Stat attack: JT McNamara Novices' Chase
Despite saddling 18 runners since 1997, trainer Paul Nicholls has yet to taste success in this Grade Two amateur riders' race.
Disappointments included Gungadu, which was sent off at 2/1 in 2007 but fell, and Ornais a year later which was fifth of 20 runners at 9/2. The best he's had was Harry The Viking (2012), which hit 8/11 in-running before finishing second to Teaforthree.
Undeterred, Nicholls is back this year with Arpege D'alene, which was reasonably warm in the betting last night at 10/1. The six-year-old was fourth of five runners at Ascot last time having gone off at an SP of 10/11.