JNwine.com Champion Chase

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JNwine.com Champion Chase
Grade 1 race
Location Down Royal, Co. Down
Northern Ireland
Inaugurated 1999
Race type Chase
Sponsor JNwine.com
Website Down Royal
Race information
Distance 3 miles (4,828 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight 11 st 8 lb (5yo);
11 st 10 lb (6yo+)
7 lb for mares
Purse 140,000 (2015)
1st: €84,000
JNwine.com Champion Chase
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Don Cossack Rocky Creek Roi Du Mee

The JNwine.com Champion Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Down Royal over a distance of about 3 miles (4,828 metres), and during its running there are fifteen fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in early November.

The event was established in 1999, and it was initially contested over 3 miles and 1 furlong. It was cut to its present distance in 2000, and it was given Grade 1 status in 2002.

The JNwine.com Champion Chase is now the first Grade 1 event of the Irish National Hunt season. It has been sponsored by JNwine.com (James Nicholson Wine Merchant) throughout its history.


Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Ruby WalshTaranis (2007), Kauto Star (2008, 2010)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Paul NichollsTaranis (2007), Kauto Star (2008, 2010), Kauto Stone (2012)


1999 Florida Pearl 7 Paul Carberry Willie Mullins
2000 Looks Like Trouble 8 Richard Johnson Noel Chance
2001 Foxchapel King 8 David Casey Mouse Morris
2002 More Than a Stroll 10 Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore
2003 Glenelly Gale 9 Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore
2004 Beef or Salmon 8 Timmy Murphy Michael Hourigan
2005 no race 2005 [1]
2006 Beef or Salmon 10 Andrew McNamara Michael Hourigan
2007 Taranis 6 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2008 Kauto Star 8 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 The Listener 10 Andrew McNamara Nick Mitchell
2010 Kauto Star 10 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2011 Quito de la Roque 7 Davy Russell Colm Murphy
2012 Kauto Stone 6 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls
2013 Roi du Mee 8 Bryan Cooper Gordon Elliott
2014 Road to Riches 7 Paul Carberry Noel Meade
2015 Don Cossack 8 Bryan Cooper Gordon Elliott

1 The 2005 edition was abandoned after bomb warnings were telephoned to the racecourse.[1]

See also


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