The Wayward Lad Novices' Chase is a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase run at Kempton Park, on the second day of their Winter Festival. It is run over a distance of about 2 miles where there are twelve fences to be jumped.
The event is named in honour of Wayward Lad, a winner of Kempton's most prestigious race - the King George VI Chase, three times during the 1980's. In 2005, the race was promoted to Grade 2 status, where it was sponsored by William Hill for the next ten years. Since 2016, it has been sponsored similarly by many other races, with thanks to 32Red.
Just like the Kauto Star Novices Chase on Boxing Day, this race provides an opportunity for horses going forward as novices, but unique to this race, by going down the two-mile Champion Chase route in the future. Many horses may go on to the Arkle at Cheltenham in March, and many who have won this race, have been subsequent Champion Chasers in the future.
Let's look at some common trends: