9 of the last 10 winners (including the last 8) had already won a grade 1 chase.
The only exception was Imperial Commander in 2009.
9 of the last 10 winners (including the last 8) were officially rated 161 or higher.
Again, Imperial Commander was the exception. Aso (3rd last year) was the first of the 30 horses to finish in the top 3 in the last 10 years with an official rating of less than 155.
6 of the last 10 finished in the top 2 last time out.
Of the 4 exceptions, 3 were unplaced in the King George (Dynaste in 2014, Albertas Run in 2010 and Imperial Commander in 2009).
9 of the last 10 winners were course winners.
The exception was Riverside Theatre in 2012.
All of the last 10 winners had previously run at the festival.
8 of the last 10 winners had won a chase at the course.
The exceptions were Riverside Theatre and Cue Card, who was 2nd in an Arkle to Sprinter Sacre.
The last 4 winners have all been French-bred (the 6 before that weren’t) and French-bred horses have punched above their weight over the last 10 years, filling 47% of the places from 36% of the total field.