JLT Novices Chase

The JLT Novices Chase, a Grade One contest, is the first race of the third day of the Cheltenham Festival. Horses aged five or older can enter, which is for novice chasers. It is run on the New Course and runners have to jump 17 fences.

The race was first run in 2011 and upgraded to become a Grade One race in 2014 and is officially called the Golden Miller Novices’ Chase, although it has always been run under a sponsored title.

1.30 JLT Novices Chase (ITV/RTV)

Type: Grade 1 Steeplechase Race

Distance: 2m 4f 

Age: 5 year olds +

Weight: 11st 3lb (5yo)  11st 4lb (6yo+)

Allowances: 7lb for fillies & mares.

Prize Fund: £150,000

2011-2018 Stats


  • Willie Mullins has won four of the eight runnings of this race


  • Won by 7yo six times


  • Won by two outright favourites and one co-favourite

Festival appearances:

  • All winners had previously taken part in hurdle races at the Festival

Form pointers:

  • Six winners had won their previous race, three their last two races
  • Six winners had previously won a Graded chase, six a Graded hurdle
  • Seven winners won over the distance
  • Seven winners had won two or more races
  • Four winners had won a race at Cheltenham

Racing Hub Shortlist

1 Defi Du Seuil, 2 Lostintranslation, 3 Camelia de Cotte