5 May 2014
C9GKCD 26.12.2011 Sunbury, England. (L-R) Ruby Walsh and Kauto Star (FR), Owner Clive Smith and Trainer Paul Nicholls celebrate winning in the parade ring after the 15:10 William Hill King George VI Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1), part of The William Hill Winter Festival on Boxing Day at Kempton Park Racecourse

Kauto Star Novices’ Chase: Feature National Hunt Races

Dominic Chapman

Dominic Chapman

April 16, 2021

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The Kauto Star Novices’ Chase is a Grade 1 staged at Kempton Park Racecourse ran over 3 miles.

It is open to horses aged four years old and over and takes place during Kempton’s Christmas Fixture on Boxing Day.

Kempton Park hosts three Grade 1’s on Boxing Day

The race was originally named as the Feltham Novices’ Chase until 2012 when the race title was changed to honour the great Kauto Star.

Kauto Star won The King George VI Chase on five occasions, trained by the legendary, 11 times Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls.

HJN9GW Trainer Paul Nicholls
Highlights
2020 winner

Shan Blue, trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by Harry Skelton, gave his yard a second Grade 1 for the season after Allmankind’s Henry VIII win at Sandown earlier that month.

WATCH: SHAN BLUE WINS THE KAUTO STAR NOVICES’ CHASE UNDER HARRY SKELTON [CREDIT: RACING TV]
2015 winner

Tea For Two was ridden by Lizzie Kelly making her the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 in Britain.

WATCH: TEA FOR TWO MAKES LIZZIE KELLY THE FIRST GRADE 1 FEMALE PILOT IN THE KAUTO STAR NOVICES’ CHASE [CREDIT: RACING TV]
Leading jockey (3 wins):
  • Richard Dunwoody – Von Trappe (1985), Sparkling Flame (1990), Mutare (1991)
  • Mick Fitzgerald – Fiddling the Facts (1997), Bacchanal (2000), Ungaro (2006)
  • Tony McCoy – Gloria Victis (1999), Maximize (2001), Darkness (2005)
Leading trainer (5 wins):
  • Nicky Henderson – Sparkling Flame (1990), Mutare (1991), Fiddling the Facts (1997), Bacchanal (2000), Long Run (2009)
Nicky Henderson reading a racecard at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Nicky Henderson is the all-time leading trainer in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase

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