Towton Novices’ Chase
The Towton Novices Chase is a Grade 2 race for five-year-olds over three miles at Wetherby. It takes place in late January or early February and is regarded as a trial for the Brown Advisory Novices Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
The inaugural running in 1996 was won by Mr Mulligan who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1997. Other notable winners include Ollie Magern (2005), Halcon Genelardais (2006), Wayward Prince (2011), Blaklion (2016) and Ahoy Senor (2002).
Find out more about the Towton Novices’ Chase:
- 1 Race Overview – The Towton Novices Chase
- 2 Towton Novices’ Chase Odds
- 3 Towton Novices’ Chase Tips
- 4 Towton Novices’ Chase Previous Winners
- 5 Famous Towton Novices Chase Winners
- 6 Key Towton Novices Chase Trials
- 7 Towton Novices Chase Betting Trends
- 8 Towton Novices Chase – Top Trainers and Jockeys
- 9 Betting on the Towton Novices Chase
- 10 Towton Novices’ Chase Previous Result
- 11 Facts about the Towton Novices’ Chase
- 12 Summary of the Towton Novices’ Chase
- 13 Resources
- 14 Related February Horse Racing Posts
Race Overview – The Towton Novices Chase
Horses five years old or older may compete in the Towton Novices’ Chase, a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase.
There are 19 fences to jump during the race, which is run at Wetherby over a distance of around 3 miles (3 miles and 45 yards, or 4,869 metres).
The novice chasers’ race will take place on Saturday 4th February 2023. The race is one of the well-known races occurring in February.
Towton Novices’ Chase Odds
The Towton Novices’ Chase odds are listed below:
These odds have not yet been released.
Towton Novices’ Chase Tips
The Towton Novices’ Chase tips are below:
- 2 points to win for BALLYGRIFINCOTTAGE at odds of 8/11
- 1 point each way for CITY CHIEF at odds of 3/1
Many Towton 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.
If you are looking for more racing tips for events taking place at Wetherby Racecourse then check out our Wetherby tips page.
Towton Novices’ Chase Previous Winners
|1996||Mr Mulligan||8||Richard Johnson||Noel Chance|
|1998||Escartefigue||6||Richard Johnson||David Nicholson|
|1999||Kadou Nonantais||6||Jamie Osborne||Oliver Sherwood|
|2000||Arctic Camper||8||Adrian Maguire||Venetia Williams|
|2003||Keen Leader||7||Liam Cooper||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2004||Royal Emperor||8||Dominic Elsworth||Sue Smith|
|2005||Ollie Magern||7||Carl Llewellyn||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2006||Halcon Genelardais||6||Wayne Hutchinson||Alan King|
|2007||Heltornic||7||Graham Lee||Michael Scudamore|
|2009||Kornati Kid||7||Tom O'Brien||Philip Hobbs|
|2010||Weird Al||7||Paddy Brennan||Ian Williams|
|2011||Wayward Prince||7||Dougie Costello||Ian Williams|
|2012||no race 2012 [a]|
|2013||Goulanes||7||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe|
|2014||Ely Brown||9||Noel Fehily||Charlie Longsdon|
|2015||Ned Stark||7||Denis O'Regan||Alan King|
|2016||Blaklion||7||Ryan Hatch||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2017||Baywing||8||Ryan Day||Nicky Richards|
|2018||Ballyoptic||9||Tom Bellamy||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2012||no race 2019 [b]|
|2020||Newtide||7||David Bass||Kim Bailey|
|2012||no race 2021|
|2022||Ahoy Senor||7||Derek Fox||Lucinda Russell|
|2023||City Chief||6||James Bowen||Nicky Henderson|
Famous Towton Novices Chase Winners
The victory of Mr Mulligan set a very high standard for the Towton Novices Chase. Noel Chance’s gelding was the favourite for the RSA Chase (now Brown Advisory) after five successive victories but made a couple of crucial mistakes and was beaten by Nahthen Lad.
He was a last fence faller at the final fence in the King George VI Chase at Kempton where he incurred a back injury. He was carefully brought back in time for the Cheltenham Gold Cup where he won at 20-1 in the hands of Tony McCoy.
Other big race winners to emerge from the Towton include Welsh Grand National winner Halcon Genelardais and Scottish National winner Wayward Prince. Alan King trained Halcon Genelardais to win the Chepstow marathon in 2006. Wayward Prince won the Scottish Grand National as an eleven-year-old in 2015.
2016 winner Blaklion won the RSA Chase and went close to winning the Aintree Grand National for Nigel Twiston-Davies. He led going easily at the 26th fence in 2017 but could not sustain his effort and eventually finished fourth to One For Arthur.
Key Towton Novices Chase Trials
Four of the last nine winners of the Towton Novices Chase had won on their last outing.
None of them were previous course winners at Wetherby but all but two of them had already won over three miles or further.
Five of the last nine winners ran in the Brown Advisory Novices Chase at Cheltenham. Blaklion won in 2016 and Ahoy Senor finished runner-up in 2022. Wayward Prince (2011) also reached the frame at Cheltenham when finishing third.
Towton Novices Chase Betting Trends
Three of the last nine favourites have been successful; Wayward Prince (5-6) in 2011, Goulanes (12-5) in 2013 and Ahoy Senor (8-11) in 2022. Ballyoptic won as the 5-3 joint-favourite in 2018 for Nigel Twiston-Davies and Tom Bellamy.
There has only been one shock winner during the same period. That was 33-1 outsider Baywing in 2017, trained by Nicky Richards and ridden by Ryan Day.
Seven-year-olds have the best recent record with six winners in nine renewals. Ely Brown (2014) was the oldest winner in the history of the race at the age of nine.
An official rating of 137 or higher is usually required to win this race. Ahoy Senor (152) was the highest-rated winner in recent seasons, 2lbs higher than Blaklion and Ballyoptic.
Towton Novices Chase – Top Trainers and Jockeys
Nigel Twiston-Davies is the leading trainer in the Towton with three winners; Ollie Magern (2005), Blaklion (2016) and Ballyoptic (2018).
Alan King (Halcon Genelardais and Ned Stark) and Ian Williams (Weird Al and Wayward Prince) have two victories apiece.
Richard Johnson rode the first two winners of the race with Mr Mulligan (1996) and Escartefigue (1998). The 1997 meeting was abandoned due to snow.
Betting on the Towton Novices Chase
The Towton Novices Chase usually attracts a small but select field of promising chasers.
Although Blaklion is the only one to go on and win the Brown Advisory at the Cheltenham Festival, several have made their mark at the highest level.
Towton Novices’ Chase Previous Result
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Facts about the Towton Novices’ Chase
- The Towton Novices’ Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt chase in the United Kingdom open to horses aged five years or older.
- The race is scheduled to take place each year in early February.
- The event was first run in 1996.
Summary of the Towton Novices’ Chase
Thank you for checking out this Towton Novices’ Chase guide, we hope it was helpful.
We have looked at history, previous winners, betting odds, tips and more, so you have all the information you need if placing a bet or simply watching it.
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