Staged at Leopardstown racecourse, Ireland, the Grade One Christmas Chase, formerly the Lexus Chase, is run over a distance of 3m and is often seen as a decent guide ahead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, run later that season – backed up in 2011 when Synchronised who following his Lexus Chase win with victory in the Gold Cup just over 2 months later.
Other great names in recent years to land both races are Denman (2007/08) and Best Mate (2003/04), while considering the contest is staged in Ireland we’ve actually seen 8 UK-based horses come over and win the prize in the last 16 years.
Here at JUICESTORM we take a look back at recent winners and gives you the key trends ahead of the 2018 renewal – this year run on Thursday 27th December.
Recent Christmas Chase Winners
2016 – OUTLANDER
2015 – DON POLI
2014 – ROAD TO RICHES
2013 – BOBS WORTH
2012 – TIDAL BAY
2011 – SYNCHRONISED
2010 – PANDORAMA
2009 – WHAT A FRIEND
2008 – EXOTIC DANCER
2007 – DENMAN
2006 – THE LISTENER
2005 – BEEF OR SALMON
2004 – BEEF OR SALMON
2003 – BEST MATE
2002 – BEEF OR SALMON
Key Christmas Chase Betting Trends
15/16 – Returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
15/16 – Placed in the top 3 last time out
15/16 – Had won at least 3 times over fences before
14/16 – Won by an Irish bred horse
14/16 – Aged 8 or younger
14/16 – Had raced within the last 6 weeks
12/16 – Had won over at least 3m (fences) before
11/16 – Placed favourites
10/16 – Aged either 7 or 8 years-old
8/16 – Won by a UK-based stable
8/16 – Winning distance – 4 lengths or more
6/16 – Winning favourites
5/16 – Won last time out
4/16 – Ran at Haydock last time out
3/16 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
3/16 – Went onto win that season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup
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