Henry VIII Novices' Chase
|Hinterland||Grandouet||Taquin Du Seuil|
|Captain Conan||Hinterland||Third Intention|
|Al Ferof||For Non Stop||Lancetto|
|Somersby||Crack Away Jack||Tchico Polos|
The Henry VIII Novices' Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of about 2 miles (3,219 metres), and during its running there are thirteen fences to be jumped. The race is for novice chasers, and it is scheduled to take place each year in early December.
The event is named after Henry VIII, who commandeered Esher (the location of Sandown Park) as a royal hunting ground in the sixteenth century. In its analysis of the 2007 running, the Racing Post described the Henry VIII Novices' Chase as: "A race that has a very high standing in the calendar thanks to the exploits of past winners and subsequent Grade 1 stars like Direct Route, Decoupage, Fondmort, Impek, Thisthatandtother, Contraband and Racing Demon." It was raised to Grade 1 status in 2011 having previously been contested at Grade 2 level.
Winners since 1988
- Racing Post:
- pedigreequery.com – Henry VIII Novices' Chase – Sandown.