- 1:30 Supreme Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 Arkle Chase
- 2:50 Ultima Handicap Chase
- 3:30 Champion Hurdle
- 4:10 Mares Hurdle
- 4:50 National Hunt Chase Cup
- 5:30 Close Brothers Novices Chase
- 1:30 Ballymore Novices Hurdle
- 2:10 RSA Chase
- 2:50 Coral Cup
- 3:30 Queen Mthr Champion Chase
- 4:10 Cross Country Chase
- 4:50 Fred Winter H'Cap Hurdle
- 5:30 Champion Bumper
- 1:30 JLT Novices Chase
- 2:10 Pertemps Final Hurdle
- 2:50 Ryanair Chase
- 3:30 Stayers Hurdle
- 4:10 Brown Advisory Plate
- 4:50 Mares Novices Hurdle
- 5:30 Kim Muir Chase Cup
JLT Novices Chase Tips - 1.30pm Cheltenham
2019 PREVIEW DUE by MARCH 5th-10th
We have only had seven renewals of the JLT Chase but already we are seeing a pattern, the Irish have won all but one of them and trainer Willie Mullins has won the race four times already including the last three with Vautour, Black Hercules and Yorkhill.
This year Mullins has a couple of interesting runners but neither are the ‘good things’ we are accustomed too in the opening race on day two. Invitation Only is owned by the Wiley’s who lifted the trophy in 2016 and 2017 and he kicked off his chasing campaign with a fall at Punchestown.
He won his next two starts including a Grade 3 contest and then was fancied for the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown. The 7yo ran a fine race to finish 3rd behind Monalee in a driving finish and certainly lost nothing in defeat. He’s a lightly raced sort and could have a lot of improvement in him still.
Mullins second string is Kemboy, he reached a decent mark of 144 over hurdles and looks an even better chaser judged on his two outings so far. He was second to Sutton Place on his debut and then went one better at Fairyhouse when winning by 6 lengths from C'est Jersey.
Shattered Love is another promising Irish raider but this time from the Gordon Elliott yard, he's won four of his five races over fences including a Grade 1 contest at Leopardstown last time out over three miles. He drops back in trip here but is a very versatile young chaser.
Gary Moore has had some useful chasers in his time and Benatar could be the next one. He only ran four times over hurdles, as this game was always the aim. He started off at Ascot in November where he bolted up showing a lovely turn of foot from two out and caught the opposition napping.
He then went to Plumpton to win a small race and the object there was to make him eligible for the bonus prize which the Sussex track put up each year for any horse going on to follow up at the Festival. He won by 9 lengths in a messy race but got the job done. He then went back to Ascot where he outpointed Finian’s Oscar in a photo and could be a danger to all if able to settle early on.
Finian’s Oscar himself has been a big disappointment this season despite winning two of his four starts over fences. To me he hasn’t looked a natural over the bigger obstacles and switching him back to hurdles last time told its own story. He pulled up that day and in a first time tongue-tie and he will probably come here now.
Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Suede have a good team assembled this season and could have Terrefort lined up for this contest. With their star chaser Footpad likely to go for the Arkle the way is clear for the Nicky Henderson trained 5yo to run here.
He came over from France at the end of last year having had plenty of chasing experience already; he actually had six starts as a 4yo. He made his debut for the yard at Huntingdon in January and won by an easy 10 lengths from Bentelimar. It was so impressive he was pitched into a Grade 1 contest next time out at Sandown.
Paul Nicholls has Modus entered for JP McManus, he won his first two chases without much fuss and then next time out was a faller at Exeter in bad ground. He could bounce back for a better surface but will need to improve on what we have seen so far.
Young trainer Harry Whittington saddles Bigmartre, the 7yo has won twice from his five starts over fences including an impressive victory over Cyrname at newbury in December. Last time out he tacked a handicap at Doncaster and was just touched off by Duke Of Navan. That was a very good effort and could well at a decent price.
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JLT Novices Chase Runners
JLT Novices Chase Trends
|7/7 Winners||Aged 7 years old or less|
|7/7 Winners||Had won at Listed level or higher over hurdles|
|7/7 Winners||Had ran at the Cheltenham Festival previously|
|7/7 Winners||Had already won over a trip of 2m4f|
|7/7 Winners||Last ran between 30 and 60 days ago|
|5/7 Favourites||Did not win the race|
|6/7 Winners||Were trained in Ireland|
|6/7 Winners||Were in the first 4 of the betting|
|5/7 Winners||Had won a Grade 1 or Grade 2 race|
|6/7 Winners||Were either Irish or French Bred|
JLT Novices Chase Previous Winners
|2018||Shattered Love||7||Jack Kennedy||Gordon Elliott||4/1|
|2017||Yorkhill||7||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||6/4|
|2016||Black Hercules||7||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||4/1|
|2015||Vautour||6||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins||6/4|
|2014||Taquin du Seuil||7||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill||7/1|
|2013||Benefficient||7||Bryan Cooper||Tony Martin||20/1|
|2012||Sir Des Champs||6||Davy Russell||Willie Mullins||3/1|
|2011||Noble Prince||7||Tony McCoy||Paul Nolan||4/1|