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Lightning Novices' Chase

The Lightning 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 Doncaster over a distance of about 2 miles and 110 yards (3,319 metres), and during its running there are twelve fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late January or early February.

The event was formerly held at Ascot, and it used to be contested over 2 miles. It was switched to alternative venues for a three-year period beginning in 2005, and it returned to Ascot with a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong in 2008. The race was transferred to Doncaster in 2010, and at the same time its length was cut by 110 yards.

Winners since 1988






1988 Saffron Lord 6 Richard Rowe Josh Gifford
1989 Sabin du Loir 10 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1990 Cashew King 7 Trevor Wall Bryan McMahon
1991 Uncle Ernie 6 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1992 Deep Sensation 7 Declan Murphy Josh Gifford
1993 Valiant Boy 7 Russ Garritty Steve Kettlewell
1994 no race 1994
1995 Gales Cavalier 7 Mark Dwyer David Gandolfo
1996 Certainly Strong 6 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson
1997 no race 1997
1998 Wade Road 7 Jason Titley Henrietta Knight
1999 no race 1999
2000 Bellator 7 Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
2001 Exit to Wave 5 Norman Williamson Paul Nicholls
2002 Il'Athou 6 Henry Oliver Simon Sherwood
2003 no race 2003 [1]
2004 Bal de Nuit 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2005 My Will [2] 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2006 Foreman [2] 8 Tony McCoy Thierry Doumen
2007 Another Promise [2] 8 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2008 Wee Robbie 8 Noel Fehily Nick Gifford
2009 Panjo Bere 6 Jamie Moore Gary L. Moore
2010 Woolcombe Folly 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls

1 The 2003 running was abandoned because of frost and snow.
2 The race was run at Uttoxeter in 2005, Lingfield Park in 2006, and Huntingdon in 2007.


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