Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Festival Trials Day)

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We look at the Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m4½f at Cheltenham during the Festival Trials Day to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends you can use to find the winner of the Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase.

Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Festival Trials Day)
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Andy Powell Content Editor

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 Trophy Handicap Chase Preview

Scheduled to take place in January of each year at the Cheltenham racecourse is the Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase, a Premier Handicap which is run over a trip of two miles, four and a half furlongs in which there is a total of seventeen fences to be jumped and it is open to runners who are five or older.

Cheltenham Trophy 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 Trophy Handicap Chase market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2022 when the race had an over-round of 112%. The race in 2023 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 129%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase, the over-round has been 120%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £120 which is bet.

Cheltenham Trophy 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 Trophy 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 -13.50. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 5:12.13 was set by Il Ridoto in 2023, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden. The slowest winning time was set in 2013 when Katenko won in a time of 5:48.80, booked to ride was Aidan Coleman on this Venetia Williams trained runner.

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

  1. Il Ridoto (5:12.13) in 2023
  2. The Giant Bolster (5:15.42) in 2012
  3. Siruh Du Lac (5:17.00) in 2019

Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase Past Winners

Here are the Cheltenham Trophy 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 Trophy Handicap Chase as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorseInfo
2024
5:22.35
Ga Law (FR)
8yo 11-8 8/1
Gavin Sheehan
Jamie Snowden (GB)
2023
5:12.13
Il Ridoto (FR)
6yo 10-12 9/2
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2022
5:17.05
Torn And Frayed (FR)
8yo 10-10 5/1F
Sam Twiston-Davies
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2020
5:33.42
Cepage (FR)
8yo 11-12 8/1
Charlie Deutsch
Venetia Williams (GB)
2019
5:17.00
Siruh Du Lac (FR)
6yo 10-6 6/1
Lizzie Kelly (3lbs)
Nick Williams (GB)
2018
5:28.90
Frodon (FR)
6yo 11-7 13/2
Bryony Frost (5lbs)
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2017
5:25.30
Foxtail Hill (IRE)
8yo 10-0 12/1
Jamie Bargary (3lbs)
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2016
5:42.00
Annacotty (IRE)
8yo 11-9 13/2
Ian Popham
Alan King (GB)
2015
5:28.90
Annacotty (IRE)
7yo 11-8 5/1
Gavin Sheehan
Martin Keighley (GB)
2014
5:35.56
Wishfull Thinking (GB)
11yo 11-12 9/1
Richard Johnson
Philip Hobbs (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase have been based:

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 42 placings from 234 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 5 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners

Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase Trainer Statistics

There are multiple leading trainers in the Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase over the last 20 renewals with Paul Nicholls, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Venetia Williams, Philip Hobbs, Nick Williams and Bob Buckler having all won the race two times. Paul Nicholls winners have been with Frodon (2018) and Il Ridoto (2023). Nigel Twiston-Davies winners have been with Foxtail Hill (2017) and Torn And Frayed (2022). Venetia Williams winners have been with Katenko (2013) and Cepage (2020). Philip Hobbs winners have been with Wishfull Thinking (2011 & 2014). Nick Williams winners have been with Maljimar (2008) and Siruh Du Lac (2019). Bob Buckler winners have been with The Sawyer (2009 & 2010).

Here are some of the top Cheltenham Trophy 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
Paul Nicholls28-2-5-15.00-15.58
Nigel Twiston-Davies20-2-5-1.00-2.50
Venetia Williams19-2-6-5.00-3.42
Philip Hobbs13-2-4+2.50+0.73
Nick Williams4-2-3+9.50+6.00
Bob Buckler3-2-2+13.50+8.07
David Pipe11-1-1-2.00-5.20
Alan King9-1-3-1.50-1.35
Jamie Snowden2-1-2+7.00+5.75
Paul Webber1-1-1+9.00+5.63

Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase over the last 20 renewals is Gavin Sheehan who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Annacotty (2015) and Ga Law (2024).

Here are some of the top Cheltenham Trophy 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
Gavin Sheehan3-2-3+12.00+7.94
Aidan Coleman8-1-3-3.00-2.35
Sam Twiston-Davies7-1-3-1.00+0.80
Charlie Deutsch5-1-1+4.00+0.80
Harry Cobden4-1-2+1.50+0.81
Graham Lee3-1-2+12.00+7.65
Daryl Jacob3-1-2+3.50+2.05
Jamie Bargary2-1-1+11.00+6.50
William Kennedy2-1-1+8.00+4.63
Bryony Frost1-1-1+6.50+4.06

Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +11.00 is when runners had recorded 1 career fall over Jumps (Chase). The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran on Heavy ground when last winning, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-36.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 7 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 5 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 233 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 9 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase:

  • Alflora (2 Wins)
  • Beneficial (2 Wins)
  • Fleetwood (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Hunters Tweed in 2004, winning for P Beaumont at odds of 14/1 under the guidance of Graham Lee. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 4 winning favourites in the race. Ahead of the 2025 Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase why not head over to the best racing tipster page to see what the tipsters are backing today?

Other Principal races at Cheltenham racecourse

Here are some other notable races at the Cheltenham racecourse throughout the racing season that you may be interested in.

Races in January (Festival Trials Day)

Races in January

Races in March (Cheltenham Festival)

Races in April

Races in October

Races in November (November Meeting)

Races in December (Christmas Meeting)

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. 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.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.

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