Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Date is December 26th 2019
Type: Grade 1 race (3 miles, 18 fences)
Trial race for the Cheltenham Festival
Kauto Star Novices’ Chase 2019 Key Runners
Entries are not yet open, but as soon as the initial Kauto Star Novices’ Chase runners are announced we’ll have full details here.
Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Tips
When entries come in and the first round of Kauto Star Novices’ Chase betting is released, we’ll have some great ante post information listed right here.
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Kauto Star Novices’ Chase General Info
Originally known as the Feltham Novices’ Chase, the Kauto Star was renamed in honour of one of the greatest Gold Cup winners we’ve ever seen.
Although arguably not as good as the great Kauto Star, a top winner of this race to have gone on to Cheltenham glory was Coneygree, who managed to win the Gold Cup itself as a novice chaser back in 2015.
The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase 2019 will be run as usual at Kempton Park during their King George meeting on Boxing Day, Thursday December 26th, over three miles with 18 fences to be jumped. This year’s renewal is worth £100,000.
Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Stats & Trends
Having been shared out fairly evenly and with no trainer(s) having dominated, the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase 2019 could be taken by just about any yard with a good, young staying chaser on their hands.
With the exception of Long Run (4) and Joe Lively (8), all of our post-millennium winners have been aged 5-7 so that’s the area to concentrate on, but it’s important to note that given the last 18 winners’ subsequent performances at Cheltenham, it may be wise not to concentrate on the horses supposedly leading the way in this division.
That fact is also backed up by the prices of the last 18 winners. 7 favourites have won in that time, but that’s not a great percentage for a Grade 1 race and in fact the average starting price of winners here is more than 5/1 in this time period with winners right up to 12/1, 14/1 and 33/1, so don’t by any means concentrate only on the market leaders when handicapping Kauto Star Novices’ Chase runners.
Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Betting
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When information is available on the race, we’ll have some strong Kauto Star Novices’ Chase tips so use these alongside the usual Non-Runner No Bet and Best Odds Guaranteed offers given out by bookmakers to make your selections pay.
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Past Kauto Star Novices’ Chase Winners
With such names as Santini and Topofthegame in the 2018 Kauto Star for such top trainers as Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls respectively, it was expected by many that they would be fighting out the finish.
Instead though, Warren Greatrex’s 8/1 shot La Bague Au Roi was the one that, having passed 11/10 favourite Santini, who put it up to Topofthegame (5/1) at the last fence, jumping better than his rival before very gamely edging ahead towards the line for a famous win.
He didn’t go on to the Cheltenham Festival, instead heading to Ireland and then Aintree, but plenty of others have as we see here in the list of all Kauto Star Novices’ Chase winners since the turn of the millennium.
|2018||La Bague Au Roi||7||Richard Johnson||Warren Greatrex||Did not race|
|2017||Black Corton||6||Bryony Frost||Paul Nicholls||5th in RSA Chase|
|2016||Royal Vacation||6||Paddy Brennan||Colin Tizzard||Pulled-up in RSA Chase|
|2015||Tea For Two||6||Lizzie Kelly||Nick Williams||Did not race|
|2014||Coneygree||7||Nico de Boinville||Mark Bradstock||1st in Gold Cup|
|2013||Annacotty||5||Ian Popham||Martin Keighley||8th in RSA Chase|
|2012||Dynaste||6||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe||2nd in Jewson Novices’|
|2011||Grands Crus||6||Tom Scudamore||David Pipe||4th in RSA Chase|