Golden Miller Novices' Chase

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Golden Miller Novices' Chase
JLT Novices' Chase
Grade One race
LocationCheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Race typeChase
Race information
Distance2m 3f 168y (3,976 metres)
QualificationFive-years-old and up
Weight11 st 3 lb (5yo);
11 st 4 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
Purse£156,760 (2019)[1]
1st: £88,209
JLT Novices' Chase
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Yellow, dark blue braces Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap
Defi Du Seuil Lostintranslation Mengli Khan

The Golden Miller Novices' Chase, currently known for sponsorship purposes as 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 (2 miles 3 furlongs and 168 yards, or 3,976 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.[2] The race's registered unsponsored title is the Golden Miller Novices' Chase, although it has always been run under sponsored titles.

The race has been sponsored by insurance brokers JLT since 2014. The JLT group had already been associated with sponsorship of a festival race, having sponsored the Festival Trophy Handicap Chase since 2012.[3]


Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Ruby WalshVautour (2015), Black Hercules (2016), Yorkhill (2017)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Willie MullinsSir Des Champs (2012), Vautour (2015), Black Hercules (2016), Yorkhill (2017)


2011 Noble Prince 7 Tony McCoy Paul Nolan
2012 Sir Des Champs 6 Davy Russell Willie Mullins
2013 Benefficient 7 Bryan Cooper Tony Martin
2014 Taquin du Seuil 7 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2015 Vautour 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Black Hercules 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Yorkhill 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2018 Shattered Love 7 Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott
2019 Defi du Seuil 6 Barry Geraghty Philip Hobbs

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cheltenham prize-money boosted to over £4m". Racing Post. 7 January 2016.
  2. ^ "British Horseracing Authority Announces Upgrades to Jump Pattern Races for 2013/14". Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  3. ^ "JLT back Cheltenham Feature". Retrieved 9 January 2014.