JLT Novices’ Chase: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 1.30 at Cheltenham, 14th March 2019, Cheltenham Festival Day Three
A 2011 addition to Cheltenham’s big show was the JLT Novices’ Chase. Here we look at some of the best odds and offers available for this top class novice chase, and provide our betting tips for the race.
Held as the opening contest on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival, this Grade 1, 2m4f contest for novice chasers is restricted to runners aged five and older. 17 fences around the New Course lie between the contenders and £130,000 in total prize money.
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- 2018 – Shattered Love – jockey Jack Kennedy, trainer Gordon Elliott
- 2017 – Yorkhill – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2016 – Black Hercules – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2015 – Vautour – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2014 – Taquin du Seuil – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
- 2013 – Benefficient – jockey Bryan Cooper, trainer Tony Martin
- 2012 – Sir Des Champs – jockey Davy Russell, trainer Willie Mullins
- 2011 – Noble Prince – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Paul Nolan
JLT Novices’ Chase History
This race is one of the newest races to be added to the Cheltenham Festival offering, having first been added to proceedings in 2011. The race provides a festival option for the specialist 2m4f Novice Chasers in training.
This event is officially registered as The Golden Miller Novices’ Chase in honour of one of the most successful horses to ever appear at the festival. Up until the sixth consecutive win posted by Quevega in the 2014 edition of the Mares’ Hurdle, no horse had won the same festival race more than Golden Miller. That the race he won on five occasions was the Cheltenham Gold Cup itself, makes his achievement all the more remarkable. The Basil Briscoe trained bay further cemented his legendary status in 1934 when becoming the only horse to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in the same season.
Initially introduced as a Grade 2 contest, the race proved sufficiently high in quality that it was raised to Grade 1 level from its 2014 edition. 2014 also marked the year the race was first sponsored by insurance company JLT having previously been backed by Jewson. The status of the race was further enhanced in 2016 when it featured amongst the contests receiving a prize money boost from Cheltenham racecourse. An extra £10,000 was added to the coffers boosting the total on offer to £130,000.
The jockey to have ridden more jumps winners than any other in history was quick out of the blocks in this contest. Tony McCoy, now Sir A P McCoy, took the inaugural edition with Noble Prince before winning again in 2014 with Taquin du Seuil.
Trainer Willie Mullins wasn’t far behind McCoy, saddling Sir Des Champs to victory in 2012 and Vautour as part of his record breaking haul of winners in 2015. Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh teamed up for success in 2016 again in this race with Black Hercules.
Sir Des Champs went on to prove his quality when finishing second in the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup as well as winning the Hennessy Gold Cup and Punchestown Gold Cup.
It is Vautour though who was perhaps the most impressive of the early winners here. His 2015 performance was for many the standout display in a week filled with breath-taking performances. Jumping flawlessly throughout, he routed a good field by 15 lengths.
Not many five-year-olds were deemed ready to tackle this contest in its early days. Only three such horses went to post in the first five editions and all failed to place.
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh combined successfully in 2016 and 2017 with Black Hercules and Yorkhill taking the respective wins. Mullins now has four victories with Walsh having ridden three. Gordon Elliott trained his first winner of this one with Shattered Love in 2018 with Jack Kennedy in the saddle.