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JLT Novices` Chase Preview - Cheltenham Festival

Published on: 14/03/2019

JLT Novices` Chase Preview - Cheltenham Festival

March 14, 2018 13:30pm - Cheltenham

Cheltenham Festival

Distance: 2m 3f 198y

Grade: 1

Runners: 10

Winner: £88,209.00 2nd: £33,233.00 3rd: £16,632.00 4th: £8,308.00 5th: £4,170.00 6th: £2,085.00 7th: £1,035.00 8th: £533.00

Going: Soft (Heavy in places)

The Day Three action kicks off with the 2m4f JLT Novice Chase which takes place on the Cheltenham New Course.

Since its inception in 2011, this race has been dominated by Irish runners with seven of the eight winners hailing from the Emerald Isle. The three-year winning run of the Mullins/Walsh combo was brought to end last year by trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey Jack Kennedy who claimed victory with Shattered Love.

Catching the eye this year is the Colin Tizzard-trained Lostintranslation. He finished seventh in last year`s Supreme Novices` and beat Defi Du Seuil over this course and distance in the Dipper Novices` Chase. He also impressed when chasing home the unbeaten La Bague Au Roi at Newbury. Packed with stamina and strength, the course and conditions should suit him perfectly.

Defi Du Seuil won the Triumph Hurdle in 2017 and got the better of Lostintranslation at Sandown last time out. Vinndication came in third that day having struggled with the soft ground. All three should be in contention again, but Colin Tizzard’s horse seems better suited to the Cheltenham New Course and just gets the nod.

Kildisart arrives here on the back on two wins including a course and distance triumph last time out. And with prices of around 9/1 available, he makes it onto the each-way list.

Willie Mullins has a great track record here, so Reel Steel should not be overlooked. This is a horse with great potential who arrives on the back of a solid pair of wins at Fairyhouse and Thurles. At 13/2 he is another on to consider in the each-way market.

JLT Novices` Chase Winners - past five years:

2014: Taquin du Seuil (7) - Tony McCoy (Jonjo O’Neill)

2015: Vatour (6) - Ruby Walsh (Willie Mullins)

2016: Black Hercules (5) - Ruby Walsh (Willie Mullins)

2017: Yorkhill (7) - Ruby Walsh (Willie Mullins)

2018: Shattered Love (7) - J W Kennedy (Gordon Elliott)

Latest Betting odds:

Defi Du Seuil 10/3

Lostintranslation 4/1

Real Steel 13/2

Vinndication 15/2

Kildisart 9/1

Voix Du Reve 10/1

Pravalaguna 16/1

Mengli Khan 16/1

Capeland 28/1

33/1 bar

You can back Lostintranslation at 4/1 and Kildisart (E/W) at 9/1. Reel Steel is also an E/W option at 13/2.

By Neil Morris

Published on: 14/03/2019

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (14/03/2019 08:31:46) but are subject to change.