Although not everyone’s cup of tea, the JLT Novices Chase is a race that is taken very seriously by trainers, jockeys and owners.
The intermediate distance can make for less competitive races elsewhere, but this year’s race is shaping up to be a cracker…
The opener on day 3 at Cheltenham 2019 is the JLT Novices’ Chase, commonly known as the JLT which is on Thursday, March 14th and starts at 13:30pm. It’s a Grade 1 National Hunt novices’ chase run over two miles and four furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards. This race, like others in the novices’ chase division, is very difficult to asses due to trainers having multiple entries in this race as well as other races such as the Arkle and the RSA Chase, nevertheless, we take an in-depth look at this race and digest the best possible outcomes.
Tips, runners, riders and the odds: Multiple entries… is it too hard to asses?
As expected, J P McManus has plenty of entries in this one with Winter Escape, Defi du Seuiland Le Richebourg though the Arkle seems to be the target for the latter. Defi Du Seuil seems to be the best bet from the J P McManus lot as this horse has been a revelation this season, winning back-to-back Grade 3 contests, most recently at Punchestown.
My JLT Novices’ Chase Hot Tipcomes in the form of Lostintranslation who is trained by none other than respected trainer Colin Tizzard. It is its only entry in the Cheltenham Festival in 2019 and with Robbie Power in the saddle, it is very difficult to look past this one. Lostintranslation, currently at 6/1, beat race rival Defi Du Seuil on New Year’s Day over the same course and distance in a grade 2 contest.
Expect there to be a lot of movement in the betting over the next few weeks leading up to Cheltenham 2019 as horses will be confirmed and more information will come to light. With that being said, one early Market Moveris Real Steel who opened up at 25/1 and is currently backed into 16/1.
RUBY TO RAIN AGAIN: Jockey Ruby Walsh has won the race three times. It will be interesting to see which horse he is on for this one.
Hot Tip: Lostintranslation 6/1
Market Mover: Real Steel from 25/1 to 16/1