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Future Champion Novices' Chase

Grade 2 race
Future Champion Novices' Chase
Location Ayr Racecourse
Ayr, Scotland
Race type Chase
Sponsor Scottish Sun
Website Ayr
Race information
Distance 2m 4f (4,023 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 0 lb
Allowances
7 lb for mares
Penalties for wins
7 lb for Class 1 or 2 chase *
4 lb for Class 3 chase *
* since April 25 last year
Purse £40,000 (2010)
1st: £22,804

The Future Champion Novices' Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Ayr, Scotland, over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs (4,023 metres), and during its running there are seventeen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

The event was formerly contested over 2 miles, and for a period it was known by various sponsored titles. It was renamed in 1988, and it was extended to its present distance and given Grade 1 status in 1991. It returned to its former length for a single running in 1995, and at this point it was relegated to Grade 2 level.

The Future Champion Novices' Chase is run at Ayr on the same afternoon as the Scottish Grand National. The winners Gingembre and Grey Abbey both subsequently achieved victory in the latter race.

Contents

Records

Leading jockey since 1968 (3 wins):

  • Ron Barry – The Benign Bishop (1973), Easby Abbey (1975), Little Bay (1981)
  • Jonjo O'NeillCrofton Hall (1977), King Weasel (1978), Night Nurse (1979)

Leading trainer since 1968 (5 wins):

  • Gordon W. RichardsCromwell Road (1976), Little Bay (1981), Noddy's Ryde (1984), Jim Thorpe (1988), Addington Boy (1996)

Winners since 1988

  • Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

1988 Jim Thorpe 7 Mark Dwyer Gordon W. Richards
1989 Southern Minstrel 6 Chris Grant Arthur Stephenson
1990 Celtic Shot 8 Graham McCourt Charlie Brooks
1991 High Knowl 8 Graham McCourt Martin Pipe
1992 The Illywhacker 7 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman
1993 Cab on Target 7 Peter Niven Mary Reveley
1994 See More Indians 7 Richard Dunwoody Paul Nicholls
1995 Dancing Paddy 7 Richard Dunwoody Ken Cunningham-Brown
1996 Addington Boy 8 Tony Dobbin Gordon W. Richards
1997 Sparky Gayle 7 Brian Storey Colin Parker
1998 Eirespray 7 Richard Guest Sue Smith
1999 Bouchasson 6 Mr Robert Widger Philip Hobbs
2000 Gingembre 6 Warren Marston Lavinia Taylor
2001 Grey Abbey 7 Brian Harding Barry Murtagh
2002 Valley Henry 7 Barry Geraghty Paul Nicholls
2003 Vol Solitaire 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Keltic Bard 7 Noel Fehily Charlie Mann
2005 Locksmith 5 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2006 Monet's Garden 8 Tony Dobbin Nicky Richards
2007 Natal [1] 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Starzaan 9 Robert Thornton Hughie Morrison
2009 Deep Purple 8 Paul Moloney Evan Williams
2010 French Opera 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson

1 Yes Sir finished first in 2007, but he was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance.

Earlier winners

  • 1968 – Certainement
  • 1969 – Chesapeake Bay
  • 1970 – Mischievous Monk
  • 1971 – Chorus
  • 1972 – Avondhu
  • 1973 – The Benign Bishop
  • 1974 – Winter Rain
  • 1975 – Easby Abbey
  • 1976 – Cromwell Road
  • 1977 – Crofton Hall
  • 1978 – King Weasel
  • 1980 – Don't Forget
  • 1981 – Little Bay
  • 1982 – Full Sutton
  • 1983 – Mountain Hays
  • 1984 – Noddy's Ryde
  • 1985 – Buck House
  • 1986 – Amber Rambler
  • 1987 – General Chandos


See also

References




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