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Sandown Henry VIII Novice Chase Stats
Sun, Dec 9th, 2012

The Henry VIII Novices Chase is a Grade 1 run over 2 miles as part of Sandown's Tingle Creek meeting in early December.

It is seen as an important trial for the Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Contraband in 2004/5 was the last horse to double up.The 2011 winner Al Ferof had won the 2011 Supreme Novices Chase at Cheltenham but was outclassed by Sprinter Sacre in the 2012 Arkle.

Other winners have gone on to Grade 1 success but not in the Arkle. These include Somersby, Direct Route, Fondmort, Impek, and Thisthatandtother.

The 2012 Henry VIII Chase took place on 8 December 2012. Captain Conan landed the honours for trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Barry Geraghty.

Henry VIII Novice Chase 2012 Result

Pos

Dist

Horse

Trainer

Age

WT

Jockey

SP

1st

2 Captain Conan (FR)

N J Henderson

5

11-2

B J Geraghty

4/7f

Made all, quickened clear after 2 out, stayed on strongly opened 1/2 £400-£750 £500-£1000

2nd

5 Hinterland (FR)

P F Nicholls

4

10-10

R Walsh

5/2

Held up in touch, headway approaching 3 out, chased winner before next, kept on under pressure opened 10/3

3rd

4 Third Intention (IRE)

C L Tizzard

5

11-2 t

J Tizzard

17/2

Chased leaders, outpaced 3 out, stayed on to go 3rd after last, never able to challenge opened 10/1 £3600-£400

4th

½

1 Act Of Kalanisi (IRE)

Dr R D P Newland

6

11-2 t

R Johnson

16/1

Tracked leaders, driven to challenge 3 out, soon one pace, lost 3rd closing stages opened 14/1

5th

57

3 Escort'men (FR)

A Middleton

6

11-2 h

D Crosse

66/1

Held up in rear, lost touch after 4 out, tailed off opened 50/1

Henry VIII Novices Chase Stats

  • Paul Nicholls and the retired Henrietta Knight have been the trainers to follow with 3 wins each in the last decade
  • No winner priced bigger than 7-2 in the last decade
  • 9 of the last 10 winners aged between 4 and 6

Henry VIII Novices Chase Winners

Date

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Age

Weight

OR

Odds

2011

Al Ferof (FR)

Walsh, R

Nicholls, P F

6

11-2

0

4-11

2009

Somersby (IRE)

McCoy, A P

Knight, Miss H C

5

11-2

0

7-2

2008

Araldur (FR)

Thornton, Robert

King, A

4

11-2

137

11-4

2007

Marodima (FR)

Thomas, Sam

Nicholls, P F

4

11-2

0

9-4

2006

Fair Along (GER)

Johnson, Richard

Hobbs, P J

4

10-13

0

2-1

2005

Racing Demon (IRE)

Murphy, Timmy

Knight, Miss H C

5

11-10

0

6-4

2004

Contraband

Murphy, Timmy

Pipe, M C

6

11-4

0

100-30

2003

Thisthatandtother (IRE)

Walsh, R

Nicholls, P F

7

11-10

0

4-7

2002

Impek (FR)

Culloty, J

Knight, Miss H C

6

11-2

0

5-4

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