Scottish Champion Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Scottish Cheltenham Trials)

Updated: 93 Horse Racing

See which trainers and jockeys have performed well in this fact-packed blog for the Scottish Champion Chase. This is a race that is hosted at Musselburgh with the race being run over a distance of 2m, see which trends the past winners of the Scottish Champion Chase have set for this year.

Scottish Champion Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Scottish Cheltenham 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 Scottish Champion Chase Preview

Established in 2011, the Scottish Champion Chase is scheduled to take place in February of each year at the Musselburgh Racecourse with the winner being presented with the Bowes-Lyon Trophy.

The race is contested over two miles and despite being only a class two race does attract some decent types, it has been won in the past by the likes of Tara Royal, ifandbutwhynot, San Benedeto and Greaneteen.

Scottish Champion Chase Information:

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

How competitive is the Scottish Champion Chase market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 13 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2018 when the race had an over-round of 108%. The race in 2012 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 123%, whilst on average over the last 13 renewals of the Scottish Champion Chase, the over-round has been 114%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £114 which is bet.

Scottish Champion Chase Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 13 if you had followed the winner of the Scottish Champion Chase next time out then you would have backed a total of 3 winners. Backing all 12 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +2.23. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find a bet on the 2025 Scottish Champion Chase.

The runner that holds the record over the past 13 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2024 renewal when Corrigeen Rock from Lucinda Russell under the guidance of Derek Fox, won in a time of 5:10.90, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Ifandbutwhynot, trained by David O'Meara and ridden by A P McCoy set the quickest time of 3:51.20 in the 2015 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Scottish Champion Chase over the last 13 renewals:

  1. Ifandbutwhynot (3:51.20) in 2015
  2. San Benedeto (3:52.00) in 2017
  3. Pay The Piper (3:52.20) in 2023

Scottish Champion Chase Past Winners

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

YearHorseInfo
2024
5:10.90
Corrigeen Rock (IRE)
7yo 10-11 11/2
Derek Fox
Lucinda Russell (GB)
2023
3:52.20
Pay The Piper (IRE)
8yo 11-9 3/1F
Danny McMenamin
Ann Hamilton (GB)
2022
4:03.32
Cedar Hill (IRE)
8yo 11-1 11/2
Conor O'Farrell
Sandy Thomson (GB)
2021
4:02.00
Ruinous (IRE)
6yo 10-7 6/1
Harry Reed
Tim Reed (GB)
2020
3:55.50
Greaneteen (FR)
6yo 11-10 6/4F
Bryony Frost
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2018
4:00.70
Marracudja (FR)
7yo 11-7 15/8F
Bryony Frost (5lbs)
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2017
3:52.00
San Benedeto (FR)
6yo 11-12 2/1
Sam Twiston-Davies
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2016
4:01.60
Chestnut Ben (IRE)
11yo 9-12 18/1
Ryan Winks (7lbs)
Peter Winks (GB)
2015
3:51.20
Ifandbutwhynot (IRE)
9yo 11-4 7/4F
A P McCoy
David O'Meara (GB)
2014
3:55.90
Swift Arrow (IRE)
8yo 11-4 22/1
Henry Brooke
Donald McCain (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

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

  • GB: 13 winners with an additional 20 placings from 103 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 3 runners

Scottish Champion Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Scottish Champion Chase over the last 13 renewals is Paul Nicholls who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from San Benedeto (2017), Marracudja (2018) and Greaneteen (2020). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the Scottish Champion Chase is Donald McCain (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Scottish Champion Chase trainer statistics over the last 13 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 Nicholls6-3-5+2.38+2.28
Donald McCain10-2-3+19.50+10.57
Lucinda Russell11-1-3-4.50-2.30
Brian Ellison9-1-1-4.67-5.92
Sandy Thomson2-1-1+4.50+2.44
Ann Hamilton2-1-1+2.00+0.80
Peter Winks1-1-1+18.00+10.80
Ed de Giles1-1-1+6.50+3.90
Tim Reed1-1-1+6.00+3.60
David O'Meara1-1-1+1.75+1.05

Scottish Champion Chase Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Scottish Champion Chase over the last 13 renewals is Bryony Frost who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Marracudja (2018) and Greaneteen (2020).

Here are some of the top Scottish Champion Chase jockey statistics over the last 13 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
Bryony Frost2-2-2+3.38+2.08
Henry Brooke4-1-1+19.00+10.75
Derek Fox4-1-1+2.50+0.30
Danny Cook3-1-1+1.33+0.08
Conor O'Farrell2-1-1+4.50+2.44
Danny McMenamin2-1-1+2.00+0.80
Felix De Giles1-1-1+6.50+3.90
Harry Reed1-1-1+6.00+3.60
Sam Twiston-Davies1-1-1+2.00+1.25
Brian Hughes7-0-1-7.00-5.30

Scottish Champion Chase Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 7+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +47.83 is when runners had 1 place in the past 90 days. 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 0-22.

The courses that have produced the most winners of the Scottish Champion Chase are Musselburgh and Doncaster, there has been a total number of 2 winners from each of those courses.

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Scottish Champion Chase despite multiple attempts:

  • Beneficial (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Jeune Homme (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 13 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Swift Arrow in 2014, winning for Donald McCain at odds of 22/1 under the guidance of Henry Brooke. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 13 renewals there have been 4 winning favourites in the race. Ahead of the 2025 Scottish Champion Chase why not head over to the best racing tipster page to see what the tipsters are backing today?

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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 Scottish Champion 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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