Ryanair Novice Chase

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Ryanair Novice Chase
Grade 1 race
Location Punchestown
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Ryanair
Website Punchestown
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 7 lb (5yo);
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
Purse 115,000 (2018)
1st: €67,850
Ryanair Novice Chase
Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green cap, emerald green spots Red, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, red stars Royal blue, emerald green triple diamond,royal blue cap, emerald green diamonds
Footpad Optimus Prime Asthuria

The Ryanair 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 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are eleven 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.

During the 1990s the event was sponsored by the Bank of Ireland and Tripleprint. It was promoted to Grade 1 status in 1998, and its sponsorship was taken over by Swordlestown Stud in 2000. The present sponsor, Ryanair, began supporting the race in 2010.

The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham, and the last to win both races was Footpad in 2018.


Leading jockey since 1992 (4 wins):

  • Barry GeraghtyMoscow Flyer (2002), Big Zeb (2008), Lucky William (2012), God's Own (2014)
  • Ruby Walsh - Le Roi Miguel (2003), Arvika Ligeonniere (2013), Un De Sceaux (2015), Douvan (2016)

Leading trainer since 1992 (6 wins):

  • Willie Mullins - Barker (2009), Arvika Ligeonniere (2013), Un de Sceaux (2015), Douvan (2016), Great Field (2017), Footpad (2018)

Winners since 1992[edit]

1992 Classical Charm 9 Ken Morgan Al O'Connell
1993 Viking Flagship 6 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1994 Oh So Grumpy 6 Jamie Osborne Jessica Harrington
1995 Strong Platinum 7 Conor O'Dwyer Paddy Burke
1996 Ventana Canyon 7 Richard Dunwoody Edward O'Grady
1997 Jeffell 7 Francis Woods Arthur Moore
1998 Direct Route 7 Paul Carberry Howard Johnson
1999 Sydney Twothousand 9 Norman Williamson Noel Meade
2000 Tiutchev 7 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2001 Alcapone [1] 7 David Casey Mouse Morris
2002 Moscow Flyer 8 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2003 Le Roi Miguel 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Say Again 8 John Cullen Paul Nolan
2005 War of Attrition 6 Conor O'Dwyer Mouse Morris
2006 Accordion Etoile 7 John Cullen Paul Nolan
2007 Another Promise 8 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2008 Big Zeb 7 Barry Geraghty Colm Murphy
2009 Barker 8 David Casey Willie Mullins
2010 Captain Cee Bee 9 Tony McCoy Eddie Harty
2011 Captain Chris 7 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2012 Lucky William 8 Barry Geraghty Thomas Cooper
2013 Arvika Ligeonniere 8 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2014 God's Own 6 Barry Geraghty Tom George
2015 Un de Sceaux 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2016 Douvan 6 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2017 Great Field 6 Jody McGarvey Willie Mullins
2018 Footpad 6 Daryl Jacob Willie Mullins

1 The 2001 running took place at Fairyhouse.

See also[edit]