Close Brothers Novices Handicap Chase Trends

Past Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2017 Tully East 7 Denis O’Regan Alan Fleming
2016 Ballyalton 9 Brian Hughes Ian Williams
2015 Irish Cavalier 6 Paul Townend Rebecca Curtis
2014 Present View 6 Brendan Powell Jamie Snowden
2013 Rajdhani Express 6 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
2012 Hunt Ball 7 Nick Scholfield Keiran Burke
2011 Divers 7 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
2010 Copper Bleu 8 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2009 Chapoturgeon 5 Timmy Murphy Paul Nicholls
2008 Finger Onthe Pulse 7 Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe

Trends

Key Trends:

  1. 10 of the last 10 winners had their last start in a chase within the last 60 days.
    These horses took up 74% of the total field and managed to fill 85% of the total places.
  2. 9 of the last 10 winners finished in the top 3 on their last completed chase start.
  3. 9 of the last 10 winners had run at Cheltenham.
    These horses took up 78% of the total places on offer from 64% of the total field.
  4. 9 of the last 10 winners had won at least a class 3
    Tully East last year was the exception.
  5. 9 of the last 10 winners had an official rating over hurdles of between 124 and 142.

Other Trends:

  1. While you might assume that being a maiden over fences is a bad thing, they have actually performed very well in the race, having won it 3 times in the last 10 years (including 2015 and 2016). These horses took up 30% of the total places from just 16% of the total field. 38% of these horses have made the frame, with at least one making the frame in each of the last 8 years.

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