Scilly Isles Novices' Chase

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Scilly Isles Novices' Chase
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The Scilly Isles Novices' Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of about 2 miles and 4½ furlongs (4,124 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 in late January or early February. It was sponsored by The Tote in 2011 and run as the Totepool Challengers Novices' Chase, and by Betfair in 2012 and run as the Betfair Novices' Chase. The 2013 running was sponsored by Betfred and run as the Betfred Mobile Lotto Challengers' Novice Chase. The race is still sponsored by Betfred and the Scilly Isles name was restored to the race title from 2014.

The race was first run in 1964 and takes its name from the Scilly Isles, Surrey, an area near to Sandown Park racecourse.

Prior to 1988 the distance of the race was 2 miles and 18 yards (3,235 metres).


1964 Buona Notte 7 Johnny Haine Bob Turnell
1965 The Braggart 7 Terry Biddlecombe Harry Thomson Jones
1966 Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course
1967 Bowgeeno 7 Jeff King Bob Turnell
1968 Aurelius 10 Stan Mellor Ken Cundell
1969 Abandoned because of snow
1970 Royal Relief 6 J Cook Edward Courage
1971 Black Magic 7 R Dennard Peter Cazalet
1972 Potentate 7 Doug Barrott Josh Gifford
1973 Killiney 7 Richard Pitman Fred Winter
1974 Even Up 7 Graham Thorner Mrs D Oughton
1975 Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course
1976 Skryne 6 Ron Barry P Bailey
1977 Flitgrove 6 Jeff King David Nicholson
1978 Space Project 8 R Hyett R Brown
1979 Abandoned because of frost
1980 Beacon Light 9 Andy Turnell Bob Turnell
1981 Clayside 7 Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1982 Sea Image 7 John Francome Fred Winter
1983 Kilbrittain Castle 7 Bill Smith Fulke Walwyn
1984 Norton Cross 6 Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1985 Karenomore 7 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1986 Berlin 7 Dermot Browne Nick Gaselee
1987 First Bout 6 Steve Smith Eccles Nicky Henderson
1988 Yeoman Broker 7 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford
1989 The Bakewell Boy 7 Jimmy Frost Richard Frost
1990 Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course
1991 Tildarg 7 Jamie Osborne Oliver Sherwood
1992 Bradbury Star 7 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford
1993 Young Hustler 6 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
1994 Baydon Star 7 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1995 Banjo 5 Adrian Maguire Martin Pipe
1996 Senor El Betrutti 7 Graham Bradley Susan Nock
1997 Stately Home 6 Norman Williamson Peter Bowen
1998 Jack Doyle 7 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
1999 Hoh Express 7 Jamie Osborne Paul Webber
2000 Upgrade 6 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2001 Best Mate 6 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight
2002 Golden Goal 6 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
2003 Tarxien 9 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
2004 Patricksnineteenth 7 Tom Doyle Paul Webber
2005 El Vaquero 7 Jim Culloty Henrietta Knight
2006 Napolitain 5 Tony McCoy Paul Nicholls
2007 New Little Bric 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Silverburn 7 Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls
2009 Herecomesthetruth 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2010 Punchestowns 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Medermit 7 Robert Thornton Alan King
2012 For Non Stop[1] 7 Noel Fehilly Nick Williams
2013 Captain Conan 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2014 Oscar Whisky 9 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2015 Gitane Du Berlais 5 Daryl Jacob Willie Mullins
2016 Bristol De Mai 5 Daryl Jacob Nigel Twiston-Davies
2017 Top Notch 6 Daryl Jacob Nicky Henderson

1 The 2012 running took place at Newbury.

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