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Ryanair Novice Chase

Grade 1 race
Ryanair Novice Chase
Location Punchestown
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Chase
Sponsor Ryanair
Website Punchestown
Race information
Distance 2 miles (3,219 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 5 lb (5yo);
11 st 12 lb (6yo+)
5 lb for mares
Purse 90,000 (2010)
1st: €55,800

The Ryanair 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 Punchestown over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are eleven fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May.

During the 1990s the event was sponsored by the Bank of Ireland and Tripleprint. It was promoted to Grade 1 status in 1998, and its sponsorship was taken over by Swordlestown Stud in 2000. The present sponsor, Ryanair, began supporting the race in 2010.

The field usually includes horses which ran previously in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham, and the last to win both races was Moscow Flyer in 2002.



Leading jockey since 1992 (2 wins):

  • Conor O'Dwyer – Strong Platinum (1995), War of Attrition (2005)
  • David Casey – Alcapone (2001), Barker (2009)
  • John Cullen – Say Again (2004), Accordion Etoile (2006)

Leading trainer since 1992 (2 wins):

  • Jessica Harrington – Oh So Grumpy (1994), Moscow Flyer (2002)
  • Paul Nolan – Say Again (2004), Accordion Etoile (2006)

Winners since 1992






1992 Classical Charm 9 Ken Morgan Al O'Connell
1993 Viking Flagship 6 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
1994 Oh So Grumpy 6 Jamie Osborne Jessica Harrington
1995 Strong Platinum 7 Conor O'Dwyer Paddy Burke
1996 Ventana Canyon 7 Richard Dunwoody Edward O'Grady
1997 Jeffell 7 Francis Woods Arthur Moore
1998 Direct Route 7 Paul Carberry Howard Johnson
1999 Sydney Twothousand 9 Norman Williamson Noel Meade
2000 Tiutchev 7 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
2001 Alcapone [1] 7 David Casey Mouse Morris
2002 Moscow Flyer 8 Barry Geraghty Jessica Harrington
2003 Le Roi Miguel 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Say Again 8 John Cullen Paul Nolan
2005 War of Attrition 6 Conor O'Dwyer Mouse Morris
2006 Accordion Etoile 7 John Cullen Paul Nolan
2007 Another Promise 8 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2008 Big Zeb 7 Barry Geraghty Colm Murphy
2009 Barker 8 David Casey Willie Mullins
2010 Captain Cee Bee 9 Tony McCoy Eddie Harty

1 The 2001 running took place at Fairyhouse.

See also



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