Classic Trial Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Classic Trial Day)

Updated: 514 Horse Racing

We look at the Classic Trial ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 1m2f at Sandown during the Classic Trial 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 Classic Trial.

Classic Trial Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Classic Trial 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 Classic Trial Preview

Established in 1953 with Mountain King winning the inaugural running, the Classic Trial is a Group 3 flat race that is run over one mile, one furlong and two hundred and nine yards and is open to three-year-olds only.

Fillies receive a 3lb allowance whilst Group 1 & Group 2 winners have to shoulder a 4lb penalty, the race can serve as a trial for the Epsom Derby, Benny The Dip was the last runner to win both races back in 1997.

Classic Trial Information:

To see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are tipping throughout the card that includes this race, head over to the Sandown tips on the day of the race, do they agree with the runners on the trend shortlist or are they predicting other runners? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Sandown Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Classic Trial market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2015 when the race had an over-round of 107%. The race in 2008 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 126%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Classic Trial, the over-round has been 112%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £112 which is bet.

Classic Trial 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 Classic Trial next time out then you would have backed a total of 4 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -7.47. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find a bet on the 2025 Classic Trial.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 2:06.70 was set by Berlin Tango in 2020, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by David Probert. The slowest winning time was set in 2012 when Imperial Monarch won in a time of 2:27.86, booked to ride was Joseph O'Brien by the trainer A P O'Brien.

These are the top three quickest-run Classic Trial over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Berlin Tango (2:06.70) in 2020
  2. Primary (2:09.40) in 2006
  3. Bangkok (2:09.43) in 2019

Classic Trial Past Winners

Here are the Classic Trial 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. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Classic Trial as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Race Notes: The 2020 renewal was switched to the Kempton racecourse. Chabal was disqualified from the 2010 renewal and Azmeel was promoted to first after testing positive for a banned substance. The 2023 renewal was abandoned due to unsafe ground.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
2024
2:12.61
Arabian Crown (FR)
3yo 9-3 (9 of 8) 5/6F
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
2022
2:13.53
Westover (GB)
3yo 9-1 (3 of 6) 5/1
Rob Hornby
Ralph Beckett (GB)
2021
2:12.13
Alenquer (FR)
3yo 9-1 (9 of 10) 25/1
Tom Marquand
William Haggas (GB)
2020
2:06.70
Berlin Tango (GB)
3yo 9-1 (6 of 9) 7/1
David Probert
Andrew Balding (GB)
2019
2:09.43
Bangkok (IRE)
3yo 9-1 (4 of 6) 10/11F
Silvestre De Sousa
Andrew Balding (GB)
2018
2:14.13
Sevenna Star (IRE)
3yo 9-1 (9 of 7) 15/8F
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
2017
2:14.33
Cunco (IRE)
3yo 9-1 (3 of 5) 5/1
Robert Tart
John Gosden (GB)
2016
2:11.11
Midterm (GB)
3yo 9-1 (5 of 6) 8/11F
Ryan Moore
Sir Michael Stoute (GB)
2015
2:12.91
Master Ceramibo (IRE)
3yo 9-1 (1 of 4) 12/1
David Probert
Andrew Balding (GB)
2014
2:19.53
Western Hymn (GB)
3yo 9-1 (3 of 6) 1/2F
William Buick
John Gosden (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Classic Trial have been based:

  • GB: 17 winners with an additional 23 placings from 120 runners
  • IRE: 3 winners with an additional 2 placings from 14 runners

Classic Trial Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Classic Trial over the last 20 renewals is John Gosden who has won the race five times with those five winners coming from Centennial (2008), Azmeel (2010), Western Hymn (2014), Cunco (2017) and Sevenna Star (2018). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Classic Trial are Andrew Balding (3 wins) and William Haggas (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Classic Trial 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
John Gosden16-5-8+3.26+2.53
Andrew Balding7-3-5+15.91+6.15
William Haggas5-2-3+26.00+15.80
A P O'Brien9-1-2-6.62-6.25
Charlie Appleby6-1-5-4.17-0.29
Ralph Beckett5-1-3+1.00+2.18
Peter Chapple-Hyam4-1-3+0.50+1.54
Michael Bell3-1-1+3.50+1.30
Sir Michael Stoute3-1-1-1.27-1.54
David Simcock4-0-2-4.00-0.12

Classic Trial Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Classic Trial over the last 20 renewals is William Buick who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Azmeel (2010), Western Hymn (2014) and Arabian Crown (2024). Other jockeys who have recorded multiple wins in the Classic Trial are Frankie Dettori (2 wins) and David Probert (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Classic Trial 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
William Buick10-3-6-0.17+1.16
Frankie Dettori13-2-4-3.62-3.93
David Probert4-2-3+17.00+5.83
Ryan Moore12-1-2-10.27-7.79
Jamie Spencer7-1-3-1.50-0.52
Tom Marquand4-1-2+22.00+13.30
Rob Hornby1-1-1+5.00+3.13
Robert Tart1-1-1+5.00+3.13
Chris Hayes1-1-1+4.00+2.50
Jimmy Quinn1-1-1+3.50+2.19

Classic Trial Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +48.09 is when runners ran on Soft ground last time out. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran on Standard ground last time out, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-32.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2024: Winner in 9 (2,1) [8 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 3 (5) [6 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 9 (1,6) [10 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 6 (11,4) [9 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 4 (2) [6 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Classic Trial is Newbury, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Newbury last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Saint-Cloud, there has been a total number of 3 winners of this race who ran at Saint-Cloud last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 130 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 4 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Classic Trial:

  • Frankel (2 Wins)
  • Galileo (2 Wins)
  • High Chaparral (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Alenquer in 2021, winning for William Haggas at odds of 25/1 under the guidance of Tom Marquand. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 7 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Classic Trial head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today.

Other Principal races at Sandown racecourse

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

Races in January

Races in February

Races in March

Races in April (Classic Trial Day)

Races in April (Jump Finale)

Races in July

Races in December

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Classic Trial Preview are at hand, Andy 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 Flat Racing.

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.
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 flat racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful flat racing blogs for OLBG.

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