Newbury 15.15 Racing Odds February 29 – Nicholls can dominate favourite race again with 10/1 chance

San Benedeto super value for Greatwood Gold Cup encore

Horse Racing Betting

The Grade 3 William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase has been a benefit for the Paul Nicholls stable over the last few years and the Ditcheat handler is mob-handed again as he bids to record an eight win in the last 11 renewals.

William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase Recent Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Age Weight Odds Rating
2008 Natal Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls 7 10-1 3/1 139
2009 New Little Bric Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls 8 10-2 14/1 133
2010 Big Fella Thanks Barry Geraghty Paul Nicholls 8 11-1 8/1 146
2011 Fine Parchment Peter Toole Charlie Mann 8 10-4 12/1 130
2012 Aerial Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls 6 11-3 10/3 149
2013 Pacha Du Polder Ryan Mahon Paul Nicholls 6 11-0 18/1 145
2014 Shangani Tom Scudamore Venetia Williams 8 10-12 3/1 132
2015 Sound Investment Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls 7 11-12 7/2 149
2016 Sametegal Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls 7 11-3 7/1 143
2017 Thomas Crapper Charlie Poste Robin Dickin 10 10-2 8/1 128
2018 -Abandoned-
2019 San Benedeto Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls 8 11-5 11/1 147


91 per cent of the last 11 winners were aged between six and eight.
91 per cent of the last 11 winners had run in the previous five weeks.
91 per cent of the last 11 winners had run at least eight times over fences.
91 per cent of the last 11 winners had run at least three times that season.
82 per cent of the last 11 winners were rated 132 or higher.
73 per cent of the last 11 winners had run previously at Newbury.
Horse Racing Betting at William Hill

William Hill Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase Current Best Odds

Mont Des Avaloirs 11/2
Bennys King 7/1
Secret Investor and Enrichissant 9/1
Clondaw Castle and San Benedeto 10/1
Domaine De L’Isle, Gala Ball and Not Another Muddle 12/1
Drumcliff and Bags Groove 14/1
Tiquer 16/1
Valdez 20/1
(Odds correct at 17.45 February 28)


San Benedeto


Avaloirs steps out of the novice ranks

Mont Des Avaloirs has only won four times over fences and has yet to win.
It’s a slight surprise that he’s at the head of the market at 11/2 with the sponsors as he hasn’t really looked a natural over fences so far and his trainer has similar claims with a could of more experienced chasers.

King looking to reign at Newbury again

Bennys King has already won at Newbury this season and ran well for second last time at Ascot.
However, a drop back in trip is a bit of a worry, though the stamina-sapping ground could negate that.
Dan Skelton’s gelding is a little outside the ideal ranger but this may not be a typical renewal on account of the going and he shouldn’t be far away at the general 7/1.

Improving Enrichassant faces acid test

Having run only three times over fences, Enrichassant may be open to more improvement that most.
He was a wide-margin winner recently at Huntingdon but this is a huge step up in class for the six-year-old, who may lack the required experience to win a race like this. A best 9/1 is giving nothing away.

Investor looking to raise his stock

A Grade 2 winner as a novice last season, Secret Investor has twice placed at that level this season.
There is a feeling that he may be best in small fields, however, and he’s giving weight to some tough performers here on ground that may be more testing than ideal. He’s a general 9/1 to extend his traner’s brilliant record in this race.

Repeat may be on the cards for Benedeto

San Benedeto won the Greatwood Gold Cup last year when carrying only 3lb less.
Taking into account Bryan Carver’s claim, he is remarkably well treated as he seeks a repeat performance.
There is a slight doubt about really heavy going but he has produced the goods on soft ground before and his last seven runs have been over 2m4f or further so stamina shouldn’t be an issue.
Available at 10/1, there are much worse bets in the race which looks to have been a long-term target given he’s only had two low-key runs so far this season.

Best Of The Rest

Gala Ball and Tiquer are both Newbury specialists.
The former is 12/1 with Betvictor while the latter is a general 16/1, though is a little long in the tooth nowadays.
Domaine De L’Isle was improving prior to Ascot and could outrun odds of 12/1 with Bet365 if forgiven his latest effort. Warwick winner Clondaw Castle is a best 10/1 with the same firm, in which he beat Gala Ball.
It’s a surprise that Not Another Muddle is only a best 12/1 as he has yet to prove he stays beyond 2m and connections have chosen a tough race in which to make his reappearance.

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