Newbury 3.25 Corbiere Handicap Chase Odds and Preview

Indy looks in the mood to rediscover winning habit

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Striking chestnut Corbiere made history in 1983 when he became the first Grand National to be trained by a woman.

Jenny Pitman was his trainer and devoted to ‘Corky’, who has a race named in his honour at Newbury on Wednesday.

The Corbiere Handicap Chase (for the Harwell Trophy) is a Challenger Staying Chase Qualifier. Chasers only have to finish in the first eight in any qualifier to earn an entry in the final at Haydock in April. Only eight run at Newbury so all will qualify if they complete, though tat is no certainty given the record of some in the field.
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Corbiere Handicap Chase Odds*

Notachance 7/2 7/2 7/2
Samburu Shujaa 4/1 7/2 7/2
Le Boizelo 6/1 6/1 6/1
Django Django 6/1 11/2 11/2
Indy Five 5/1 6/1 11/2
Scotchtown 6/1 7/1 13/2
Reallyradical 7/1 8/1 8/1
Linenhall 10/1 10/1 11/1

(*Betting Odds were taken from Bet365, William Hill & Betfred on January 14, 2020 at 6.00pm)

The Corbiere Handicap Chase shares top billing on the Newbury card but it is the most competitive race.

Notachance has every chance

Notachance hasn’t done a lot wrong in his three runs over fences so far. He won at Exeter on his second start and ran well at Newbury subsequently when staying on in the closing stages. Connections must think he is capable of better as the gelding is fitted with cheekpieces today. Bookmakers are almost as one in quoting the six-year-old at 7/2 but that doesn’t leave much room for manoeuvre.

Samburu should take a step forward

Samburu Shujaa is vying for favouritism, despite having had one run over fences when he was well beaten. As the top weight is only a best 4/1 with Bet365, it appears that he is going to leave that run well behind at Newbury but it’s taking a lot on trust at those odds, though he has the build of a chaser and was useful over hurdles.

Le Boizelo won at Sandown before finding a combination of a big weight and heavy going too much to handle at Wincanton. He’s a general 6/1 and worth considering as his trainer places his charges intelligently.

Django Django was clearly not at his best at Aintree and has been given a few months off. He’d started favourite when third on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter with the winner franking the form at Kempton earlier this month. Jonjo O’Neill’s novice is a best 6/1 with Bet365.

Indy Five may have rivals’ number

You couldn’t blame anyone for looking at INDY FIVE‘s recent form figures and moving on to the next one. Pulled up at Exeter in a race in which Le Boizelo finished third, he suffered a similar fate next time at Wincanton. But he showed that all was not lost at Newbury at the end of last month when he was always prominent until falling at the last in the race won by Copperhead. Well handicapped on his victory at Newbury in early 2018, David Dennis’ 10-year-old deserves a change of luck and it could be that a change of tactics has rekindled his enthusiasm.

Indy Five to Win Corbiere Handicap Chase

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