
Website Fairyhouse
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
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
Purse 75,000 (2014)
1st: €48,750
Drinmore Novice Chase
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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 CarberryJohnny Setaside (1995), Harbour Pilot (2001), Watson Lake (2004)

Leading trainer since 1994 (4 wins):

  • Noel MeadeJohnny Setaside (1995), Harbour Pilot (2001), Watson Lake (2004), Pandorama (2009)

Winners since 1994[edit]

1994 Sound Man 6 Charlie Swan Edward O'Grady
1995 Johnny Setaside 6 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
1996 Dorans Pride 7 Richard Dunwoody Michael Hourigan
1997 Private Peace 7 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1998 Promalee 6 Ruby Walsh Frances Crowley
1999 Alexander Banquet 6 Barry Geraghty Willie Mullins
2000 Sackville 7 David Casey Frances Crowley
2001 Harbour Pilot 6 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2002 Le Coudray 8 Barry Geraghty Christy Roche
2003 Nil Desperandum 6 Ruby Walsh Frances Crowley
2004 Watson Lake 6 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2005 Kill Devil Hill 5 John Cullen Paul Nolan
2006 Cailin Alainn 7 Davy Russell Charles Byrnes
2007 Sky's the Limit 6 Andrew J. McNamara Edward O'Grady
2008 Trafford Lad 6 Tom Doyle Dusty Sheehy
2009 Pandorama 6 Davy Condon Noel Meade
2010 Jessies Dream 7 Timmy Murphy Gordon Elliott
2011 Bog Warrior 7 Ruby Walsh Tony Martin
2012 Arvika Ligeonniere 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2013 Don Cossack 6 Davy Russell Gordon Elliott
2014 Valseur Lido 5 Bryan Cooper Willie Mullins

See also[edit]