Grade Two Denman Chase 2024 Guide

Alex Dudley | @@Alex_Dudz_

Newbury - February 10 2024
Newbury 14:05
1
Harry Skelton

Protektorat

J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-8
OR: 165
Days: 20

Protektorat will line up for trainer Dan Skelton in the Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday. The nine-year-old has been below his usual high standards this term, but he looked somewhere back to his best when finishing two lengths behind L’Homme Presse in the Fleur De Lys Chase last month.

He is without a victory since landing the G1 Betfair Chase at Haydock in November 2022, but he is the likely danger to the market leader this year. Protektorat acts on soft, and he could be a good measuring stick in the Gold Cup picture on Saturday.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/02/24NBY23.5Hy11-83
21/01/24LIN22Sft11-102
16/12/23CHL26Sft12-03
25/11/23HAY25.5Sft11-104
17/03/23CHL26.5Sft11-105
Newbury - February 10 2024
Newbury 14:05
2
Nico de Boinville

Shishkin

J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-8
OR: 173
Days: 46

Nicky Henderson’s Gold Cup hope will be in action this weekend, as Shishkin makes his return to the track following his dramatic error in the G1 King George on Boxing Day.

It’s unknown whether he would have gone on to win that day, but he is yet to complete a race in two attempts this term following his refusal at Ascot in the G2 1965 Chase. He was a winner over hurdles on his last start at Newbury, and the Nico de Boinville runner will likely need to make a very positive impression this weekend if he is to emerge as a Gold Cup player.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/02/24NBY23.5Hy11-81
26/12/23KEM24Gd11-10UR
25/11/23ASC21Gd11-10RR
13/04/23AIN25GS11-101
16/03/23CHL20.5Sft11-102
Newbury - February 10 2024
Newbury 14:05
3
David Bass

Does He Know

J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-6
OR: 152
Days: 20

Does He Know is the runner for Kim Bailey this weekend, with David Bass taking the ride. He was last seen finishing 24 lengths behind L’Homme Presse in the Fleur De Lys Chase, leaving him with something to find on Protektorat on that form.

He has won four from ten starts over fences, with his latest win coming at Cheltenham over an extended three miles and three furlongs. He was third on his last start at Newbury behind Zanza in the G2 Denman Chase last year. Has a lot to find on ratings in this company.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/01/24LIN22Sft11-64
26/12/23WET24Sft12-0PU
11/02/23NBY23.5Gd11-63
13/11/22CHL27.5Gd12-01
22/10/22KEL26GS11-8F
Newbury - February 10 2024
Newbury 14:05
4
Harry Cobden

Hitman

J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-2
OR: 152
Days: 14

Hitman is the runner from the Paul Nicholls yard this weekend, with the in-form Harry Cobden taking the ride. The eight-year-old was slightly disappointing on his return to the track following a length layoff after wind surgery in late January, finishing ninth of 13 in a handicap chase.

He is becoming slightly expensive to follow after winning three from 17 career starts over fences, but he has finished outside the first three on just five occasions. Hitman could be the most likely runner to follow the top two in the betting home on Saturday.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/02/24NBY23.5Hy11-22
27/01/24CHL20.5GS11-99
29/10/23AIN20GS11-1211
14/04/23AIN20Sft11-106
16/03/23CHL20.5Sft11-103
Newbury - February 10 2024
Newbury 14:05
5
Jonathan Burke

Sam Brown

J: Jonathan Burke
T: Anthony Honeyball
N/A
Age: 12
Weight: 11-2
OR: 152
Days: 28

The field is rounded off by Sam Brown this weekend, who is the runner for Anthony Honeyball. The 12-year-old will have Jonathan Burke aboard, and he could be worth a second look after impressing in a competitive race on his previous start.

Sam Brown finished strongly in the Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Warwick, finishing nearly three lengths clear of Aye Right. That was a solid return to form, but he is thrown back into the deep end this weekend with proven graded performers.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/02/24NBY23.5Hy11-24
13/01/24WAR24Sft11-81
15/12/23CHL20.5Sft12-05
11/11/23WCN25GS11-8PU
29/04/23PUN24Gd/Y11-7F