Future Champion Novices' Chase

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Future Champion Novices' Chase
Grade 2 race
Location Ayr Racecourse
Ayrshire, Scotland
Race type Steeplechase
SponsorJordan Electrics
Website Ayr
Race information
Distance2m 4½f (4,163 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFive-years-old and up
Weight11 st 0 lb
Allowances
7 lb for mares
Penalties for wins
5 lb for Class 1 wfa chase
3 lb for Class 2 wfa or Class 1 hcap chase
Purse £24,000 (2021)
1st: £13,855
Future Champion Novices' Chase
2021
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2019
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2017
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2015
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2014
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2012
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2011
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2005
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2003
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2002
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2001
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1999
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1998
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1997
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1996
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1995
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1994
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1993
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1992
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1991
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1990-1988
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1989
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1988
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The Future Champion Novices' Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Ayr, Scotland, over a distance of about 2 miles, 4 furlongs and 110 yards (4,163 metres), and during its running there are seventeen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

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The event was formerly contested over 2 miles, and for a period it was known by various sponsored titles. It was renamed in 1988, and it was extended to 2 miles 4 furlongs and given Grade 1 status in 1991. It returned to its former length for a single running in 1995, and at this point it was relegated to Grade 2 level.

The Future Champion Novices' Chase is run at Ayr on the same afternoon as the Scottish Grand National. The winners Gingembre and Grey Abbey both subsequently achieved victory in the latter race.

Records

Leading jockey since 1968 (3 wins):

Leading trainer since 1968 (7 wins):

Winners since 1971

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
1971Chorus10 Stan Mellor Harry Thomson Jones
1972Avondhu9P BroganP Chesmore
1973The Benign Bishop6 Ron Barry Ken Oliver
1974Winter Rain6 Michael Dickinson Tony Dickinson
1975Easby Abbey8 Ron Barry Peter Easterby
1976Cromwell Road6David Goulding Gordon W. Richards
1977Crofton Hall8 Jonjo O'Neill J Dixon
1978King Weasel6 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1979 Night Nurse 8 Jonjo O'Neill Peter Easterby
1980Don't Forget6Ridley LambArthur Stephenson
1981Little Bay6 Ron Barry Gordon W. Richards
1982Full Sutton9Bob DaviesDerek Kent
1983Mountain Hays8Alan Brown Peter Easterby
1984Noddy's Ryde7Neale Doughty Gordon W. Richards
1985Buck House7Tommy Carmody Mouse Morris (Ir)
1986Amber Rambler7S YouldenHarry Wharton
1987General Chandos6Johnny Bradburne [lower-alpha 1] Johnny Bradburne
1988 Jim Thorpe 7 Mark Dwyer Gordon W. Richards
1989 Southern Minstrel 6 Chris Grant Arthur Stephenson
1990 Celtic Shot 8 Graham McCourt Charlie Brooks
1991 High Knowl 8 Graham McCourt Martin Pipe
1992 The Illywhacker 7 Mark Pitman Jenny Pitman
1993 Cab on Target 7 Peter Niven Mary Reveley
1994 See More Indians 7 Richard Dunwoody Paul Nicholls
1995 Dancing Paddy 7 Richard Dunwoody Ken Cunningham-Brown
1996 Addington Boy 8 Tony Dobbin Gordon W. Richards
1997 Sparky Gayle 7 Brian Storey Colin Parker
1998 Eirespray 7 Richard Guest Sue Smith
1999 Bouchasson 6 Robert Widger [lower-alpha 1] Philip Hobbs
2000 Gingembre 6 Warren Marston Lavinia Taylor
2001 Grey Abbey 7 Brian Harding Barry Murtagh
2002 Valley Henry 7 Barry Geraghty Paul Nicholls
2003 Vol Solitaire 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Keltic Bard 7 Noel Fehily Charlie Mann
2005 Locksmith 5 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
2006 Monet's Garden 8 Tony Dobbin Nicky Richards
2007 Natal [lower-alpha 2] 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Starzaan 9 Robert Thornton Hughie Morrison
2009 Deep Purple 8 Paul Moloney Evan Williams
2010 French Opera 7 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2011 Gilbarry 6 Graham Lee Malcolm Jefferson
2012 Pacha du Polder 5 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2013 Rajdhani Express 6 Sam Waley-Cohen [lower-alpha 1] Nicky Henderson
2014 Eduard 6 Brian Harding Nicky Richards
2015 Top Gamble 7 Richard Johnson Richard Lee
2016Le Mercurey6 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2017 Cloudy Dream 7 Brian Hughes Malcolm Jefferson
2018Bigmartre7Harry BannisterHarry Whittington
2019Secret Investor7Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls
no race 2020 [lower-alpha 3]
2021Allmankind5Harry SkeltonDan Skelton
  1. 1 2 3 amateur jockey
  2. Yes Sir finished first in 2007, but he was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance
  3. The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom [1]

Earlier winners

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References

  1. "Coronavirus: Horse racing in Great Britain suspended until end of April". BBC Sport. 17 March 2020.