The Drinmore Novice Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt race run annually at Fairyhouse Racecourse over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.
It’s one of the feature races at Fairyhouse’s Winter Racing Festival, which also includes the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle and Royal Bond Novices Hurdle.
The Drinmore is seen as an early-season target for horses with one eye on the Turners Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
It’s a race steeped in history, having been won by some of the best chasers in Ireland, including Dorans Pride and Don Cossack.
Only five runners head to post for the 2023 Drinmore Novice Chase, but it’s a highly competitive renewal with all five horses in with a chance of landing the win and four of the five winning last time out.
Drinmore Novice Chase Betting Offers
How To Get Free Bets For The 2023 Drinmore Novice Chase
As the first Grade 1 novice chase of the season in Ireland, the Drinmore Novice Chase always attracts plenty of attention from racing fans on both sides of the Irish Sea.
With that interest, expect plenty of betting offers on the big race at Fairyhouse.
Paddy Power are one of the leading bookmakers in Ireland and are well known for their competitive odds and ongoing promotions, plus a generous welcome bonus for new players to enjoy on the horse racing action.
For punters looking to live-stream the big race, Betfred are well worth checking out, with live-streaming of horse racing available on desktop, mobile, and their highly-rated mobile app.
2023 Drinmore Novice Chase Tips
The multiple Grade 1 winning hurdler Sharjah is unbeaten in his two starts over fences easily landing the odds in two uncompetitive affairs. He is ten rising eleven and not bred for chasing, but he doesn’t know that and has looked smart and economical at his fences.
All his hurdle wins have come over the minimum trip, but he was only beaten 3L by Constitution Hill in the 2m 4f Aintree Hurdle back in the spring and has relished the extra yardage over the larger obstacles.
I had been expecting LETSBECLEARABOUTIT, fourth in last season’s Albert Bartlett, to step up to three miles but Gavin Cromwell perseveres over the intermediate 2m 4f trip in the Grade 1 Drinmore as he, too, looks to make it three out of three over the larger obstacles.
To my mind Gaelic Warrior and Inthepocket are the best two novice chasers at this trip in Ireland, so you could argue it is not a vintage renewal, but it is a race invariably won by a top-class novice.
The Cromwell novice, who turns nine himself at the end of the year, gets a narrow vote in a fascinating contest.
Recommendation: Letsbeclearaboutit at 7/4 with Coral
Drinmore Novice Chase Betting Tips & Stats Guide
What Happened Last Year?
The 2022 Drinmore Novice Chase was another top-quality renewal, with trainer Willie Mullins saddling five runners and Gordon Elliott represented by two horses - Three Stripe Life and Mighty Potter.
And Mighty Potter ran out an impressive winner under jockey Jack Kennedy.
Always in contention, Mighty Potter took the lead two fences from home and powered clear to win by five lengths from the Willie Mullins-trained Gaillard Du Mesnil in second place.
When & Where Is The 2023 Drinmore Novice Chase?
The Drinmore Novice Chase is the first Grade 1 chase of the season for novices and regularly attracts a high-class field of runners from the top Irish stables, including Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott, and Henry de Bromhead.
In recent years, Gordon Elliott has been the trainer to follow in the race, winning it on seven occasions since 2010.
The 2023 Drinmore Chase will be run on Sunday, December 3.
Recent Drinmore Novice Chase Winners
The Drinmore Novice Chase has been won by some fantastic horses, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack, who won the race in 2013 before winning the big one at Cheltenham in 2016.
We’ve listed the last five winners of the Drinmore Novice Chase below.
When is the 2023 Drinmore Novice Chase?
The 2023 Drinmore Novice Chase will be run on Sunday, December 3.
Where is the Drinmore Novice Chase run?
The Drinmore Novice Chase is run annually at Fairyhouse Racecourse, located near Dublin.
What is a Novice Chase
A novice chase is a race that only allows horses which have not won a chase race before the end of the previous season to run.
Where can I watch the Drinmore Novice Chase?
The subscription channel, Racing TV, will show the Drinmore Novice Chase live. It will also be available to stream via the leading bookmakers in the UK and Ireland.