Denman Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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We look at the Denman Chase ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m7½f at Newbury to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends can you use to find the winner of the Denman Chase.

Denman Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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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 Denman Chase Preview

The race was originally known as the Aon Chase, however, since 2012 the race has been named in honour of 'The Tank' and called the Denman Chase. This Grade 2 is open to runners aged five or older with the runners facing a total of eighteen fences during the two miles, seven and a half furlongs distance.

The race serves as a trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a race the great Denman won in 2008, he also won this race in the same year. Native River won this race in 2018 and then went on to win the Gold Cup, a feat also achieved by Coneygree (2015), the already mentioned Denman (2008) and Kauto Star (2007).

Denman Chase Information:

To see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are tipping throughout the card that includes this race, head over to the Newbury 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 Newbury Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Denman Chase market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2017 when the race had an over-round of 107%. The race in 2013 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 116%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Denman Chase, the over-round has been 111%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £111 which is bet.

Denman 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 Denman Chase next time out then you would have backed a total of 5 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +6.50. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Denman Chase remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the Philip Hobbs trained Zanza ridden by Tom O'Brien who set the fastest winning time in the Denman Chase, the runner won the race in a time of 5:34.50 was set when winning the race in 2023. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer David Pipe and jockey Tom Scudamore with Madison Du Berlais who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 6:27.69 in the 2009 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Denman Chase over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Zanza (5:34.50) in 2023
  2. Long Run (5:42.53) in 2012
  3. Eldorado Allen (5:50.90) in 2022

Denman Chase Past Winners

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

Race Notes: Cancelled in 2006 due to frost, run at Kempton in 2009 and run at Ascot in 2019.

YearHorseInfo
2024
6:00.00
Shishkin (IRE)
10yo 11-8 8/11F
Nico de Boinville
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2023
5:34.50
Zanza (IRE)
9yo 11-2 16/1
Tom O'Brien
Philip Hobbs (GB)
2022
5:50.90
Eldorado Allen (FR)
8yo 11-6 6/1
Brendan Powell
Colin Tizzard (GB)
2021
5:57.76
Secret Investor (GB)
9yo 11-0 14/1
Bryony Frost
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2020
5:56.45
Native River (IRE)
10yo 11-6 2/5F
Jonjo O'Neill Jr
Colin Tizzard (GB)
2019
5:59.70
Clan Des Obeaux (FR)
7yo 11-6 2/5F
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2018
6:11.70
Native River (IRE)
8yo 11-6 8/11F
Richard Johnson
Colin Tizzard (GB)
2017
6:05.00
Native River (IRE)
7yo 11-6 11/10
Aidan Coleman
Colin Tizzard (GB)
2016
6:17.40
Houblon Des Obeaux (FR)
9yo 11-0 3/1
Aidan Coleman
Venetia Williams (GB)
2015
5:54.60
Coneygree (GB)
8yo 11-5 15/8F
Richard Johnson
Mark Bradstock (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Denman Chase have been based:

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 18 placings from 114 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 1 runner

Denman Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Denman Chase over the last 20 renewals is Paul Nicholls who has won the race seven times with those seven winners coming from Kauto Star (2007), Denman (2008), Tricky Trickster (2010), Noland (2011), Silviniaco Conti (2013), Clan Des Obeaux (2019) and Secret Investor (2021). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Denman Chase are Nicky Henderson (2 wins) and Philip Hobbs (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Denman 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 Nicholls26-7-15+11.10+8.50
Nicky Henderson9-2-4-5.70-2.59
Philip Hobbs4-2-3+26.00+16.40
David Pipe6-1-1+7.00+3.50
Venetia Williams6-1-3-2.00-1.45
Kim Bailey5-1-1-0.50-1.81
Mark Bradstock2-1-1+0.88+0.18
Nigel Twiston-Davies8-0-0-8.00-5.00
David Bridgwater4-0-2-4.00-1.27
Jonjo O'Neill3-0-1-3.00-2.41

Denman Chase Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Denman Chase over the last 20 renewals is Aidan Coleman who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Houblon Des Obeaux (2016) and Native River (2017).

Here are some of the top Denman 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
Aidan Coleman4-2-3+2.10+0.80
Harry Cobden6-1-5-4.60-0.44
Nico de Boinville4-1-1-2.27-1.54
Brendan Powell3-1-1+4.00+1.75
Bryony Frost1-1-1+14.00+8.75
Jonjo O'Neill Jr1-1-1+0.40+0.25
Sam Twiston-Davies6-0-0-6.00-3.00
Daryl Jacob5-0-1-5.00-3.34
Charlie Deutsch3-0-1-3.00-2.25
Harry Skelton3-0-1-3.00-2.40

Denman Chase Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +49.01 is when runners had a best in five result of 1st. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 0 career wins on the going, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-18.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Denman Chase is Kempton, there has been a total number of 7 winners of this race who ran at Kempton last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Denman Chase, that stallion Indian River has produced 4 winners (2020,2018,2017,2009).

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have been disappointed with multiple attempts but no wins in the Denman Chase, that stallion is Black Sam Bellamy 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 Shooting Light in 2004, winning for M C Pipe at odds of 33/1 under the guidance of Richard Johnson. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 9 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Denman Chase remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

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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 Denman Chase Preview are at hand, Andy Powell and Darren Brett. 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.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

A seasoned veteran in the industry, Darren's profound knowledge and unparalleled expertise in horse racing truly come to the fore during the National Hunt season. In addition to his contribution to our Horse racing previews here on OLBG, he also holds the reins for grand-national-guide.co.uk
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy has one of the greatest horse racing results and ratings databases known to man, all of his own creation. with 20 years of collating and following form, ratings and trends, he adds another layer of knowledge to our race previews.

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