Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase

Date Time Class Distance
Tue 10th March 2020 16:50 Grade 2 2m 4f 110y

Novices’ Handicap Chase Results

Pos Dist Horse Jockey Trainer Age Wgt
1st Imperial Aura David Bass K C Bailey
2nd 3.25 Galvin D N Russell G Elliott
3rd 9 Hold The Note J J Burke M R Channon
4th 0.5 Whatmore T J O'Brien H D Daly
5th 0.5 Beakstown Harry Skelton D Skelton
6th 4.75 Mitchouka D J McInerney Gearoid O'loughlin
7th 3 Highest Sun R M Power C L Tizzard
8th shd Champagne Court Nick Scholfield J Scott
9th 1.5 Daly Tiger S W Flanagan N Meade
10th 2.75 Torpillo D A Jacob N A Twiston-Davies
11th 11 Earlofthecotswolds Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies
12th 3.5 Paint The Dream Jack Tudor F O'Brien
13th 29 Trainwreck Rachael Blackmore H de Bromhead
- - Precious Cargo Nico de Boinville N J Henderson    
- - Jarveys Plate P J Brennan F O'Brien    
- - Mellow Ben Unknown Unknown    
- - Knight In Dubai Conor Shoemark D Skelton    
- - Lord Schnitzel B J Cooper Matthew J Smith    
- - Espoir De Guye Charlie Deutsch Miss V Williams    
- - Champagne Mystery J McGrath N J Henderson    
- - De Plotting Shed T Scudamore Suzi Best    
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About the Novices’ Handicap Chase

The Novices’ Handicap Chase is a Listed handicap steeplechase run on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. Covering a distance of 2 miles 4½ furlongs, the race features 16 fences. Entry is restricted to 5-year-old racehorses with a handicap below 140.

Given the restrictions on racehorse quality and the handicap, the Novices’ Handicap Chase doesn’t match the prestige of the other races on Cheltenham’s Day One card. Nevertheless, a win in the race will typically be the crowning achievement of the winner’s career.

Betting on the Novices’ Handicap Chase

The Novices Handicap Chase is easily the most open race on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. The prices for the field are speculative at best, and picking a winner will require a thorough assessment of each horse in the race, looking for matches to race distance under similar handicaps, as well as how recent form will have impacted the handicaps.

Keep in mind that some trainers will have run their horses to perform poorly in races in the lead-up to the Novices’ Handicap Chase in order to push down the handicap for their Cheltenham run. So look out for horses recently run outside their favoured race distance, who have previously performed well over 20 furlongs under similar weights to what they’ll carry at Cheltenham.

Novices’ Handicap Chase Past Winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2019 A Plus Tard 5 11-07 Rachael Blackmore Henry de Bromhead
2018 Mister Whitaker 6 11-02 Brian Hughes Mick Channon
2017 Tully East 7 11-08 Denis O'Regan Alan Fleming
2016 Ballyalton 9 11-10 Brian Hughes Ian Williams
2015 Irish Cavalier 6 11-07 Paul Townend Rebecca Curtis

More past winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2014 Present View 6 11-07 Brendan Powell jnr Jamie Snowden
2013 Rajdhani Express 6 11-12 Sam Waley-Cohen[a] Nicky Henderson
2012 Hunt Ball 7 12-00 Nick Scholfield Keiran Burke
2011 Divers 7 11-04 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2010 Copper Bleu 8 11-01 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2009 Chapoturgeon 5 10-11 Timmy Murphy Paul Nicholls
2008 Finger Onthe Pulse 7 10-12 Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe
2007 L'Antartique 7 10-11 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2006 Reveillez 7 10-11 Tony McCoy James Fanshawe
2005 King Harald 7 10-04 Mattie Batchelor Mark Bradstock

 

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