JLT Novices Chase

The JLT Novices Chase is a championship race for novices over a distance of 2 and a half miles.

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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)
2013Benefficient7yoA J MartinB Cooper20/1
2012Sir Des Champs6yoW MullinsD Russell3/1
2011Noble Prince7yoP NolanAP McCoy4/1

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. Two of the three winners had this new race outlined as their target from an early stage in the season.

JLT Novices Tips

This race has been awarded Grade One status for the first time this year and the JLT Novices Chase looks very likely to provide a race worthy of its new status.

There are seven or eight horses in the field who have the potential to go the very top but Paul Nicholls’ young chaser WONDERFUL CHARM is taken to win in an extremely competitive race.

The main English challengers have plenty of connected form with the stand out race being where Oscar Whisky just held off WONDERFUL CHARM over this trip in December. Nicky Henderson’s horse was receiving eight pounds from WONDERFUL CHARM that day and the Nicholls horse will surely be better suited to the likely strong pace that he will get in this race.

I was lucky enough to be at Wincanton in November when WONDERFUL CHARM beat Fox Appeal and having backed the second horse I was convinced I had backed the winner when that horse kicked three lengths clear approaching the last fence. The way that WONDERFUL CHARM quickened up after the last fence to catch Emma Lavelle’s horse marked him down as a horse of huge potential and he appears to have all the necessary characteristics to win this race.

The race WONDERFUL CHARM won at Newbury has been won in previous years by Denman, Bob Worth and Dynaste and their must be every chance Paul Nicholls’ charge can make up into a horse of a similar level.

Paul Nicholls after WONDERFUL CHARM finished second at Cheltenham:

“To give 8lb to Oscar Whisky and come so close was an awesome performance.”

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