Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

Updated: 1099 Horse Racing

Stay ahead of the pack in the New Years Day Handicap Chase! Discover key trends, runners, past winners, and exclusive tips in this comprehensive guide.

Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Preview

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The New Year's Day Handicap Chase is, as the name would suggest, run on New Year's Day at the Cheltenham racecourse, this Premier Handicap is open to runners who are aged five or older it is contested over a distance of two miles, four and a half furlongs during which a total of seven fences are to be jumped.

Given the time of year, the ground is usually pretty demanding, it's been run on either Heavy or Soft ground more than any other so consider that when making your bets.

Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Information:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Cheltenham tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Cheltenham Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2024 when the race had an over-round of 109%. The race in 2023 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 131%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase, the over-round has been 118%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £118 which is bet.

Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase next time out then you would have backed a total of 1 winner. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -6.00. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find a bet on the 2025 Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the Venetia Williams trained Aso ridden by Charlie Deutsch who set the fastest winning time in the Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase, the runner won the race in a time of 5:10.60 when winning the race in 2019. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Ferdy Murphy and jockey Davy Russell with Ballinclay King who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 5:50.90 in the 2003 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Aso (5:10.60) in 2019
  2. Fondmort (5:13.90) in 2006
  3. Calgary Bay (5:16.50) in 2012

Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Past Winners

Here are the Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2024
5:25.53
Shakem UpArry (IRE)
10yo 10-2 11/2
Ben Jones
Ben Pauling (GB)
2023
5:22.79
Midnight River (GB)
8yo 11-4 6/1
Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton (GB)
2022
5:23.57
Vienna Court (IRE)
7yo 10-6 10/1
Sam Twiston-Davies
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2020
5:29.61
Oldgrangewood (GB)
9yo 10-7 12/1
Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton (GB)
2019
5:10.60
Aso (FR)
9yo 11-12 3/1F
Charlie Deutsch
Venetia Williams (GB)
2018
5:36.30
Ballyhill (FR)
7yo 10-2 9/1
Jamie Bargary (3lbs)
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2017
5:31.00
Shantou Flyer (IRE)
7yo 11-2 20/1
Aidan Coleman
Rebecca Curtis (GB)
2016
5:31.50
Village Vic (IRE)
9yo 10-10 7/2F
Richard Johnson
Philip Hobbs (GB)
2015
5:21.40
Splash Of Ginge (GB)
7yo 10-9 9/2F
Jamie Bargary (7lbs)
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2014
5:47.37
Double Ross (IRE)
8yo 11-5 11/8F
Sam Twiston-Davies
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase have been based:

  • GB: 19 winners with an additional 37 placings from 222 runners
  • FR: 1 winner with an additional 0 placings from 5 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase over the last 20 renewals is Nigel Twiston-Davies who has won the race five times with those five winners coming from Whereareyounow (2004), Double Ross (2014), Splash Of Ginge (2015), Ballyhill (2018) and Vienna Court (2022). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase are Venetia Williams (2 wins) and Dan Skelton (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Nigel Twiston-Davies20-5-7+15.38+8.75
Venetia Williams16-2-4+3.00-1.01
Dan Skelton4-2-3+16.00+10.38
Paul Nicholls28-1-8-17.00-6.81
Nicky Henderson16-1-4-11.67-8.86
Philip Hobbs12-1-4-7.50-5.31
Jonjo O'Neill8-1-2+1.00+1.63
David Pipe6-1-2+2.00+2.38
Tom George3-1-1+5.00+2.38
Ben Pauling2-1-1+4.50+2.44

Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Jockey Statistics

There are multiple leading jockeys in the Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase over the last 20 renewals with Sam Twiston-Davies, Aidan Coleman, Harry Skelton and Jamie Bargary having all won the race two times. Sam Twiston-Davies winners have been with Double Ross (2014) and Vienna Court (2022). Aidan Coleman winners have been with Stan (2009) and Shantou Flyer (2017). Harry Skelton winners have been with Oldgrangewood (2020) and Midnight River (2023). Jamie Bargary's winners have been with Splash Of Ginge (2015) and Ballyhill (2018).

Here are some of the top Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Sam Twiston-Davies12-2-6+1.38+4.75
Aidan Coleman9-2-4+27.00+17.80
Harry Skelton4-2-3+16.00+10.38
Jamie Bargary4-2-2+11.50+6.21
Paddy Brennan7-1-2+1.00-0.12
Charlie Deutsch5-1-2-1.00-0.81
Ben Jones1-1-1+5.50+3.44
Jamie Moore4-0-3-4.00+1.80
Harry Cobden4-0-2-4.00-0.94
Nick Scholfield4-0-0-4.00-4.00

Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +31.38 is when runners ran over 2m on debut. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 3 career starts in the class, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-26.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 9 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Newbury, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Newbury last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 220 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 8 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have been disappointed with multiple attempts but no wins in the Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase, that stallion is Presenting who has failed to produce a winner from 5 runners.

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Shantou Flyer in 2017, winning for Rebecca Curtis at odds of 20/1 under the guidance of Aidan Coleman. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 5 winning favourites in the race. Remember to use the best racing tipsters along with the information on this page to find you a bet on the 2025 Cheltenham New Year's Day Handicap Chase.

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Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Cheltenham New Years Day Handicap Chase Preview, Tips, Runners and Trends are at hand, Darren and James. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.

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