Jump to: navigation, search

JNwine.com Champion Chase

Grade 1 race
JNwine.com Champion Chase
Location Down Royal, Co. Down
Northern Ireland
Inaugurated 1999
Race type Chase
Sponsor JNwine.com
Website Down Royal
Race information
Distance 3 miles (4,828 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 8 lb (5yo);
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
5 lb for mares
Purse 140,000 (2009)
1st: €84,000

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):

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)

Leading trainer (2 wins):

  • Arthur Moore – More Than a Stroll (2002), Glenelly Gale (2003)
  • Michael Hourigan – Beef or Salmon (2004, 2006)







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
2005 no race 2005 [1]
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

1 The 2005 edition was abandoned after bomb warnings were telephoned to the racecourse. [1]


  • guardian.co.uk"Kauto Star strides to victory in jnwine.com Champion Chase" (2008).

See also


Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...