JNwine.com Champion Chase
|Grade 1 race|
|JNwine.com Champion Chase|
|Location||Down Royal, Co. Down|
|Distance||3 miles (4,828 metres)|
|Qualification||Five-years-old and up|
|Weight||11 st 8 lb (5yo);|
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
5 lb for mares
The JNwine.com Champion Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Down Royal over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres), and during its running there are fifteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in early November.
The event was established in 1999, and it was initially contested over 3 miles and 1 furlong. It was cut to its present distance in 2000, and it was given Grade 1 status in 2002.
The JNwine.com Champion Chase is now the first Grade 1 event of the Irish National Hunt season. It has been sponsored by JNwine.com (James Nicholson Wine Merchant) throughout its history.
Most successful horse (2 wins):
- Beef or Salmon – 2004, 2006
Leading jockey (2 wins):
- Conor O'Dwyer – More Than a Stroll (2002), Glenelly Gale (2003)
- Andrew J. McNamara – Beef or Salmon (2006), The Listener (2009)
- Ruby Walsh – Taranis (2007), Kauto Star (2008)
Leading trainer (2 wins):
- Arthur Moore – More Than a Stroll (2002), Glenelly Gale (2003)
- Michael Hourigan – Beef or Salmon (2004, 2006)
- Paul Nicholls – Taranis (2007), Kauto Star (2008)
|1999||Florida Pearl||7||Paul Carberry||Willie Mullins|
|2000||Looks Like Trouble||8||Richard Johnson||Noel Chance|
|2001||Foxchapel King||8||David Casey||Mouse Morris|
|2002||More Than a Stroll||10||Conor O'Dwyer||Arthur Moore|
|2003||Glenelly Gale||9||Conor O'Dwyer||Arthur Moore|
|2004||Beef or Salmon||8||Timmy Murphy||Michael Hourigan|
|no race 2005 |
|2006||Beef or Salmon||10||Andrew J. McNamara||Michael Hourigan|
|2007||Taranis||6||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2008||Kauto Star||8||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2009||The Listener||10||Andrew J. McNamara||Nick Mitchell|
- ↑ "Racing abandoned in bomb threat". bbc.co.uk. November 5, 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4410158.stm. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
- guardian.co.uk – "Kauto Star strides to victory in jnwine.com Champion Chase" (2008).
- pedigreequery.com – James Nicholson Wine Merchant Champion Chase – Down Royal.