Henry VIII Novices Chase Tips 2021

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When is The Henry VIII Novices Chase 2021?

The Planteur at Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase takes place on Saturday 4th December 2021 with the race starting at 1.50pm during The Tingle Creek Christmas Festival at Sandown Racecourse.

This is a Grade 1 race run over 1 mile and 7 and a half furlongs.  It is open to horses aged fours years and over.  It's promotion to grade 1 status occured relatively recently in 2011.

Last year's winner took home prize money of £25628.

Paul Nicholls is the leading trainer for the Henry VIII Novices Chase having trained 7 winners (since 1997).  Leading Jocky is AP McCoy who has won the race 3 times (1997, 1998 and 2009).


A look back to the mighty Altior in the 2016 Henry VIII Novices Chase

Henry VIII Novices Chase Previous Winners

No race in 2010, 2000 was run at Haydock.

DateTrackDistanceGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORNC(F)Days
Sandown1m7½fGood To Soft5511/111-21530(0)17d
Sandown1m7½fGood To Soft462/711-200(0)12d
Sandown1m7½fGood To Soft6514/111-21300(0)27d
Sandown2mGood To Soft764/1111-201(1)20d
Sandown2mGood To Soft5411/411-21370(0)17d
Sandown2mGood To Soft56100/3011-400(0)20d
Sandown2mGood To Soft8510/1111-61352(0)20d


Henry VIII Novices Chase Stats and Trends

Henry VIII Novices' Chase

11 Year Trends and Statistics (2010 was abandoned due to snow)

  • Age – 10 of the last 11 winners were aged either 5 or 6.
  • Sex – All of the last 11 winners were geldings.
  • Trainer – Paul Nicholls has won the race 4 times in the last 11 years.
  • Horse – No horse has won more than once the last 11 years. 
  • Country – 8 of the last 11 winners were bred in France, 2 in Ireland.
  • Colour – 8 of the last 11 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried – 10 of the last 11 winners carried 11st 2lb.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 8 of the last 11 winners returned a SP of 13/2 or less. The remaining 3 returned at odds off between 11/1 and 14/1.
  • Starting Price Rank – 3 of the last 11 winners started as favourite and all 11 were in the first 5 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 10 of the last 11 winners didn't wear any headgear, 1 wore a hood. 
  • Days Since Last Run – All of the last 11 winners had run between 11 and 45 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form – 9 of the last 11 winners had won last time out, all 11 of them finished in the first 2 last time.

    Henry VIII Novices Chase Results

    Planteur At Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
    Distance: 1m7½f (3419 yards +15 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £25628 Direction: Right Handed
    Runners: 5    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
    Winners Time: 3 mins 57.94s   Avg OR: 149     Median OR: 149

    Full Results:

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    41stAllmankind410-10Hood TT153Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry2/1 (Fav)3.201.88
    led, quickened clear before bypassed 3 out, still travelling powerfully when good jump 2 out, ridden before last but kept on well BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 4.8
    62nd2.5Hitman (FR)410-10149Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry11/44.002.08
    raced in third, went second and in pursuit of leader before bypassed 3 out, ran on well but not reach winner BF IP MIN 2.1 BF IP MAX 1000
    53rd8Ga Law (FR)410-10150Snowden, JamieSheehan, Gavin11/27.513.12
    tracked leader, ridden along and passed for second before bypassed 3 out, kept on at same pace BF IP MIN 6.8 BF IP MAX 1000
    14th4.25Eldorado Allen (FR)611-2149Tizzard, C LPower, R M3/14.081.95
    held up in touch, began to lose ground on front three before bypassed 3 out, stayed on same pace BF IP MIN 3.9 BF IP MAX 1000
    2PUPhoenix Way (IRE)711-2TT145Fry, HarryColeman, A11/117.154.80
    held up in touch, mistake 4th and 5th, dropped to rear 3 out (usual 4 out) and began to struggle, weakened and pulled up 2 out BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 1000

    Read Road To Cheltenham At racingtv.com Henry VIII Novices Chase (Grade 1)
    Distance: 1m7½f (3419 yards +10 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £30948 Dir: Right Handed
    Runners: 6    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 4yo+
    Winners Time: 3 mins 59.70s   Avg OR: 145     Median OR: 146.5

    1st Esprit Du Large (FR) 14/1 
    2nd Nube Negra (SPA) 9/2
    3rd Grand Sancy (FR) 9/2

    Full Results: 

    NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightHeadgearORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
    21stEsprit Du Large (FR)511-2144Williams, EvanWedge, Adam14/116.896.60
    tracked leaders on outside, went close 2nd before 7th (water), led 3 out, ridden after next, stayed on when strongly pressed flat, held on well BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 19
    42nd1.75Nube Negra (SPA)511-2TT146Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry9/26.402.80
    tracked leaders on inside, switched left after 3 out, went 2nd when switched inside again after 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to challenge and every chance flat, held near finish BF IP MIN 1.69 BF IP MAX 1000
    33rd13Grand Sancy (FR)511-2Hood152Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry9/26.202.57
    held up in touch, tracked leaders when switched wide before 3 out, soon driven and outpaced, stayed on into modest 3rd flat, no chance with clear pair BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
    74th6Torpillo (FR)410-10Hood147Twiston-Davies, N AJacob, Daryl13/8 (Fav)2.681.79
    led, headed 3 out, lost 2nd next, soon ridden, no chance with clear pair before last, lost modest 3rd flat BF IP MIN 2.18 BF IP MAX 1000
    55th14Return Ticket (IRE)611-2130Jefferson, RuthHughes, Brian33/163.8916.45
    held up in rear, outpaced 3 out, well held after BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
    6FSummerville Boy (IRE)711-2153George, T RBurke, Jonathan11/44.202.00
    tracked leader, lost place but still in touch when fell 7th (water) BF IP MIN 3.6 BF IP MAX 1000

    Henry VIII Novices Chase Tips

    Not a great race for 4 year olds and 7 year olds and favourites do not have a great record either which leaves us with ELDORADO ALLEN and TAMAROC DU MATHAN.

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    Tingle Creek Christmas Festival Race Card:

    Friday 3rd December
    Opening Day

    12.45pmThe Sandown Park Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase3 miles
    1.15pmThe Londesborough Handicap Chase2 miles
    1.50pmThe Ripley Novices’ Handicap Chase2 miles 4 furlongs
    2.25pmThe Ballymore Winter Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)2 miles 4 furlongs
    3.00pmThe Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)2 miles 7 furlongs
    3.35pmThe Elmbridge Mares’ Handicap Hurdle2 miles 4 furlongs

    Saturday 4th December
    Tingle Creek Saturday

    12.05pmThe Sandown Park Introductory Juvenile Hurdle2 miles
    12.40pmThe Ewell ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle2 miles
    1.15pmThe Claygate Novices’ Handicap Hurdle2 miles
    1.50pmThe Planteur at Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)2 miles
    2.25pmThe Betfair Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1)2 miles
    3.00pmThe Betfair London National Chase3 miles 4 furlongs
    3.35pmThe December Handicap Hurdle (Listed)2 miles

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