JLT Novices' Chase Tips & Picks

One of the newer races added to Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival, the JLT Novices’ Chase (Golden Millers Novices’ Chase) is an exciting contest for the novice chasers. 

It has been the starting ground for the likes of Vautour and Yorkhill, which shows how important it is to have the JLT Novices’ Chase on the Cheltenham schedule. 

Markets are wide open for the novices’ chase and bettors love getting stuck into this race.

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JLT Novices' Chase Key Facts


DateThursday March 13, 2020
Time1:30pm
TrackCheltenham
Distance4,023m
StatusGrade 1
Prize Money£130,000
Age5YO+

JLT Novices’ Chase Date & Time 2020


The JLT Novices’ Chase is the first race run on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Friday March 13, 2020 and the official starting time is 1:30pm. 

It kicks off a card which also includes the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase and Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle. 

1:30 – JLT Novices Chase 
2:10 – Pertemps Final Hurdle 
2:50 – Ryanair Chase 
3:30 – Stayers Hurdle 
4:10 – Browns Advisory Plate 
4:50 – Mares Novices Hurdle 
5:30 – Kim Muir Chase Cup

JLT Novices’ Chase 2020 Betting Tips



2020 JLT Novices’ Chase odds & field


#
Horse
Odds
1Capeland21.00
2Defi Du Seuil3.60
3Kildisart8.00
4Lostintranslation4.00
5Mengli Khan13.00
6Real Steel6.00
7Vinndication7.50
8Voix Du Reve9.50
9Castafiore17.00
10Pravalaguna11.00

JLT Novices’ Chase winners


The JLT Novices’ Chase has only been running for eight years but there have already been some champion winners and it’s proving to be a great form guide for future Cheltenham festivals. 

Vautour and Yorkhill were popular winners for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh, who both scored three consecutive wins from 2015-2017.

Year
Winner
2019Defi Du Seuil
2018Shattered Love
2017Yorkhill
2016Black Hercules
2015Vautour
2014Taquin du Seuil
2013Benefficient
2012Sir Des Champs
2011Noble Prince

JLT Novices’ Chase history


The first JLT Novices’ Chase was held in 2011 when it was taken out by Noble Prince for trainer Paul Nolan and jockey AP McCoy, who would later score his second win in the JLT Novices’ Chase aboard Taquin du Seuil. 

With 17 fences to jump throughout the 4,023m journey, the winners have to be tough and although it’s a novices’ chase, the quality is on show. 

2015 winner Vautour would later win the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham and bettors are finding that the form out of the JLT Novices’ Chase stacks up nicely in the following years. 

The JLT Novices’ Chase has largely been dominated by Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Mullins has trained four winners (Sir Des Champs, Vautour, Black Hercules and Yorkhill), with Ruby Walsh riding all except Sir Des Champs in 2012 when Davy Russell was on board. 

All eight winners to date have either been aged six or seven, with six of the eight winners being a seven-year-old. 

The JLT Novices’ Chase was upgraded to Grade 1 status in 2014 when Taquin du Seuil was victorious. 

It is listed as the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase but has always raced under its sponsorship name, which included the Jewson Novices’ Chase.

2019 JLT Novices’ Chase replay


The 2019 JLT Novices’ Chase was taken out by Defi Du Seuil in a gallant display of jumping.

Defi Du Seuil
Barry Geraghty rides Defi Du Seuil to victory for the JLT Novices' Chase. (Getty Images)