Towton Novices' Chase

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Towton Novices' Chase
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The Towton Novices' Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Wetherby over a distance of about 3 miles (3 miles and 45 yards, or 4,869 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 in late January or early February.

The event is named after the village of Towton, which is located several miles to the south of Wetherby. It was first run in 1996, and the inaugural winner, Mr Mulligan, went on to win the following year's Cheltenham Gold Cup.


1996 Mr Mulligan 8 Richard Johnson Noel Chance
1997 no race 1997
1998 Escartefigue 6 Richard Johnson David Nicholson
1999 Kadou Nonantais 6 Jamie Osborne Oliver Sherwood
2000 Arctic Camper 8 Adrian Maguire Venetia Williams
2001 no race 2001–02
2003 Keen Leader 7 Liam Cooper Jonjo O'Neill
2004 Royal Emperor 8 Dominic Elsworth Sue Smith
2005 Ollie Magern 7 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2006 Halcon Genelardais 6 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2007 Heltornic 7 Graham Lee Michael Scudamore
2008 no race 2008
2009 Kornati Kid 7 Tom O'Brien Philip Hobbs
2010 Weird Al 7 Paddy Brennan Ian Williams
2011 Wayward Prince 7 Dougie Costello Ian Williams
2012 no race 2012 [1]
2013 Goulanes 7 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
2014 Ely Brown 9 Noel Fehily Charlie Longsdon
2015 Ned Stark 7 Denis O'Regan Alan King
2016 Blaklion 7 Ryan Hatch Nigel Twiston-Davies
2017 Baywing 8 Ryan Day Nicky Richards
2018 Ballyoptic 9 Tom Bellamy Nigel Twiston-Davies

1 The 2012 running was abandoned due to frost.

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