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Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase

The Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of about 2 miles and 5 furlongs (4,225 metres), and during its running there are fourteen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in February.

The first version of the race was established in 1989, and during its early years the event was known by various different titles. The present name (initially the "Dr P. J. Moriarty Memorial Novice Chase") was introduced in 1998, at which time the race was classed at Grade 2 level. It was promoted to Grade 1 status in 2002.

Winners of the event sometimes go on to compete in the RSA Chase in March. Two horses have achieved victory in both races – Florida Pearl (1998) and Cooldine (2009).



  • Most successful jockey
    • Kevin O'Brien, 3 wins (1991, 1994, 1995)
  • Most successful trainer







1989 Mirage Day 6 Mickey Flynn Michael Cunningham
1990 Cahervillahow 6 Charlie Swan Mouse Morris
1991 Firions Law 6 Kevin O'Brien Victor Bowens
1992 Mass Appeal 7 Charlie Swan Victor Bowens
1993 Flashing Steel 8 Richard Dunwoody John Mulhern
1994 Merry Gale 6 Kevin O'Brien Jim Dreaper
1995 Harcon 7 Kevin O'Brien Jim Dreaper
1996 Major Rumpus 8 Francis Woods Arthur Moore
1997 Dorans Pride 8 Shane Broderick Michael Hourigan
1998 Florida Pearl 6 Richard Dunwoody Willie Mullins
1999 Nick Dundee 7 Norman Williamson Edward O'Grady
2000 Native Upmanship 7 Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore
2001 Sackville 8 David Casey Frances Crowley
2002 Harbour Pilot 7 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2003 Barrow Drive 7 Jim Culloty Tony Mullins
2004 Pizarro 7 Barry Geraghty Edward O'Grady
2005 Carrigeen Victor 7 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington
2006 The Railway Man 7 Davy Russell Arthur Moore
2007 Mister Top Notch 8 Conor O'Dwyer Davy Fitzgerald
2008 J'y Vole 5 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2009 Cooldine 7 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2010 Citizen Vic 7 Paul Townend Willie Mullins


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