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JLT Novices' Chase
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Cheltenham 13:30
Grade 1, £150,000 added,
5yo plus,
2m 4f 5y, Class 1    
Thursday 14th March 2019

1 Defi Du Seuil 3/1F
2 Lostintranslation 4/1
3 Mengli Khan 9/1
10 ran Distances: 2¼l, 7l, 3l
Time: 4m 59.53s

Defi Du Seuil gets the better of old foe Lostintranslation to win

The 3/1 favourite Defi Du Seuil gave trainer Philip Hobbs his 20th winner at The Festival™ presented by Magners when taking the JLT Novices' Chase. It was Somerset-based Hobbs' first Festival success since Defi Du Seuil took the JCB Triumph Hurdle in 2017 - and his first in the JLT Novices' Chase.
 
It was a record 56th Festival triumph for owner J P McManus. 
 
The Barry Geraghty-ridden Defi Du Seuil beat Lostintranslation (Colin Tizzard/Robbie Power) by two and a quarter lengths. It was the third meeting between the two novice chasers this season and the decider after one victory for each.
 
An emotional Hobbs said: "He's amazing. He's very, very tough and his jumping is fantastic. Sometimes these smaller horses are better at the whole thing because they are more athletic. 
 
"He only ran twice last season, but the horses weren't 100% healthy and if they are not, they are not going to win.
 
"He's been our main flagship now for a while. He jumped beautifully and had a great run all the way round - it couldn't have gone better. It's the third time in the last three runs that we have met Lostintranslation. How we got beat [here at Cheltenham in the G2 Dipper Novices' Chase on New Year's Day] I don't know, because he got to the front so easily and then stopped there a little bit, so he's obviously better coming late.
 
"I was quite confident that he was in a great rhythm and there was not one blip - every fence was fantastic. Great run throughout. He was left in both this and the [two-mile] Arkle until the last minute to leave all our options open - there was no point deciding until we had to. To be realistic, I think he could have won both, anyway. 
 
"It's too early to think about next season, but if we had to guess at this stage, I'd say probably the Ryanair Chase [over two and a half miles, the same trip as the JLT Novices' Chase]."

JLT Novices' Chase
(Registered as The Golden Miller Novices' Chase)
Grade 1, £150,000 added, 5yo plus, 2m 4f 5y, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Defi Du Seuil (FR) 3/1f B J Geraghty
11-4
P J Hobbs 6
2nd Lostintranslation (IRE) 4/1 R M Power
11-4
C L Tizzard 7
3rd 7 Mengli Khan (IRE) 9/1 J W Kennedy
11-4
G Elliott 6
4th 3 Kildisart (IRE) 9/1 D A Jacob
11-4
B Pauling 7
5th nse Vinndication (IRE) 11/2 David Bass
11-4
K C Bailey 6
6th 6 Real Steel (FR) 13/2 P Townend
11-4
W P Mullins 6
7th 6 Castafiore (USA) 33/1 Paul O'Brien
10-11
C E Longsdon 6
8th 15 Capeland (FR) 28/1 H Cobden P F Nicholls 7
9th 40 Pravalaguna (FR) 14/1 D J Mullins
10-11
W P Mullins 7
UR   Voix Du Reve (FR) R Walsh
11-4
W P Mullins 7

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Previous results - JLT NOVICES’ CHASE

2018-WINNER-SHATTERED LOVE 5-10-11 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Jack Kennedy; SP-4/1
2ND-Terrefort 5-11-03 Owner-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-3/1 Fav
3RD-Benatar 6-11-04 Owner-Ashley Head; Trainer-Gary Moore; Jockey-Jamie Moore; SP-10/1
9 ran, Time-5m 11.80s Dist-7, 12

2017-WINNER-YORKHILL 7-11-04 Owner-Andrea & Graham Wylie; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-6/4 Fav
2ND-Top Notch 6-11-04 Owner-Simon Munir & Isaac Souede; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Daryl Jacob; SP-7/2
3RD-Disko 6-11-04 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gigginstown House Stud; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-4/1 8 ran, Time-5m 0.20s Dist-1, 3

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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