by Paul Jones
13:30 Cheltenham Thu 15 March
Jewson Novices' Chase (Registered As The Golden Miller Novices' Chase) (Grade 2) (Class 1) (5YO plus)
Winner £51,255 - 10 ran
Last year’s race
- Winner: Noble Prince
- Jockey: Tony McCoy
- Trainer: Paul Nolan
- Owner: D P Sharkey
- Age: 7 Weight: 11st 4lb
- Starting Price: 4/1
- Season Form Figures: 122
- Previous Best: 2nd - Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase, Leopardstown
This Grade 2 contest should not be confused with the Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase (which was formerly known as ‘The Jewson’); last year was its first airing at the Festival and - just for reference – it is registered as the Golden Miller Chase.
Therefore there might be just the one year to work off but it is worth a mention that the winner, runner-up and fourth all ran well in a handicap hurdle at the previous season’s Cheltenham Festival; Noble Prince was fifth in the County Hurdle, Wishfull Thinking fell two out when bang in contention in the Coral Cup and Radium was second in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle.
The winner, runner-up and fourth all ran well in a handicap hurdle at the previous season’s Cheltenham Festival.
Four of the 11 horses that faced the starter for the inaugural running finished first or second last time out including the 1-2 which was far from unexpected given that only three horses have failed to finish in the first two on their final start before they won either of the other big novice chases at the Festival (Arkle and RSA) in the last combined 49 runnings of those two Grade 1 races.
Maybe look to pattern-race winners over hurdles given that eight of the last ten combined winners of the Arkle and RSA Chase had achieved this feat.
Sticking with the Arkle Trophy and RSA Chase as guides that might point us in the right direction, we have had 42 combined runnings of those novice chases since 1988 and only one of those went to a horse older than eight. Throw in the six runnings of the Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase as well and that makes it 1-50 for horses aged 8+ in novice chases at the Festival up to three miles.
At a glance summary
- Ran well at last season’s Cheltenham Festival
- Pattern-race winner over hurdles
- Failed to finish in the first two last time out
- Aged 9+
|2011||Noble Prince||Paul Nolan||A P McCoy||7 11-4||4/1|