Growise Champion Novice Chase

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Growise Champion Novice Chase
Grade 1 race
Location Punchestown
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Growise
Website Punchestown
Race information
Distance 3m 120y (4,938 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 5 lb (5yo);
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
Purse 100,000 (2017)
1st: €59,000
Champion Novice Chase
Maroon, white star and armlet, maroon cap, white star Emerald green and orange hooped, white cap Maroon, white star, white armlets, white cap
Disko Anibale Fly A Genie In Abottle

The Growise Champion Novice Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Punchestown over a distance of about 3 miles and ½ furlong (3 miles and 120 yards, or 4,938 metres), and during its running there are seventeen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May.

The present version of the race was introduced in 2007, when it was sponsored by Ellier Developments. There had been two similar events in the preceding years – a Grade 2 race over a shorter distance (also sponsored by Ellier),[1] and a handicap race over the same length.[2] The new version was backed by Boylesports in 2009, and by Growise in 2010.

The Growise Champion Novice Chase is Ireland's equivalent of the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, but no horse has won both races since 2007.


Leading jockey since 2007 (3 wins):

  • Davy Russell - Quito De La Roque (2011), Sir Des Champs (2012), Zabana (2016)

Leading trainer since 2007 (3 wins):

  • Willie Mullins - Kempes (2010), Sir Des Champs (2012), Valseur Lido (2015)

Winners since 2007[edit]

2007 Offshore Account 7 Denis O'Regan Charlie Swan
2008 Air Force One 6 Noel Fehily Charlie Mann
2009 Rare Bob 7 Paddy Flood Dessie Hughes
2010 Kempes 7 Tony McCoy Willie Mullins
2011 Quito De La Roque 7 Davy Russell Colm Murphy
2012 Sir Des Champs 6 Davy Russell Willie Mullins
2013 Mount Benbulben 8 Danny Mullins Gordon Elliott
2014 Carlingford Lough 8 Tony McCoy John Kiely
2015 Valseur Lido 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Zabana 7 Davy Russell Andrew Lynch
2017 Disko 6 Bryan Cooper Noel Meade

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ellier Developments Novice Chase". April 25, 2006. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ " Novice Handicap Chase". April 28, 2006. Retrieved 2010-04-25.