Mildmay Novices' Chase

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Mildmay Novices' Chase
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The Mildmay 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 Mildmay course at Aintree over a distance of about 3 miles and 1 furlong (5,029 metres), and during its running there are nineteen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Grand National meeting in early April.

The event was established in 1981, and its first two winners – Bregawn and Burrough Hill Lad – both went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The race used to be regularly sponsored by Mumm, but it has had several different sponsors since 2001. The latest of these, Betway, began supporting the event in 2017. It was upgraded to Grade One status from its 2014 running.[1]

The Mildmay Novices' Chase usually features horses which ran previously in the RSA Chase, and the last to win both races was Might Bite in 2017.


  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".
1981 Bregawn 7 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson
1982 Burrough Hill Lad 6 Phil Tuck Jenny Pitman
1983 Everett 8 Stuart Shilston Fulke Walwyn
1984 Baron Blakeney 7 Mr Oliver Sherwood Martin Pipe
1985 Rhyme 'n' Reason 6 Graham Bradley David Murray Smith
1986 Stearsby 7 Graham Bradley Jenny Pitman
1987 Against the Grain 6 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1988 Delius 10 Bruce Dowling Richard Lee
1989 Swardean 7 Bruce Dowling Richard Lee
1990 Royal Athlete 7 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman
1991 Sparkling Flame 7 Richard Dunwoody Nicky Henderson
1992 Bradbury Star 7 Eamon Murphy Josh Gifford
1993 Cab on Target 7 Peter Niven Mary Reveley
1994 Monsieur Le Cure 8 Peter Niven John Edwards
1995 Banjo 5 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1996 Addington Boy 8 Brian Harding Gordon W. Richards
1997 Cyborgo 7 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1998 Boss Doyle 6 Tony McCoy Mouse Morris
1999 Spendid 7 Richard Johnson David Nicholson
2000 High Game 6 Norman Williamson Simon Sherwood
2001 What's Up Boys 7 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2002 Barton 9 Tony Dobbin Tim Easterby
2003 Irish Hussar 7 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2004 Simply Supreme 7 Richard McGrath Sue Smith
2005 Like-A-Butterfly 11 Tony McCoy Christy Roche
2006 Star de Mohaison 5 Barry Geraghty Paul Nicholls
2007 Aces Four 8 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2008 Big Buck's 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 Killyglen 7 Denis O'Regan Howard Johnson
2010 Burton Port 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Quito De La Roque 7 Davy Russell Colm Murphy
2012 Silviniaco Conti 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2013 Dynaste 7 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2014 Holywell 7 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2015 Saphir Du Rheu 6 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2016 Native River 6 Richard Johnson Colin Tizzard
2017 Might Bite 8 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson

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