OLBG Spring Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Spring Trials)

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See which trainers and jockeys have performed well in this fact-packed blog for the OLBG Spring Cup. This is a race that is hosted at Newbury during the Spring Trials with the race being run over a distance of 1m, see which trends the past winners of the OLBG Spring Cup have set for this year.

OLBG Spring Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Spring Trials)
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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 OLBG Spring Cup Preview

Scheduled to take place in April of each year at the Newbury Racecourse is the OLBG Spring Cup which we are very proud to sponsor for the first time in 2024, this class two handicap can attract a large field with normally over twenty runners lining up in the race.

It is open to runners who are aged four or older and is run over a trip of one mile and if you can find the correct runner then you could be rewarded with decent odds.

OLBG Spring Cup Information:

Our dedicated Newbury tips page will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the OLBG Spring Cup but will also have predictions for each meeting at Newbury throughout the season so be sure to head over there. 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 OLBG Spring Cup market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2016 when the race had an over-round of 115%. The race in 2019 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 141%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the OLBG Spring Cup, the over-round has been 131%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £131 which is bet.

OLBG Spring Cup 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 OLBG Spring Cup next time out then you would have backed a total of 1 winner. Backing all 18 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -16.50. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find a bet on the 2025 OLBG Spring Cup.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2023 renewal when Jimi Hendrix from Ralph Beckett under the guidance of Rossa Ryan, won in a time of 1:46.17, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Ayaar, trained by Luca Cumani and ridden by Frankie Dettori set the quickest time of 1:34.41 in the 2015 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run OLBG Spring Cup over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Ayaar (1:34.41) in 2015
  2. Modern News (1:36.74) in 2022
  3. Pinpoint (1:36.92) in 2007

OLBG Spring Cup Past Winners

Here are the OLBG Spring Cup 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 OLBG Spring Cup as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Race Notes: The 2016 renewal was switched to Chelmsford on the all-weather.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
Metal Merchant (IRE)
4yo 8-10 (6 of 21) 12/1
David Probert
Jack Channon (GB)
Jimi Hendrix (IRE)
4yo 9-1 (4 of 10) 9/2
Rossa Ryan
Ralph Beckett (GB)
Modern News (GB)
4yo 9-9 (5 of 17) 5/1
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
Nugget (GB)
4yo 8-9 (2 of 16) 4/1
Ryan Moore
Richard Hannon (GB)
Chatez (IRE)
8yo 9-4 (3 of 26) 16/1
William Buick
Alan King (GB)
Taqdeer (IRE)
5yo 9-1 (16 of 22) 4/1F
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
Banksea (GB)
4yo 9-4 (12 of 21) 9/1
Jamie Spencer
Luca Cumani (GB)
Gabrials Kaka (IRE)
6yo 8-10 (1 of 7) 4/1
Paul Hanagan
Richard Fahey (GB)
Ayaar (IRE)
5yo 8-9 (5 of 22) 7/1
Frankie Dettori
Luca Cumani (GB)
Gabrials Kaka (IRE)
4yo 8-12 (11 of 23) 8/1F
Jamie Spencer
Richard Fahey (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the OLBG Spring Cup have been based:

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 56 placings from 413 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 1 runner

OLBG Spring Cup Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the OLBG Spring Cup over the last 20 renewals is Richard Fahey who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Extraterrestrial (2009) and Gabrials Kaka (2014 & 2016). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the OLBG Spring Cup is Ralph Beckett (2 wins). Two trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the OLBG Spring Cup, Kevin Ryan has sent a total of 12 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst Brian Meehan has sent out 11 without a winner.

Here are some of the top OLBG Spring Cup 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):

Richard Fahey23-3-7+12.00+9.44
Ralph Beckett5-2-2+11.50+5.95
Richard Hannon15-1-4-10.00-5.00
Roger Charlton9-1-5+32.00+24.94
Charles Hills7-1-1+1.00-1.62
Sir Michael Stoute7-1-2-1.50-1.69
John Gosden4-1-2+1.00+1.13
Alan King1-1-1+16.00+10.00
Jack Channon1-1-1+12.00+7.50
Charlie Appleby1-1-1+5.00+3.13

OLBG Spring Cup Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the OLBG Spring Cup over the last 20 renewals is Frankie Dettori who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Fine Silver (2005), Ayaar (2015) and Taqdeer (2018). Other jockeys who have recorded multiple wins in the OLBG Spring Cup are Ryan Moore (2 wins), Jamie Spencer (2 wins) and William Buick (2 wins).

Here are some of the top OLBG Spring Cup 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):

Frankie Dettori8-3-3+15.00+7.51
Ryan Moore15-2-4-4.50-3.69
Jamie Spencer13-2-4+6.00+5.76
William Buick9-2-2+14.00+6.13
Hayley Turner8-1-1+33.00+18.00
David Probert7-1-1+6.00+1.50
Adam Kirby7-1-3+2.00+4.00
Andrea Atzeni6-1-2+5.00+2.31
Nicky Mackay4-1-2+9.00+6.00
William Carson3-1-1+5.00+2.38

OLBG Spring Cup Trend Analysis

The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran on Soft ground when last winning, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-65.

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

  • 2024: Winner in 6 (12,15,8) [21 Runners]
  • 2023: Winner in 4 (12,5) [10 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 5 (10,8,7) [17 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 2 (6,1,5) [16 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 3 (17,2,5) [26 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the OLBG Spring Cup is Doncaster, there has been a total number of 8 winners of this race who ran at Doncaster 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 395 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 19 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the OLBG Spring Cup, that stallion Jeremy has produced 2 winners (2016,2014).

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the OLBG Spring Cup despite multiple attempts:

  • Cape Cross (0 Wins from 13 runners)
  • Dansili (0 Wins from 12 runners)
  • Green Desert (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Dark Angel (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Dubawi (0 Wins from 8 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Brunston in 2010, winning for Roger Charlton at odds of 40/1 under the guidance of Hayley Turner. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 3 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 OLBG Spring Cup.

Other Principal races at Newbury racecourse

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

Races in February

Races in March

Races in April (Spring Trials)

Races in May

Races in July

Races in November

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

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