Scilly Isles Novices Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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We look at the Scilly Isles Novices Chase ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 2m4f at Sandown to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends can you use to find the winner of the Scilly Isles Novices Chase.

Scilly Isles Novices 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 Scilly Isles Novices Chase Preview

Scheduled to take place in early February of each year at the Sandown racecourse is the Scilly Isles Novices Chase, a Grade 1 that is open to runners aged five or older who are novices over fences. It is contested over a distance of just over two miles and four furlongs during which a total of seventeen fences will be faced.

Won by the likes of Best Mate, Oscar Whisky, Bristol De Mai, Defi Du Seuil and Sporting John in the past, this race can throw up a decent future chaser.

Scilly Isles Novices Chase Information:

If you are interested in other predictions at Sandown then head over to the Sandown tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG racing tipsters and also compare those predictions to the runners that make the trend shortlist when added below. 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 Scilly Isles Novices Chase market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2010 when the race had an over-round of 107%. The race in 2011 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 118%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Scilly Isles Novices Chase, the over-round has been 110%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £110 which is bet.

Scilly Isles Novices 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 Scilly Isles Novices 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 -4.25. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Scilly Isles Novices Chase remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2014 renewal when Oscar Whisky from Nicky Henderson under the guidance of Barry Geraghty, won in a time of 5:33.74, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, For Non Stop, trained by Nick Williams and ridden by Noel Fehily set the quickest time of 4:50.90 in the 2012 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Scilly Isles Novices Chase over the last 20 renewals:

  1. For Non Stop (4:50.90) in 2012
  2. Napolitain (5:08.00) in 2006
  3. Medermit (5:09.20) in 2011

Scilly Isles Novices Chase Past Winners

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

YearHorseInfo
2024
5:11.00
Nickle Back (IRE)
8yo 11-7 10/1
James Best
Sarah Humphrey (GB)
2023
5:11.30
Gerri Colombe (FR)
7yo 11-7 10/11F
Jordan Gainford
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
2022
5:19.50
LHomme Presse (FR)
7yo 11-4 8/13F
Charlie Deutsch
Venetia Williams (GB)
2021
5:26.40
Sporting John (IRE)
6yo 11-4 14/1
Richard Johnson
Philip Hobbs (GB)
2020
5:21.85
Itchy Feet (FR)
6yo 11-4 7/1
Gavin Sheehan
Olly Murphy (GB)
2019
5:12.90
Defi Du Seuil (FR)
6yo 11-4 7/2
Barry Geraghty
Philip Hobbs (GB)
2018
5:16.90
Terrefort (FR)
5yo 11-1 15/8F
Daryl Jacob
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2017
5:19.90
Top Notch (FR)
6yo 11-3 11/4
Daryl Jacob
Nicky Henderson (GB)
2016
5:14.65
Bristol De Mai (FR)
5yo 11-0 10/11F
Daryl Jacob
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2015
5:22.40
Gitane Du Berlais (FR)
5yo 10-7 9/2
Daryl Jacob
W P Mullins (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Scilly Isles Novices Chase have been based:

  • GB: 18 winners with an additional 16 placings from 101 runners
  • IRE: 2 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners

Scilly Isles Novices Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Scilly Isles Novices Chase over the last 20 renewals is Nicky Henderson who has won the race five times with those five winners coming from Punchestowns (2010), Captain Conan (2013), Oscar Whisky (2014), Top Notch (2017) and Terrefort (2018). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Scilly Isles Novices Chase are Paul Nicholls (4 wins) and Philip Hobbs (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Scilly Isles Novices 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
Nicky Henderson14-5-9-3.34-0.35
Paul Nicholls21-4-8-10.43-8.83
Philip Hobbs7-2-4+12.50+7.84
Alan King7-1-1-3.50-2.50
Nigel Twiston-Davies5-1-1-3.09-3.00
Nick Williams3-1-1+1.00+0.88
Venetia Williams3-1-2-1.38+0.70
Olly Murphy2-1-1+6.00+3.38
W P Mullins2-1-1+3.50+1.81
Sarah Humphrey1-1-1+10.00+6.25

Scilly Isles Novices Chase Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Scilly Isles Novices Chase over the last 20 renewals is Daryl Jacob who has won the race four times with those four winners coming from Gitane Du Berlais (2015), Bristol De Mai (2016), Top Notch (2017) and Terrefort (2018).

Here are some of the top Scilly Isles Novices 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
Daryl Jacob9-4-4+5.04+1.71
Gavin Sheehan2-1-1+6.00+3.38
Charlie Deutsch2-1-2-0.38+0.70
James Best1-1-1+10.00+6.25
Jordan Gainford1-1-1+0.91+0.57
Harry Cobden5-0-0-5.00-5.00
Nico de Boinville4-0-2-4.00-1.49
Nick Scholfield3-0-1-3.00-1.00
Sam Twiston-Davies3-0-1-3.00-1.27
Jamie Moore2-0-1-2.00+0.38

Scilly Isles Novices Chase Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +14.61 is when runners had never won over further. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners were 4th in the betting market, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-19.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Scilly Isles Novices Chase is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 6 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham 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 100 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 4 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Scilly Isles Novices Chase:

  • Presenting (2 Wins)
  • Saddler Maker (2 Wins)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Sporting John in 2021, winning for Philip Hobbs at odds of 14/1 under the guidance of Richard Johnson. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 11 winning favourites in the race. Remember to bookmark the best racing tipsters page so you can get easy access to the best OLBG racing tipsters.

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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 Scilly Isles Novices 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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