Wayward Lad Novices' Chase

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Wayward Lad Novices' Chase
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The Wayward Lad Novices' Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Kempton Park over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are twelve fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late December during the course's Winter Festival.

The event is named in honour of Wayward Lad, a winner of Kempton's most prestigious race, the King George VI Chase, three times during the 1980s. The earliest version of the race was contested over 2½ miles, and this was extended by 110 yards in 1992. The race was absent from the National Hunt calendar in 1999, but it returned the following year with a new distance of 2 miles. It was subsequently promoted to Grade 2 status, and it was first run at this level in 2005. From 2009 to 2015 it was sponsored by William Hill and titled the Williamhill.com Novices' Chase. Since 2016 it has been sponsored by 32Red.

Winners since 1988[edit]

1988 Star's Delight 6 Hywel Davies Ron Hodges
1989 Celtic Shot 7 Peter Scudamore Charlie Brooks
1990 Remittance Man 6 Richard Dunwoody Nicky Henderson
1991 Poetic Gem 6 Mark Perrett Sue Smith
1992 Dusty Miller 6 Mark Richards Simon Sherwood
1993 Bas de Laine 7 Mark Richards Oliver Sherwood
1994 High Baron 7 Richard Dunwoody Robert Alner
1995 no race 1995
1996 Greenback 5 Norman Williamson Philip Hobbs
1997 Angelo's Double 9 Brendan Powell Bob Buckler
1998 Hoh Express 6 Andrew Thornton Paul Webber
1999 no race 1999
2000 Dusk Duel 5 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2001 Fondmort 5 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2002 Epervier d'Or 4 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2003 Caracciola 6 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2004 no race 2004 [1]
2005 Hoo La Baloo [2] 4 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2006 Jack the Giant 4 Tom Doyle Nicky Henderson
2007 Mahogany Blaze 5 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2008 Original 6 James Davies Marcel Rolland
2009 Riverside Theatre 5 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2004 no race 2010 [3]
2011 Sprinter Sacre 5 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Simonsig 6 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2013 Dodging Bullets 5 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls
2014 Vibrato Valtat 5 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls
2015 Ar Mad 5 Josh Moore Gary Moore
2016 Altior 6 Noel Fehily Nicky Henderson

1 The 2004 running was abandoned because of frost.
2 The race was switched to Sandown Park in 2005 as Kempton was closed for redevelopment.
3 The 2010 running was abandoned because of frost.

See also[edit]