De Rasher Counter and Ben Jones wins the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury for trainer Emma Lavelle. 30/11/2019 Pic Steve Davies/Racingfotos.com

2025 Denman Chase Trends

Staged at Newbury racecourse the Betfair-sponsored Denman Chase is a Grade Two race that is run in February each year.

First run in 2000, the Denman Chase is always a hotly-contested race that is run over a trip of 3 miles, and over the years has provided plenty of clues ahead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Four horses have won this race before going onto land the Cheltenham Gold Cup that same season – Kauto Star (2007), Denman (2008), Coneygree (2015) & Native River (2018).

In 2017 – Native River won the Denman Chase before running third in the Gold Cup, but in 2018 he went one better after landing both the Denman Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The race was upgraded to Listed status in 2002 and then promoted further in 2003 to a Grade Two – which it remains at today.

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The contest was originally sponsored by the Aon Group, but in 2012 leading betting exchange – Betfair – took over the sponsorship mantle, and in the process also renamed the race the ‘Denman Chase’ in honour of the 2008 winner.

Since 2000 leading National Hunt trainer – Paul Nicholls – has won the race 10 times - including again in 2021 when his Secret Investor won for jockey Bryony Frost.

Last year in 2024, the Nicky Henderson-trained Shishkin won the race under jockey Nico De Boinville.

Here at GeeGeez, we look back at recent winners of the race and highlight the key stats ahead of the 2025 renewal – this year staged on Saturday 8th February.

Recent Denman Chase Winners

2024 - Shishkin (8/11 fav)
2023 – Zanza (16/1)
2022 – Eldorado Allen (6/1)
2021 - Secret Investor (14/1)
2020 – Native River (2/5 fav)
2019 – Clan Des Obeaux (2/5 fav)
2018 – Native River (8/11)
2017 – Native River (11/10)
2016 - Houblon des Obeaux (3/1)
2015 – Coneygree (15/8 fav)
2014 – Harry Topper (7/2)
2013 – Silviniaco Conti (8/11 fav)
2012 – Long Run (4/7 fav)
2011 – Noland (13/2)
2010 – Tricky Trickster (8/1)
2009 – Madison du Berlais (12/1)
2008 – Denman (1/4 fav)
2007 – Kauto Star (2/9 fav)

Denman Chase Trends

17/21 – Had won over at least 3m (fences) before
17/21 – Rated 150+
16/21 – Had won at least 4 times over fences (UK) before
16/21 – Placed favourites
16/21 – Ran within the last 7 weeks
15/21 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
13/21 – Aged 8 or younger
12/21 – Had won over fences at Newbury before
12/20 – Winners that went onto race in that season’s Gold Cup (4 winners)
12/21 – Raced at either Cheltenham or Kempton last time out
9/21 – Irish bred
8/21 – Won last time out
8/21 – Winning favourites
8/21 – Trained by Paul Nicholls (10 wins in total)
7/21 – French bred
6/21 – Winning distance – ¾ length or less
5/21 – Returned a double-figure price
4/20 – Winners that went onto win the Gold Cup (Coneygree, Denman, Kauto Star & Native River)
4/21 – Trained by Colin Tizzard (4 of the last 8)
2/21 – Won by the Pipe stable
2/21 - Trained by Nicky Henderson (3 in total)
7 of the last 18 winners were aged 7 years-old
The average SP in the last 18 runnings is 4/1

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