2023 Henry VIII Novices Chase Betting Odds at Sandown Park racecourse

Saturday, 09 December 2023

The favourite to win the Henry VIII Novices' Chase is JPR One, with this horse expected to produce a strong performance over one mile, seven and a half furlongs at Sandown Park Racecourse. Joe Tizzard will have high hopes for his runner, although there is a higher-rated charge in the race and that could see Unexpected Party land a victory.

Colonel Harry has won two of his previous three outings and the Jamie Snowden-trained runner was successful on a recent outing, while Iceo has also been victorious this year. There are sure to be some price boosts available for this Grade One encounter, with the going set to be on the soft side as the runners tackle thirteen fences.

2023 Henry VIII Novices' Chase Tips

JPR One unseated his rider at Cheltenham last month, with the 6/5 favourite in the Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices’ Stakes having been three lengths ahead when stumbling. Perhaps we’ll see the horse return to the winners’ enclosure when it comes to the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, with the runner having performed well at Aintree last spring.

Colonel Harry has been landing wins on a regular basis during his career, with the latest victory coming at Chepstow. That was only against two other runners, with a second-placed finish taking place at Kelso. The horse had previously obliged as strong favourite when scoring at Newcastle in a Novices’ Hurdle encounter.

Iceo raced against JPR One as the 4/6 favourite in a handicap chase at Newton Abbot, although perhaps that was an off day for a horse that had previously performed well. The runner had previously beaten two other opponents in early October, with the most striking victory coming in the Imperial Cup at Sandown back in March.

Unexpected Party was fifth out of fourteen runners when lining up at Cheltenham Racecourse. It was a solid showing in the Paddy Power Gold Cup over two miles and four furlongs, with this encounter taking place on soft ground. The horse was previously victorious at Chepstow over two miles, three and a half furlongs.