Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase

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Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase
Listed race
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Cheltenham, England
Inaugurated 2005
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Close Brothers Group
Website Cheltenham
Race information
Distance 2m 4½f (4,124 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £65,000 (2016)[1]
1st: £37,018
Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase
Yellow, dark blue sash, dark blue cap, yellow star Yellow, purple hoops and armlets, hooped cap Dark blue and white diabolo, emerald green and white check sleeves, white cap, red star
Tully East Gold Present Two Taffs

The Centenary Novices' Handicap Chase, known for sponsorship purposes as the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase, is a Listed National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over a distance of about 2 miles and 4½ furlongs (4,124 metres), and during its running there are sixteen fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race for novice chasers with a handicap rating between 0 and 140, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The event was established when a fourth day was added to the Cheltenham Festival in 2005. The winning ride by Mattie Batchelor in the inaugural edition subsequently won the Lester Award for Jump Ride of the Year. The race was sponsored by Jewson from 2005 to 2010 and run as the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase on the third day of the Festival. Jewson transferred their sponsorship to a new race at the 2011 Festival, the Jewson Novices' Chase, which remained on the third day while the Novices' Handicap Chase was moved to become the final race on the opening day of the Festival. The race title commemorated the centenary of the Cheltenham Festival in 2011. In 2012 the race was sponsored by Pulteney Land Investments and from 2013 to 2014 by Rewards4Racing. In 2015 it was sponsored by Chaps Restaurants Barbados and since 2016 the race has been sponsored by Close Brothers Group.


Leading jockey (2 wins):

Leading trainer (2 wins):

  • Ferdy Murphy - L'Antartique (2007), Divers (2011)


  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
  • Weights given in stones and pounds.
2005 King Harald 7 10-04 Mattie Batchelor Mark Bradstock
2006 Reveillez 7 10-11 Tony McCoy James Fanshawe
2007 L'Antartique 7 10-11 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2008 Finger Onthe Pulse 7 10-12 Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe
2009 Chapoturgeon 5 10-11 Timmy Murphy Paul Nicholls
2010 Copper Bleu 8 11-01 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2011 Divers 7 11-04 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2012 Hunt Ball 7 12-00 Nick Scholfield Keiran Burke
2013 Rajdhani Express 6 11-12 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
2014 Present View 6 11-07 Brendan Powell jnr Jamie Snowden
2015 Irish Cavalier 6 11-07 Paul Townend Rebecca Curtis
2016 Ballyalton 9 11-10 Brian Hughes Ian Williams
2017 Tully East 7 11-08 Denis O'Regan Alan Fleming

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cheltenham prize-money boosted to over £4m". Racing Post. 7 January 2016.