The JLT Novices Chase is a championship race for novices over a distance of 2 and a half miles on the new course. The race was first run in 2011 and the most successful trainer in the short history of this race is Willie Mullins with three winners.
JLT Novices Chase Winners
Table below shows the previous winners of this race, their age at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price)
|2017||Yorkhill||7yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||6/4F|
|2016||Black Hercules||7yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||4/1CF|
|2015||Vautour||6yo||W Mullins||R Walsh||6/4F|
|2014||Taquin Du Seuil||7yo||JJ O'Neill||AP McCoy||7/1|
|2013||Benefficient||7yo||A J Martin||B Cooper||20/1|
|2012||Sir Des Champs||6yo||W Mullins||D Russell||3/1|
|2011||Noble Prince||7yo||P Nolan||AP McCoy||4/1|
JLT Novices Chase Analysis
The introduction of this Championship Novice Chase at two and half miles has muddied the waters even further for ante-post punters but keeping an eye on the comments from the trainers concerned could help to narrow down a shortlist of horses who will have this race as their Festival target.
Finding a horse who definitely be heading to this race could ensure a healthy ante-post position as many of the favourites could end up heading to other races at the Festival.
OLBG blogger Robmull has written a blog on the JLT Novices Chase. His blog can be found here.
JLT Novices Chase Trends
The JLT Novices Chase is one of the newest formed races at the Cheltenham and as such the trends from past runnings are not quite as conclusive as they are for the more established races at the Festival.
However we can already draw some pretty strong conclusions from the limited evidence we have. It looks like you want to be backing a 6 or 7 year old, rated 146 or higher who has run this year and finished in the first 2 on the latest run. That might not leave you with the smallest short list but it should help narrow down the selection process.
|6/6||were aged 6 or 7|
|6/6||were off breaks of between 32-54 days|
|6/6||held OR's between 146-154 at the time of the race|
|6/6||ran in either a Grade 1 or 2 last time out|
|6/6||had previously won over 2m4f+|
|6/6||had 10+ career starts (4+ going left handed)|
|6/6||had previously run at Cheltenham|
|6/6||had previous won 2+ going left handed|
|6/6||ran in a field of 3-6 runners last time out at a left-handed track |
|6/6||made their debut in either France or Ireland|
|6/6||finished 1st or 2nd on their last completed start|
JLT Novices Chase Tips from OLBG Members on the Forum
OLBG member bigd11108
feels that Paul Nicholls can stop Willie Mullins registering a hat-trick of wins in the JLT:
POLITOLOGUE has been on many people's radars since his impressive start over fences at Haydock back in November and he has improved with every run since beaten only once by the well regarded Waiting Patiently back at Haydock in January. He was giving the Malcom Jefferson trained gelding 3lb that day and had to make the running himself which wouldn't of suited. The JLT at Cheltenham looks absolutely tailor made for this Paul Nicholls charge who will relish the step up in trip and stiffer test, he's sure to get a good tow into the race and can get the better of the Willie Mullins trained favourite Yorkhill.
See more latest news on the JLT Novices Chase here via the OLBG forum.
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