Nicky Henderson's JLT Novices Chase Entry Looks Top Notch

The JLT Novices Chase gets Day Three of the Cheltenham Festival underway and it promises to be a cracking contest on Thursday as the jumping of the brilliant Yorkhill will be given a very stern test in this Grade 1 contest...

  • Willie Mullins has trained 3 winners of the JLT Novices Chase
  • Ruby Walsh has ridden the last two winners of the JLT (Vautour and Black Hercules)

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A Fourth Win For Mullins?

The JLT first appeared at the Festival in 2011 and was swiftly upgraded to Grade 1 level in 2014, with Willie Mullins enjoying great success by training three winners over the years. Mullins boasts the bookmakers' favourite this year too as Yorkhill is 11/8 (Sky Bet) and Ruby Walsh is set to take the ride after guiding Vautour and Black Hercules to victory in the past two editions of the JLT.

Walsh will have to be at his brilliant best aboard what is undoubtedly an exceptional horse, with Yorkhill winning nine of his eleven starts under rules, including a facile success on his chase debut at Fairyhouse before landing a Grade 3 at Leopardstown.

The 7-year-old is a worthy favourite IF his jumping holds up and there are enough question marks surrounding his ability over fences to ensure that we will be looking elsewhere in what is a relatively strong field.

Top Notch

Nicky Henderson's Top Notch has previous form at the Cheltenham Festival having finished runner-up in the JCB Triumph Hurdle in 2015 and fifth in the Champion Hurdle in 2016. The son of Poliglote has taken to fences in fine style this season, winning four times, including the Scilly Isles Novices in February, and we are going to back the 6-year-old to produce the goods over this two mile, four furlong trip (4/1 with Paddy Power).

D.I.S.K.O

Noel Meade's front-running Disko (5/1 with PaddyPower.com) will enjoy the drying ground and should be a major player after winning the Grade 1 Flogas Novices to make it four wins from four over fences.

Paul Nicholls' Politologue, who disappointed in the Coral Cup, last year has made a fine transition to fences, winning three times, and can be backed at 6/1, while Flying Angel, Balko Des Flos, Baily Cloud and Nicky Henderson's second string, Kilcrea Vale, complete the line-up.

2017 JLT Novices Chase Odds

Posted: Wednesday, 15th March 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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