Jewson Novices Cheltenham Festival

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The recently established Jewson Novices Chase is run on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival and is a unique challenge for middle distance novices to undertake.

The Festival already had two events of the novice chase variety, the RSA Chase and Arkle Chase, but added another to the roster in 2011 when introducing the Jewson Novices Chase, a race which is run over two miles and five furlongs for horses that maybe don't have the speed for an Arkle or the stamina for a the gruelling RSA Chase.

Since its inception the race has received widespread praised from trainers and punters alike, as it now opens up opportunities for a different type of horse to succeed at the world's greatest Jumps Festival.

The event is not to be confused with the old Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase which has been renamed the Centenary Novices' Chase, which is now run as the last race on Tuesday's card.

This race is the opener to St Patrick's Day and has had the Irish celebrating in both renewals of the race thus far. Noble Prince won in 2011 for trainer Paul Nolan, but the 2012 renewal was of a higher quality and produced a top-class winner in form of Sir Des Champs, who at this point of writing, is now favourite for the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The six-year-old had a 100% strike rate at Cheltenham following his win in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle in 2011 and relished the surrounding once again to keep up that unbeaten record with a brilliant performance from the front. His jumping is squeaky clean and heís likely to stay three miles no problem.

Trainer Willie Mullins has a real star on his hands, and itís more than likely that the Gold Cup will be his main target in 2013.