Dipper Novices’ Chase
The Grade 2 Dipper Novices Chase is also over two and a half miles and was held at Newcastle until being switched to Cheltenham in 2005.
This race is scheduled to take place each year in January.
The inaugural running was famously won by subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Little Owl in 1980.
Other significant winners include Barton (2002), My Way De Solzen (2007), Whisper (2017) and L’Homme Presse (2022). The latter returned to Cheltenham in March to win the Grade 1 Brown Advisory Novices Chase.
Find out more about the Dipper Novices’ Chase:
- 1 Race Overview – The Dipper Novices Chase
- 2 Dipper Novices’ Chase 2023 Odds
- 3 Dipper Novices’ Chase Tips
- 4 Dipper Novices’ Chase Previous Winners
- 5 Famous Dipper Novices Chase Winners
- 6 What Happened In The 2023 Dipper Novices’ Chase
- 7 Key Dipper Novices Chase Trials
- 8 Dipper Novices Chase Betting Trends
- 9 Dipper Novices Chase – Top Trainers and Jockeys
- 10 Betting on the Dipper Novices Chase
- 11 Summary of the Dipper Novices’ Chase
- 12 Other Popular Horse Races in January
- 13 Resources
Race Overview – The Dipper Novices Chase
Horses must be five years old or older to compete in the Grade 2 Dipper Novices’ Chase.
There are seventeen obstacles to be jumped during the race, which is run on the New Course at Cheltenham over a distance of around 2 miles and 412 furlongs (2 miles 4 furlongs and 127 yards or 4,175 metres).
The Novice Chasers’ race takes place on New Year’s Day each year.
Dipper Novices’ Chase 2023 Odds
The Dipper Novices’ Chase 2023 odds are below:
- The odds for this race have not yet been released.
Dipper Novices’ Chase Tips
Our Dipper Novices’ Chase tips are below:
- 2 points to win for TBC at odds of TBC
- 1 point each way for TBC at odds of TBC
There are horses from the Dipper Novices’ Chase that will also run in other races throughout the year so stay updated on them and place ante-post bets.
If you are looking for more tips for races taking place at Cheltenham Racecourse then check out our Cheltenham tip page.
Dipper Novices’ Chase Previous Winners
|1980||Little Owl||6||Jonjo O'Neill||Peter Easterby|
|1982||Rosewell Riever||9||D Nolan||Peter Monteith|
|1983||Lettoch||6||Graham Bradley||Michael Dickinson|
|1984||Jimbrook||7||Alan Brown||Peter Easterby|
|1986||Joint Sovereignty||6||Mark Dwyer||Jimmy FitzGerald|
|1987||Jim Thorpe||6||Phil Tuck||Gordon W. Richards|
|1988||Cool Strike||7||Brian Storey||George M. Moore|
|1989||Blazing Walker||5||Chris Grant||Arthur Stephenson|
|1991||Meritmoore||8||Jason Callaghan||George M. Moore|
|1992||Gale Again||5||Chris Grant||Arthur Stephenson|
|1993||Dawson City||6||Lorcan Wyer||Peter Easterby|
|1995||Morceli||7||Neale Doughty||Howard Johnson|
|1996||Avro Anson||8||Peter Niven||Maurice Camacho|
|1998||Celestial Choir||8||Brian Storey||Les Eyre|
|1999||Bobby Grant||8||Robbie Supple||Chris Grant|
|2000||Donnybrook||7||Brian Harding||Bob Woodhouse|
|2001||Red Striker||7||Richard Guest||Norman Mason|
|2002||Barton||9||Tony Dobbin||Tim Easterby|
|2003||no race 2003–04 [a][b]|
|2005||My Will||5||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2006||The Listener||7||Andrew Thornton||Robert Alner|
|2007||My Way de Solzen||7||Robert Thornton||Alan King|
|2008||Lead On||7||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs|
|2009||Calgary Bay||6||Tony McCoy||Henrietta Knight|
|2010||Seven Is My Number||8||Timmy Murphy||David Pipe|
|2011||Hell's Bay||9||Joe Tizzard||Colin Tizzard|
|2012||Champion Court||7||Alain Cawley||Martin Keighley|
|2013||no race 2013 [c]|
|2014||Oscar Whisky||9||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson|
|2015||Ptit Zig||6||Sam Twiston-Davies||Paul Nicholls|
|2016||Seeyouatmidnight||8||Brian Hughes||Sandy Thomson|
|2017||Whisper||9||Davy Russell||Nicky Henderson|
|2018||Yanworth||8||Barry Geraghty||Alan King|
|2019||Lostintranslation||7||Robbie Power||Colin Tizzard|
|2020||Midnight Shadow||7||Danny Cook||Sue Smith|
|2021||Messire Des Obeaux[d]||9||Daryl Jacob||Alan King|
|2022||L'Homme Presse||7||Charlie Deutsch||Venetia Williams|
|2023||The Real Whacker||7||Sam Twiston-Davies||Patrick Neville|
Famous Dipper Novices Chase Winners
The victory of subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Little Owl in 1980 gave this race a sensational launch. The six-year-old was trained by Peter Easterby and ridden by Jonjo O’Neill, although he was ridden by amateur Jim Wilson at the Cheltenham Festival. He won his first eight completed starts over fences but he was plagued with injury problems later in his career. He won 16 of his 33 career starts, his last notable success coming in the 1982 Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock Park.
The race continued to produce high-class winners including Michael Dickinson’s Lettoch (1983) and the Gordon Richards-trained Jim Thorpe (1987). Arthur Stephenson trained Blazing Walker to win this race as a five-year-old in 1989. He was a high-class two-mile chaser who claimed notable victories at Ascot, Sandown and Aintree under regular rider Chris Grant.
2002 winner Barton won for Tim Easterby and Tony Dobbin. He won 14 of his 26 races under rules and was a very talented performer over hurdles and fences. He won the Royal & Sun Alliance Novices’ Hurdle at the 1999 Cheltenham Festival and the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle in 2000. He also won the Aintree Hurdle in 2001 before switching to fences.
2007 winner My Way de Solzen had won the Grade 1 World Hurdle at Cheltenham the previous season. He was trained by Alan King and returned to the 2007 festival to win the Arkle Challenge Trophy. His other notable career victories include the Long Walk Hurdle (2005) and National Spirit Hurdle (2006).
Oscar Whisky provided Trainer Nicky Henderson with his first win in the race in 2014 and he struck again with Whisper in 2017. Other recent high-class winners include Yanworth (2018), Lostintranslation (2019) and L’Homme Presse (2022).
What Happened In The 2023 Dipper Novices’ Chase
The Real Whacker puts up a dominant performance in the Grade 2 Paddy Power Novices' Chase (The Dipper), with the seven-year-old making all under the guidance of @samtwiston for trainer Patrick Neville 🥇 pic.twitter.com/9vFWmwTgcY
— CheltenhamRacecourse (@CheltenhamRaces) January 1, 2023
Key Dipper Novices Chase Trials
There are no specific trial races for the Dipper Novices Chase but previous form at Cheltenham has been a factor.
Eight of the last eleven winners had raced at the course at least twice previously.
Five of those had recorded at least one Cheltenham victory.
Six of the last eleven winners had been successful on their previous outing.
Five of the last twelve winners of the Dipper Novices Chase ran in the Scilly Isles Novices Chase at Sandown next time. Oscar Whisky (2014) and L’Homme Presse (2022) won both races. Lostintranslation (2019) and Midnight Shadow (2020) both finished runner-up at Sandown.
Eight of the last twelve winners ran at the Cheltenham Festival that season; five ran in the Marsh Novices Chase and three ran in the Brown Advisory Novices Chase. Only L’Homme Presse (Brown Advisory) was successful.
Dipper Novices Chase Betting Trends
Three outright favourites and one joint-favourite have won this race in the last eleven seasons. Oscar Whisky (2014) won at 5-6, Ptit Zig (2015) at Even money and L’Homme Presse (2022) won at 7-4. Yanworth returned at 15-8 joint-favourite in 2018.
Hell’s Bay (2011) was a shock 16-1 winner for Colin and Joe Tizzard but there have been no real surprises since. Champion Court (2012) won at 6-1 for Martin Keighley and Alain Cawley but the longest winning odds in the last nine seasons was Midnight Shadow (2020) at 4-1.
Only two five-year-olds have won the Dipper; Blazing Walker in 1989 and My Will in 2005. There is no real trend in the winning age groups here with a fairly even spread in recent seasons. Ptit Zig won at the age of six while Oscar Whisky (2014), Whisper (2017) and Messire Des Obeaux (2021) were all successful at the age of nine.
An official rating of 147 or higher is usually required to win this race.
The highest-rated winner in recent years was Ptit Zig (157) while the lowest was Hell’s Bay (2011) on 143.
Dipper Novices Chase – Top Trainers and Jockeys
Peter Easterby trained the winner three times in the early years of the Dipper; Little Owl (1980), Jimbrook (1984) and Dawson City (1993).
Alan King equalled that tally when Messire Des Obeaux (2021) followed the victories of My Way De Solzen (2007) and Yanworth (2018).
Colin Tizzard won it with outsider Hell’s Bay (2011) and with the classy Lostinstranslation (2019).
Jockeys to win this race twice include Chris Grant and Barry Geraghty. Grant’s victories came aboard Blazing Walker (1989) and Gale Again (1992). Geraghty won it on Oscar Whisky (2014) and Yanworth (2018).
Betting on the Dipper Novices Chase
The Dipper Novices’ Chase has a history of producing high-class winners dating back to the victory of Little Owl in 1980. L’Homme Presse gave the race form a further boost when scoring at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and the form of this race can be followed with confidence.
Summary of the Dipper Novices’ Chase
Thank you for reading our Dipper Novices’ Chase guide.
We have looked at previous trends, betting info, the history of the race and more, so you have all the facts you need when making a selection.
It is a great race which has thrown up many stars of the future.
Other Popular Horse Races in January
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- Champion Hurdle Trial
- Clarence House Chase
- Classic Chase
- Classic Novices' Hurdle
- Cleeve Hurdle
- Cotswold Chase
- Dipper Novices' Chase
- Finesse Juvenile Novices' Hurdle
- Hampton Novices' Chase
- Holloway's Hurdle
- Leamington Novices' Hurdle
- Lightning Novices' Chase
- Peter Marsh Chase
- Race Meetings January 2023
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- River Don Novices' Hurdle
- Silviniaco Conti Chase
- Tolworth Novices' Hurdle
- Warfield Mares' Hurdle
- Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle