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JLT Novices' Chase
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Cheltenham
Grade 1, £150,000 added,
5yo plus,
2m 3f 198y, Class 1    
Thursday 15th March 2018

OCTOBER 25 Ben Pauling couldn't be happier with Willoughby Court as he gets set to embark on a novice chasing career next month.

Willoughby Court
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Willoughby Court

The six-year-old was a thrilling winner of last season's Neptune Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, just getting the better of the highly thought of Harry Fry runner Neon Wolf in a duel up the famous hill.

Second in a maiden hurdle at Market Rasen in November last year on his debut over hurdles, his Cotswolds success completed a perfect season thereafter for Willoughby Court as he won all three further starts.

Pauling is excited to go over fences this season and reports that Willoughby Court has come back from his summer recess in better shape than he had expected.

"Season by season he's getting easier and easier to train and he's being less hard on himself, physically, by being not being as nervous and almost doing too much," said the trainer.

"He's never summered better. He's done brilliantly as he's not the sort of horse that has summered well before. He looks great and we're now well into our preparations for his first run of the season."

A two-and-a-half-mile novice chase at Huntingdon on 5th November has been earmarked as Willoughby Court's entry point over fences. Pauling is keen to make the most of the speed his charge possesses and he wants to stay at that intermediate trip as he looks towards the spring festivals.

"The speed that he has over his fences, at the moment three miles I think he might be doing too much so we'll keep him at two-and-a-half in the meantime and see where we are mid-season," he added.

"I honestly think the JLT [would be his preferred Cheltenham Festival target] at the moment.

"He won a Neptune on good ground and it wasn't a slow-run race. In time he'll be a three miler and we can dream about what he might be in a year's time, but I'm a firm believer in that you don't go further than you need to before you have to."

Willoughby Court is 16/1 to win the JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. Meanwhile, Alan King's Yanworth, successful on his first chase outing at Exeter on Tuesday, is quoted at 8/1 for the festival two-and-a-half-miler.

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JLT Novices' Chase 2017
(Registered as The Golden Miller Novices' Chase)
Grade 1, £150,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 3f 198y, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Yorkhill (IRE) 6/4f R Walsh
11-4
W P Mullins 7
2nd 1 Top Notch (FR) 7/2 D A Jacob
11-4
N J Henderson 6
3rd 3 Disko (FR) 4/1 B J Cooper
11-4
N Meade 6
4th 6 Politologue (FR) 10/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
11-4
P F Nicholls 6
5th 9 Kilcrea Vale (IRE) 22/1 J McGrath
11-4
N J Henderson 7
6th 19 Flying Angel (IRE) 9/1 N D Fehily
11-4
N A Twiston-Davies 6
Also Ran: Baily Cloud (IRE) , Balko Des Flos (FR)

Previous results - JLT NOVICES’ CHASE

2016-BLACK HERCULES 7-11-04 Owner-Andrea & Graham Wylie; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-4/1 Co- Fav
2ND-Bristol De Mai 5-11-04 Owner-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-4/1 Co-Fav
3RD-L’Ami Serge 6-11-04 Owner-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Nico de Boinville; SP-8/1
9 ran, Time-4m 55.20s Dist-3, 1 4/1 Co-Fav Garde La Victoire (Fell)

2015-VAUTOUR 6-11-04 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-6/4 Fav
2ND-Apache Stronghold 7-11-04 Owner-Patricia Hunt; Trainer-Noel Meade IRE; Jockey-Paul Carberry; SP-7/1
3RD-Valseur Lido 6-11-04 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-9/2
8 ran, Time-4m 46.30s Dist-15, sh

2014-TAQUIN DU SEUIL 7-11-04 Owner-Martin Broughton & Friends 1; Trainer-Jonjo O’Neill; Jockey-A P McCoy; SP-7/1
2ND-Uxizandre 6-11-04 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Robert Thornton; SP-33/1
3RD-Double Ross 8-11-04 Owner-Options O Syndicate; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Sam Twiston-Davies; SP-11/1
12 ran, Time-4m 56.72s Dist-¾, 1¼ 7/2 Fav Felix Younger (4th)

2013-WINNER-BENEFFICIENT 7-11-04 Owner-Adrian Shiels & Niall Reilly; Trainer-Tony Martin IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-20/1
2ND-Dynaste 7-11-04 Owner-John White; Trainer-David Pipe; Jockey-Tom Scudamore; SP-11/8 Fav
3RD-Changing Times 7-11-04 Owner-C J Haughey; Trainer-Nigel Twiston-Davies; Jockey-Sam Twiston-Davies; SP-100/1
13 ran, Time-5m 4.80s Dist-3¼, 1

2012-WINNER-SIR DES CHAMPS 6-11-04 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Davy Russell; SP-3/1
2ND-Champion Court 7-11-04 Owner-Martin Boothwright; Trainer-Martin Keighley; Jockey-Alain Cawley; SP-8/1
3RD-For Non Stop 7-11-04 Owner-Chris Giles & Jared Sullivan; Trainer-Nick Williams; Jockey-Noel Fehily; SP-8/1
10 ran, Time-4m 52.80s Dist-4½, 9

2011-WINNER-NOBLE PRINCE 7-11-04 Owner-Des Sharkey; Trainer-Paul Nolan IRE; Jockey-A P McCoy; SP-4/1
2ND-Wishfull Thinking 8-11-04 Owner-Diana Whateley; Trainer-Philip Hobbs; Jockey-Richard Johnson; SP-7/2 Fav
3RD-Loosen My Load 7-11-04 Owner-Alan & Ann Potts Partnership; Trainer-Henry De Bromhead IRE; Jockey-Andrew Lynch; SP-15/2
11 ran, Time-4m 49.82s Dist-4, 5

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