The Jewson Novices Chase may only have been run at the Cheltenham Festival for the last two seasons but it is already becoming one of the most important novice races of the season.
This is exampled by the fact, Sir Des Champs, one of Ireland’s most promising novices of last season, decided to take his chance in this race rather than going for the Arkle or RSA Chase.
His win was excellent to watch as he routed a top-class field and he now has aspirations of winning the big one this year in the form of the Gold Cup. This year’s line-up probably doesn’t contain a superstar with the same ability as Sir Des Champs but undoubtedly it will produce a very interesting race.
To catch all the action live our advice is to head to online bookmakers Coral’s website.
They have revealed they are set to stream every live race of the Festival via their well-regarded online betting website. Coral are renowned as one of the kings of horse racing betting, and they treat their customers, who are mostly racing base, to a wonderful live streaming service.
All punters need to do to access the HD coverage is to sign up to an account with Coral, place at least a £1 bet on the Arkle Chase, and the race will be accessible at the click of a button. However, the bet placed has to be have struck on the day of the race. Any ante-post bets placed will not be valid to claim the live stream.
Many punters who are on the hunt for some value at the Festival will be hoping that the classy Dynaste will be re-routed to the Jewson Novices Chase rather than the RSA Chase. Trainer David Pipe doesn’t have a good record with horses undertaking the RSA Chase after Grands Crus’ flop last season.
Thus far in his chasing career Dynaste has been simply faultless and he looks the perfect type to progress into a Jewson winner. Much like his stablemate Grands Crus, who was a beaten favourite for this race in 2012, he seems to have a huge engine and a fantastic ability to jump fences.
He burst onto the scene at the start of the season when he thrashed Fingal Bay at Cheltenham, showing a great turn to foot to put the race to bed.
He then won the Fuller’s London Pride Novices’ Chase at Newbury in fine style before showing his real RSA credentials in the Grade One Feltham Chase at Kempton Park. Taking a bit of a tug before easing closer to the front, he took the lead with a spectacular jump four out and put the race to bed in a matter of strides. If he goes for the Jewson the 7/2 on offer from William Hill looks very generous.
One thing to consider when betting on novice races at the Cheltenham Festival is looking upon previous Graded success by horses in a positive light.
Over the last six seasons, nine of the 12 combined winners of the Arkle and the RSA chase had won a pattern race over hurdles.
That’s a noble statistic when we consider that they only made up less than 30% of the runners but emerged with an 80% strike rate.
Both prove positive signs for Dynaste and Arvika Ligonniere, who already have graded successes to their name.
The Totepool Challengers Novices Chase at Sandown in February, which many know better and still refer to as the Scilly Isles, should be theoretically be the best guide in the fullness of time being a Grade One novice event taking place over only a half furlong shorter trip perfectly timed just under six weeks before the festival.
With doubts still surrounding about which horses will line-up in the Jewson, it would be right to expect that the winner of the Sandown event will be heading for the Festival.