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This Novices Handicap Chase was introduced into the Festival in 2011 replacing the old Jewson Novices Handicap and also switching to the first day of the Festival.

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CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices´ Handicap Chase Trends

9/10had won over at least 2m 2f
9/10finished either first or second on their last outing
9/10were officially rated 132-142
8/10finished in the top four on all their completed starts over fences
8/10did not win on either of their first two starts over fences
8/10were aged six or seven
7/10had won no more than once over fences


CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices´ Handicap Chase Analysis

We will continue to use the old Jewson Chase trends but we should remain aware that the new race is raced on a different part of the Cheltenham course and as such is over a slightly shorter distance of two and a half miles as opposed to 2m 5f.

The handicap ceiling has also moved down to a maximum of an official rating of 140 (although Hunt Ball managed to exploit the Rules in 2012 to run off 142!) so be aware of that when making your selections as up to 2010 there was no upper ceiling and this may change the viability of the existing trends.

CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices´ Handicap Chase Last Ten Winners

Table below shows the last nine winners of the race, their age/weight at the time of winning, trainer, jockey and odds (starting price).
YearHorseAge/WgtTrainerJockeyPrice
2014Present View6-11-7J SnowdenB Powell8/1
2013Rajdhani Express6-11-7N HendersonMr S Waley-Cohen16/1
2012Hunt Ball7-12-0Keiran BurkeN Schofield13/2F
2011Divers7-11-4F MurphyG Lee10/1
2010Copper Bleu8-11-0P HobbsR Johnson12/1
2009Chapoturgeon5-10-11P NichollsT Murphy8/1
2008Finger On The Pulse7-10-12T TaaffeB Geraghty9/1
2007LAntartique7-10-11F MurphyG Lee20/1
2006Reveillez7-10-11J FanshaweAP McCoy9/2F
2005King Harald7-10-4M BradstockM Batchelor9/1


CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices´ Handicap Chase Preview

This race will always have a very tight look to it now that the race conditions have changed and the whole field are likely to be very closely matched.

One of the old trends where we were looking for a horse with less than eleven stone has definitely gone out the window as every horse in the last four years has carried more than that amount.

It is worth noting that the horse with the highest rating has won this race for two of the last three years.

CHAPS Restaurants Barbados Novices´ Handicap Chase Tips

OLBG tipster NafVertone likes the chances of THOMAS CRAPPER in the novices' handicap chase:

"Thomas Crapper boasts previous festival form having finished second in the Martin Pipe last season. Has been campaigned in a similar fashion this season and boasts some strong chase form with a notable second to the now 162 rated Vibrato Valtat. With a clear round, it is hard to see him out of the money as he looks well handicapped."

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