Kauto Star Novices’ Chase

The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is a Grade 1 race over three miles at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.

The race is named after the record five-time King George VI Chase and dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner. The race is an important trial for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Notable past winners include Gloria Victis (1999), Long Run (2009) and Coneygree (2014).

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Kauto Star Novices’ Chase

Race Overview – Kauto Star Novices Chase

Horses must be four years old or older to compete in the Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase, the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.

There are 18 fences to jump during the race, which is raced over a distance of around 3 miles (4,828 metres) at the Kempton Park Racecourse.

This novice chase race is set to take place on Boxing Day as part of King George VI Chase meeting each year.

Kauto Star Novices’ Chase 2022 Odds

The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase odds are listed below:

The odds for this race have not yet been released.

Kauto Star Novices’ Chase 2022 Tips

The Kauto Star 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

Many Kauto Star Novices’ Chase horses will race in more races throughout the years. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.

Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2013 Annacotty 5 Ian Popham Martin Keighley
2014 Coneygree 7 Nico de Boinville Mark Bradstock
2015 Tea For Two 6 Lizzie Kelly Nick Williams
2016 Royal Vacation 6 Paddy Brennan Colin Tizzard
2017 Black Corton 6 Bryony Frost Paul Nicholls
2018 La Bague Au Roi 7 Richard Johnson Warren Greatrex
2019 Slate House 7 Robbie Power Colin Tizzard
2020 Shan Blue 6 Harry Skelton Dan Skelton
2021 Bravemansgame 6 Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls

Kauto Star Novices’ Chase 2021 Result

Famous Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Winners

The race was originally run as the Feltham Novices’ Chase and was changed to honour Kauto Star in 2013. The Paul Nicholls-trained chaser became a Kempton Park legend with his astonishing five King George victories between 2006 and 2011.

The race has a history of producing top class chasers, many of which have won Grade 1 races and competed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Top quality earlier winners of the race include Gallaher (1982), Twin Oaks (1987), See More Indians (1993), Gloria Victis (1999) and Bacchanal (2000).

Gloria Victis romped to an 18 lengths victory in this race for Martin Pipe and Tony McCoy. He was even more impressive when winning the Racing Post Chase by ten lengths next time and took his chance in the Gold Cup. Tragically he was fatally injured in that race.

Tea For Two was a famous winner of the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase in 2015 when ridden by Lizzie Kelly. She became the first female jockey to ride a Grade 1 winner over fences in Britain. Long Run (2009) and Coneygree (2014) both went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Long Run won here as a four-year-old for Nicky Henderson and Sam Waley-Cohen. He went on to win the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup and the King George in 2010 (held in January 2011 after Christmas meeting lost to the weather) and 2012.

Coneygree became the first novice to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in over forty years when taking the coveted prize in 2015. He was trained by Mark Bradstock and ridden by Nico de Boinville. The horse was plagued by injury after his Cheltenham win and never ran in the race again, eventually being retired in 2019.

Key Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Trials

The key trial for the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is the Berkshire Novices’ Chase at Newbury. Three of the last eleven winners won that race before running at Kempton. The Cheltenham aim for winners of this race is the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase, formerly known as the RSA Chase. Five of the last eleven Kauto Star winners ran in the Brown Advisory, although all were well beaten.

Long Run won the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick but was beaten into third place at Cheltenham. Black Corton (2017) followed up his victory here by winning the Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot. Coneygree (2014) won the Denman Chase before going on to land the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same season.

Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Betting Trends

Six and seven-year-olds have the best recent record in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, winning ten of the last eleven renewals. The exception was Annacotty who won as a five-year-old for Martin Keighley and Ian Popham in 2013. Long Run (2009) is the youngest winner, scoring at the age of four.

There have only been three winning favourites in the past eleven years; Grand Crus (2011), Dynaste (2012) and Shan Blue (2020). David Pipe trained Grands Crus (2011) and Dynaste (2012) who won at 6-5 and 8-13 respectively before a run of seven beaten favourites in this race. Royal Vacation springing a 33-1 surprise in 2016 while Annacotty was a 12-1 winner in 2013.

Eight of the last eleven winners of the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase had won last time out. All eleven had raced within the previous six weeks. An official rating of 146 or higher is usually required to win this race. Annacotty (2013) was the lowest rated recent winner with a rating of 130 in 2013 while Dynaste (2012) was the highest rated recent winner on 161.

Kauto Star Novices’ Chase – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls share the honour of leading trainer in the Kauto Star with five winners each. Henderson first won the race with Sparkling Flame in 1990. His other successes came with Mutare (1991), Fiddling The Facts (1997), Bacchanal (2000) and Long Run (2009).

Paul Nicholls equalled the Henderson tally when Bravemansgame won here in 2021. His previous winners were See More Indians (1993), Strong Flow (2003), Breedsbreeze (2008) and Black Corton, (2017).

Three jockeys currently share the top riding honours with three winners apiece; Richard Dunwoody, Mick Fitzgerald and Tony McCoy.

Betting on the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase

The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is billed as a major trial for the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The winners have a poor record in that event but it consistently produces high class winners.

Popular Questions

When is the Kauto Star Novices' Chase?

The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase takes place on Monday 26th December 2022 at Kempton Park.

What are important facts about Kauto Star Novices' Chase?

Here are some important facts about Kauto Star Novices’ Chase:

  • The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is run at Kempton Park, Great Britain
  • The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is for horses aged 4 plus
  • The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is a National Hunt Steeplechase in Great Britain
  • The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase distance is about 3 miles

Summary of the Kauto Star Novices Chase

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