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December Novices' Chase

The December Novices' Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Lingfield Park over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres), and during its running there are eighteen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in December.

It is presently one of two National Hunt events run at Lingfield Park which have graded status. Both of these races, the December Novices' Chase and the Summit Junior Hurdle, are contested on the same day.

Winners since 1988






1988 Nick the Brief 6 T. Costello J. Costello
1989 no race 1989
1990 Sparkling Flame 6 John White Nicky Henderson
1991 River Bounty 5 Robbie Supple John Upson
1992 Midnight Caller 6 Mark Richards Simon Sherwood
1993 Martomick 6 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey
1994 no race 1994–95
1996 Foodbroker Star 6 Leighton Aspell Josh Gifford
1997 Fiddling the Facts 6 Norman Williamson Nicky Henderson
1998 Executive King 7 Andrew Thornton Geoff Hubbard
1999 Be My Mot 7 Jamie Goldstein Gardie Grissell
2000 no race 2000–02
2003 Lord Sam 7 Andrew Thornton Victor Dartnall
2004 L'Ami 5 Dean Gallagher François Doumen
2005 no race 2005–06 [1] [2]
2007 Verasi 6 Jamie Moore Gary L. Moore
2008 no race 2008 [2]
2009 Burton Port 5 Tony McCoy Nicky Henderson

1 The 2005 running was abandoned because of frost.
2 The 2006 and 2008 editions were abandoned due to waterlogging.


  • rte.ie"Lingfield abandoned due to frost" (2005).
  • rte.ie"Cheltenham and Lingfield abandoned" (2008).

See also


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