Novices Steeplechase 2021

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When is The Novices Steeplechase 2021?

The Novices Steeplechase is on day 3 of the  November Meeting at Cheltenham.  The race is run under the name of Novices Chase. 

It takes place on Sunday 14th November 2021 with the race starting at 1.15pm at Cheltenham Racecourse.

At 3 mile and 1/2 furlong, this Class 2 race is open to horses aged years and older.

Last year's winner took home prize money of £12512.



Novices Steeplechase Previous Winners

DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORNC(F)Days
Cheltenham3m1fGood To Soft481/711-500(0)18d
Cheltenham3m½fGood To Soft6616/111-81412(1)22d
Cheltenham3m½fGood To Soft664/110-1302(1)21d
Cheltenham3m½fGood To Soft869/411-400(0)13d
Cheltenham3m½fGood To Soft7612/111-800(0)19d
Cheltenham3m½fGood To Firm4610/1111-51190(0)15d
Cheltenham3m½fGood To Soft977/411-000(0)20d
Cheltenham3m½fGood To Soft56100/3011-81330(0)14d


Novices Steeplechase Stats and Trends

3m Novices Steeplechase

12 year Trends and Statistics

  • Age – All f the last 12 winners were aged between 5 and 8.
  • Sex – All of the last 12 winners were geldings.
  • Country – 6 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland, 4 in France and 3 in Great Britain.
  • Colour – 9 of the last 12 winners were bay (b).
  • Starting Price (SP) – 3 of the last 12 winners had 4/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – 5 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 11 were in the first 3 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 11 of the last 12 winners wore no headgear. 
  • Weight Carried – 10 of the last 12 winners carried between 10st 13lb and 11st 5lb.
  • Days Since Last Run – 4 of the last 12 winners had run between 21 and 25 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form – 5 of the last 12 winners had won last time out, 8 of them finished in the first 3 last time.

Novices Steeplechase Results Novices Chase (GBB Race)
Distance: 3m1f (5360 yards +88 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £12512 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 5    Going: Soft    Class: Class 2     Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 51.85s   Avg OR: 141     Median OR: 140

1st The Big Breakaway (IRE) 4/9 (fav)
2nd Doc Penfro (12/1)
3rd The Butcher Said (IRE) 8/1

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
61stThe Big Breakaway (IRE)511-0144Tizzard, C LPower, R M4/9 (Fav)1.521.33
tracked leader, led 8th, headed and briefly raced lazily before 12th, soon led again, readily drew clear flat BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 2.28
52nd10Doc Penfro811-0136Lavelle, Miss E CColeman, A12/115.084.30
chased leaders, went 2nd 14th, shaken up before 2 out, no impression on winner flat BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
23rd10The Butcher Said (IRE)711-8Hood TT139Murphy, OllyHeskin, A P8/110.503.01
held up in last, mistake 15th, headway on outside when not fluent 3 out, disputing 2 lengths 2nd when pitched on landing 2 out, beaten after, 3rd and no impression when jumped right last BF IP MIN 1.7 BF IP MAX 1000
44th36Wolf Of Windlesham (IRE)811-5140Edmunds, StuartOBrien, T J12/113.603.75
chased leaders, mistake 5th, went 2nd briefly 10th, not fluent 13th, weakened after 3 out, blundered badly 2 out BF IP MIN 13.5 BF IP MAX 1000
1PUSoldier Of Love711-8CkPc TT144Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry13/27.812.34
led, mistake 3rd, headed 8th, led before 12th, soon headed, mistake 14th, disputing 2nd when not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000 Novices Chase
Distance: 3m½f (5360 yards +76 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £15640 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 7    Going: Soft    Class: Class 2     Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 38.90s   Avg OR: 138     Median OR: 138

1 Wholestone 13/8 (Fav)
2 Rockpoint 15/2
3 Redzor 14/1

7 ran  Distances: 1.75, 3.5,
Time: 6m 38.90s

Full Results

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
31stWholestone (IRE)811-5CkPc151Twiston-Davies, N AJacob, Daryl13/8 (Fav)2.741.91
tracked leaders on inside, poised to challenge after 3 out (usual 4 out), challenged between front pair turning in, soon led, clear last, ridden and idled briefly flat, kept on BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 3.1
72nd1.75Rockpoint611-0133Tizzard, C LPower, R M15/29.003.88
prominent on outside, lost ground 3 out (usual 4 out), soon pushed along, rallied after 2 out, ridden and stayed on to chase winner flat, always held BF IP MIN 4.1 BF IP MAX 1000
23rd3.5Redzor (IRE)611-5TT135Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry14/118.386.60
with leader, ridden and every chance turning in, one pace between last 2, no extra in 3rd flat BF IP MIN 6 BF IP MAX 1000
54th1Aye Aye Charlie711-0135OBrien, FergalBrennan, P J5/17.042.94
held up in touch in rear, tracked leaders 11th, blundered 3 out (usual 4 out), soon outpaced and ridden, hit last, kept on flat, no impression BF IP MIN 3.05 BF IP MAX 1000
15th29Poker Play (FR)611-5CkPc138Pipe, D EScudamore, Tom11/27.823.30
made most, not fluent 14th, driven and headed turning in, ridden between last 2, weakened after last BF IP MIN 3.25 BF IP MAX 1000
4PUAaron Lad (IRE)811-0139Newland, Dr R D PHammond, Charlie40/155.0016.00
in touch on outside, lost place 11th, soon behind, no danger after, tailed off when pulled up on long run before 2 out BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000
6PUMinella Warrior (IRE)711-0TT138Bailey, K CBass, David9/25.702.71
tracked leaders, mistake 7th, lost place 9th, behind when blundered next, pulled up before 11th BF IP MIN 5.5 BF IP MAX 1000

Novices Steeplechase Tips

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No market formed at time of writing but I expect these four box tickers to be fighting out the finish; SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, THE BUTCHER SAID, THE MIGHTY DAN and WOLF OF WINDLESHAM.

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Keith's Tip on the day:

This race was not shown on ITV so no tip from Keith.

THE BUTCHER SAID and WOLF OF WINDLESHAM were 3td and 4th well strung out behind the easy winner THE BIG BREAKAWAY.

November Meeting Race Card:

Friday 12th November

1.15Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle Race
1.50Mucking Brilliant Paddy Power Handicap Chase
2.25The SSS Novices' Chase
3.00Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase
3.35Ballymore Novices' Hurdle
4.05Valda Energy Novices' Handicap Hurdle

Saturday 13th November

12.30JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial
1.05November Amateur Jockeys' Handicap Steeple Chase
1.40Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial
2.15Paddy Power Gold Cup Steeple Chase
2.50Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle
3.25Intermediate Handicap Hurdle
3.55Karndean Design Flooring Mares' Bumper (Listed)

Sunday 14th November Novices' Steeple Chase
1.50The Plantuer at Chapel Stud Handicap Steeple Chase
2.25The Shloer Steeplechase
3.00The Unibet Greatwood Hurdle Race
3.35Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Sharp Novices Hurdle)
4.05High Sheriff of Gloucestershire Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

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