Swinley Handicap Chase Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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Contested over a distance of 3m is the Swinley Handicap Chase which is scheduled to take place at Ascot. Below we have detailed past winners along with both trainer and jockey records in the race and see which trends have been set based on past winners of the Swinley Handicap Chase.

Swinley Handicap 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 Swinley Handicap Chase Preview

Scheduled to take place in February of each year at the Ascot Racecourse is the Swinley Handicap Chase, a race that is contested over just shy of three miles (two miles and seven and a half furlongs) during which the runners will face a total of twenty fences making it a real jumping test. The race is now classed as a Premier Handicap and although first run in 2011, the race is the Whitbread Trial rebranded, which was first run in 1966.

Swinley Handicap Chase Information:

Our dedicated Ascot tips page will not only bring you predictions from the OLBG racing tipsters for the upcoming card that includes the Swinley Handicap Chase but will also have predictions for each meeting at Ascot 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 Ascot Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Swinley Handicap Chase market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 14 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2015 when the race had an over-round of 110%. The race in 2023 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 123%, whilst on average over the last 14 renewals of the Swinley Handicap Chase, the over-round has been 115%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £115 which is bet.

Swinley Handicap Chase Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 14 if you had followed the winner of the Swinley Handicap Chase next time out then you would have backed a total of 1 winner. Backing all 12 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -10.38. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Swinley Handicap Chase see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

Over the last 14 renewals, it was the Venetia Williams trained Calipto ridden by Charlie Deutsch who set the fastest winning time in the Swinley Handicap Chase, the runner won the race in a time of 6:00.40 was set when winning the race in 2019. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Henry Daly and jockey Hugh Nugent with Fortescue who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 6:34.89 in the 2022 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Swinley Handicap Chase over the last 14 renewals:

  1. Calipto (6:00.40) in 2019
  2. Massinis Maguire (6:00.70) in 2012
  3. Tenor Nivernais (6:05.60) in 2017

Swinley Handicap Chase Past Winners

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

YearHorseInfo
2024
6:07.23
Threeunderthrufive (IRE)
9yo 12-0 5/1
Harry Cobden
Paul Nicholls (GB)
2023
6:08.18
Cap Du Nord (FR)
10yo 10-8 11/2
Jack Tudor
Christian Williams (GB)
2022
6:34.89
Fortescue (GB)
8yo 10-7 7/1
Hugh Nugent (5lbs)
Henry Daly (GB)
2021
6:22.04
Captain Chaos (IRE)
10yo 10-9 10/1
Harry Skelton
Dan Skelton (GB)
2020
6:23.25
Ballyoptic (IRE)
10yo 11-10 8/1
Sam Twiston-Davies
Nigel Twiston-Davies (GB)
2019
6:00.40
Calipto (FR)
9yo 10-8 15/2
Charlie Deutsch
Venetia Williams (GB)
2018
6:15.10
Regal Encore (IRE)
10yo 11-5 6/1
Richie McLernon
Anthony Honeyball (GB)
2017
6:05.60
Tenor Nivernais (FR)
10yo 11-7 6/1
Liam Treadwell
Venetia Williams (GB)
2016
6:15.60
Sausalito Sunrise (IRE)
8yo 11-10 3/1
Tom O'Brien
Philip Hobbs (GB)
2015
6:11.10
Caroles Destrier (GB)
7yo 11-0 5/4F
Barry Geraghty
Neil Mulholland (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

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

  • GB: 14 winners with an additional 22 placings from 117 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 1 placing from 1 runner

Swinley Handicap Chase Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Swinley Handicap Chase over the last 14 renewals is Venetia Williams who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Tenor Nivernais (2017) and Calipto (2019).

Here are some of the top Swinley Handicap Chase trainer statistics over the last 14 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
Venetia Williams14-2-2+1.50-3.75
Nigel Twiston-Davies10-1-1-1.00-4.20
Paul Nicholls8-1-3-2.00-0.78
Philip Hobbs8-1-2-4.00-3.52
Anthony Honeyball7-1-4+0.00+2.60
David Pipe6-1-3+4.00+3.25
Gary Moore4-1-1-0.25-1.35
Dan Skelton3-1-2+8.00+5.00
Henry Daly3-1-2+5.00+4.50
Alex Hales2-1-1+6.00+3.20

Swinley Handicap Chase Jockey Statistics

Here are some of the top Swinley Handicap Chase jockey statistics over the last 14 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
Sam Twiston-Davies7-1-1+2.00-1.20
Richie McLernon5-1-4+2.00+4.60
Charlie Deutsch3-1-1+5.50+2.50
Harry Skelton2-1-2+9.00+6.00
Harry Cobden2-1-1+4.00+2.00
Hugh Nugent1-1-1+7.00+4.20
Jack Tudor1-1-1+5.50+3.44
Aidan Coleman5-0-1-5.00-3.87
Daryl Jacob3-0-1-3.00-1.90
Sean Bowen3-0-1-3.00-2.00

Swinley Handicap Chase Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 7+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +25.50 is when runners were aged 10. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 0 career places over the trip, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-35.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Swinley Handicap Chase is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 5 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out.

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

  • Getaway (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Pistolet Bleu (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 14 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Captain Chaos in 2021, winning for Dan Skelton at odds of 10/1 under the guidance of Harry Skelton. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 14 renewals there have been 2 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Swinley Handicap Chase head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today.

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Swinley Handicap Chase Preview, Tips, Runners and Trends are at hand, Darren 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 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.
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.

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