Kempton 15.35 Racing Odds February 22 – Black Corton available at 8/1

Corton and Bryony can make it a Black day for bookmakers

Horse Racing Betting

The Grade 3 Betway Handicap Chase at Kempton is the big betting race on this storm-affected Saturday and is on a card that also features three Grade 2 races which should provide a few final pointers for next month’s Cheltenham Festival.

Horse Racing Betting at BetVictor

Betdaq Handicap Chase History and Trends

First run in 1949 but it wasn’t until the Racing Post took over sponsorship of this race in 1988 that prize money of this handicap improved significantly.

Run over 3m, the race features 18 fences at Kempton and has become an established Grand National Trial. Rhyme ‘N Reason, in 1988, and Rough Quest, in 1996, both won the Racing Post Chase before winning at Aintree. The now-defunct BetBright sponsored the race between 2014 and 2017 before Betdaq’s name appeared in the race title in 2018. Betway are now helping fund the race which is worth £56,950 to the winner.

Two chasers have won the Betway Handicap Chase twice – Docklands Express and Nacarat.

Betway Handicap Chase Recent Winners

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer
2000 Gloria Victis 6 11–10 Richard Johnson Martin Pipe
2001 Young Spartacus 8 11-03 Richard Johnson Henry Daly
2002 Gunther McBride 7 10-03 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2003 La Landiere 8 11-07 Warren Marston Richard Phillips
2004 Marlborough 12 11–12 Ruby Walsh Nicky Henderson
2005 Farmer Jack 9 11–12 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2006 Innox [b] 10 11-00 AP McCoy François Doumen
2007 Simon 8 11-05 Andrew Thornton John Spearing
2008 Gungadu 8 11–12 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 Nacarat 8 10–13 AP McCoy Tom George
2010 Razor Royale 8 10-05 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2011 Quinz 7 11-00 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
2012 Nacarat 11 11-08 Paddy Brennan Tom George
2013 Opening Batsman 7 10-05 Noel Fehily Harry Fry
2014 Bally Legend 9 10–12 Ian Popham Caroline Keevil
2015 Rocky Creek 9 11–11 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2016 Theatre Guide 9 10-06 Paddy Brennan Colin Tizzard
2017 Pilgrims Bay 7 10-02 James Best Neil Mulholland
2018 Master Dee 9 11-05 Barry Geraghty Fergal O’Brien
2019 Walt 8 10-06 Sam Twiston-Davies Neil Mulholland
  • Chasers officially rated 139 or higher have won 13 of the last 16 renewals.
  • 10 of the last 11 winners have been aged 7-9.
  • 10 of the last 11 winners had won less than four times over fences previously.
  • Kempton is a flat, easy course so winning form over 3m isn’t necessary.
  • Recent placed form is usually a good pointer.

Betway Handicap Chase Current Best Odds

Adrien Du Pont 5/1
Just A Sting 13/2
Black Corton 8/1
Double Shuffle 9/1
Whatmore and Kildisart 10/1
Talkischeap, Dashing Perk and Sametegal 12/1
Highway One O One 14/1
Crievehill and Mister Malarky 16/1
Azzerti and Romain De Senam 25/1
(Odds correct at 13.40 February 21)

Sting’s Kempton record in the spotlight

Just A Sting was a winner over the course and distance of the Betway Handicap Chase on his latest start.
He’d finished second on his only previous start at Kempton and Harry Fry’s charge has now won three of his seven races over fences.
Still at the right end of the handicap, the eight-year-old may again beat old rivals Highway One O One and Sametegal and can be caked at 13/2 with Bet365.

Kildisart looking to recapture last season’s form

Kildisart won three times last season between 2m4f at 3m1f.
He’s found life tough this term but slips further down the weights and has won at Kempton over hurdles – the general 10/1 looks viable.

Has Adrien been readied to take advantage of a lenient handicap mark?

Paul Nicholls is responsible for four of the 14 declared runners in this year’s Betway Handicap Chase.
Stable jockey Harry Cobden is on board Adrien Du Pont and it’s no surprise to see his mount near the head of the betting market.
A winner at Kempton last season when only a pound lower in the ratings, the eight-year-old has only had two runs this season so this may have been the long-term plan.
The gelding barely stays 3m but gets away with a lack of stamina at Kempton and his partner will be delaying his challenge to the closing stages – a general 5/1 after ante-post support.

Classy Corton can profit from Frost’s big-race temperament

Bryony Frost is best known for her association with Frodon but she’s won eight times over fences on Black Corton, including a Grade 1 and two Grade 2 contests.
Consequently, the gelding is always near the head of the weights when running in handicaps but that didn’t prevent him running well in last summer’s Galway Plate nor in two races this season at Ascot.
Eased 2lb in the ratings since last seen in December, the assessor has just opened the door a little for this game front-runner who jumps for fun on right-handed courses like Kempton and he’s a cracking each-way bet at the general 8/1.

Best Of The Rest

Whatmore (a general 10/1) has taken well to fences yet was running well at this time of year over hurdles off higher marks.
Mister Malarky‘s run at Ascot last time was too bad to be true and he may have benefited from a break. The general 16/1 would be too big if he recaptured the form he’d shown earlier in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.

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