The Grade 2 Ten Up Novice Chase (Sunday 17 February) was run for the first time in 2003 and has been won by the likes of Church Island, Quito De La Roque, Foxrock, and Monbeg Notorious. The race takes place over three miles at Navan Racecourse.
Ten Up Novice Chase 10-Year-Trends
- Winners have carried either 11-3 or 11-6
- Winners have been aged between six and 10
- Five of the last 10 favourites have won
- SP’s of the winners have ranged from 4/6 to 50/1
- Willie Mullins has trained three of the last nine winners
- Gigginstown Stud has owned four of the last 10 winners
Ten Up Novice Chase 2019 Main Contenders
Only achieved a rating of 138 over hurdles but could easily be a much better chaser judged on his run last time, when he fell at the final fence when in with a chance of beating Ballyward over three miles at Naas. That horse is now second-favourite for the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, so he must be respected.
Finished third in the race in which Discorama fell last time but, as that was his first chase and his first run for 21 months after injury, he could easily take a massive step forward here. His hurdles form certainly entitles him to win this, as he won a grade one hurdle at the 2017 Punchestown Festival, beating subsequent 2018 Stayers’ Hurdle winner Penhill into second. He’s also owned by Gigginstown Stud.
Well-backed prior to making an impressive winning chasing debut this season but was only second behind Ballyward last time, when just in front of Champagne Classic. That means he would have finished well-behind Discorama if that one hadn’t fallen. However, unlike Champagne Classic, his hurdles form doesn’t really entitle him to find the improvement needed to turn around that form.
Any Second Now
Achieved a rating of 142 over hurdles but, now in his second season as a chaser, he has yet to win over fences in eight attempts. He’s also tried his luck in novice races and handicaps, so it hard to see why he’ll suddenly find the improvement needed to win this, especially as he was beaten over 11 lengths by Discorama earlier in the season.
Ten Up Novice Chase 2019 Summary & Betting Tip
Many pundits thought that Discorama would have beaten Ballyward last time and, if he avoids any similar mistakes this time, there’s no reason why he won’t again finish in front of Any Second Now and Chris’s Dream. That form also entitles him to finish in front of Champagne Classic, but it could be worth taking a chance that the formerly high-class Gigginstowm Stud owned horse can improve significantly for his first run back after injury. He was by far the best of these over hurdles and his trainer Gordon Elliott is hopeful that he will also be a top-class chaser if he can avoid any more injuries.
Ten Up Novice Chases Tip