Cheltenham - At The Races

13:30 Cheltenham 14 Mar 2019

JLT Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Golden Miller) (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Winner £88,209 - 10 ran

1

2m 3f 168y

Good to Soft (soft in places)

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Weighed In

Gary Nutting
by Gary Nutting

Published 9th February

The JLT Novices’ Chase could come down to who jumps better on the day between old rivals LOSTINTRANSLATION and Defi Du Seuil.

The score currently stands at 1-1, the selection perhaps significantly gaining his win at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day - a result that was reversed in the Scilly Isles at Sandown.

There wasn’t much between them on either occasion though and it’s close on the official figures too, so another ding-dong battle can be expected.

Defi Du Seuil, the 2017 Triumph Hurdle winner, shades favouritism in most lists and did beat Lostintranslation on level terms at Sandown whereas he'd conceded him 3lb previously.

It was interesting though to hear Colin Tizzard say afterwards that Richard Johnson reported the runner-up had a tendency to go left, which might explain why he wasn’t quite as fluent as he’d been round Prestbury Park previously.

The two defeats behind crack mare La Bague Au Roi read perfectly well in light of subsequent events and he impressed with both his jumping and attitude when rallying strongly to get the better of Defi Du Seuil here.

Seventh in last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and a close second to Black Op upped to 2m4f at Aintree, the 7yo always had the size and scope to be better over fences and his form is similarly progressive this season.

The two defeats behind crack mare La Bague Au Roi read perfectly well in light of subsequent events and he impressed with both his jumping and attitude when rallying strongly to get the better of Defi Du Seuil here.

The latter benefitted from his challenge being delivered later at Sandown, but reverting to a left-handed track should bring out the very best in Lostintranslation (all his previous form, in both disciplines, is this way round).

Kalashnikov would be a serious contender if taking his chance as he could well improve for the step up in trip over fences, but Amy Murphy has yet to go beyond two miles with last year’s Supreme runner-up who is high up in the Arkle betting.

Of the bigger-priced entries, Kildisart may be worth keeping an eye on after his handicap victory on Festival trials day - a performance that earned him a 6lb rise to 147 and within striking range of the market principals should trainer Ben Pauling elect to go the graded-race route.

Gary's Recommended Bet (scale 1-5 points):

JLT NOVICES' CHASE (Thursday 14th March)

1pt win LOSTINTRANSLATION (6-1 general)

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Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2018 Soft 9 Shattered Love 7 10 11 - 7-11211 76 days G Elliott J W Kennedy 4/1 5:11.30
2017 Good 8 Yorkhill 7 11 4 - 111-411 53 days W P Mullins R Walsh 6/4 4:58.90
2016 Good 9 Black Hercules 7 11 4 - 117-11F 32 days W P Mullins R Walsh 4/1 4:55.00
2015 Good 8 Vautour 6 11 4 - 11-1121 53 days W P Mullins R Walsh 6/4 4:46.30
2014 Good 12 Taquin Du Seuil 7 11 4 - 6-11321 54 days Jonjo O'Neill (1 miles) A P McCoy 7/1 4:56.50
2013 Good to Soft 13 Benefficient 7 11 4 - 7-21241 47 days A J Martin B J Cooper 20/1 5:04.90
2012 Good 10 Sir Des Champs 6 11 4 - 111-111 47 days W P Mullins D N Russell 3/1 4:52.80
2011 Good 11 Noble Prince 7 11 4 - 354-122 53 days Paul Nolan A P McCoy 4/1 4:49.70