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Betdaq Handicap Chase Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting February 24

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The Grade 3 Betdaq Handicap Chase at Kempton is the big betting race this 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.

Betdaq Handicap Chase History and Trends

Betting exchange Betdaq are re-entering the world of horse racing sponsorship with a bang. They've been away from track sponsorship since 2016 but have their name on this long-established chase for the first time this year having taken over from bookmakers BetBright. This race was first run in 1949 but it wasn't until the Racing Post took over sponsorship in 1988 that prize money 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. BetBright sponsored the race between 2014 and 2017 but now it's up to Betdaq to raise its profile. Two chasers have won the Betdaq Handicap Chase twice - Docklands Express and Nacarat - and Theatre Guide, third last year and successful in 2016, will carry top weight this year in an attempt to follow their lead. This is generally a race in which those with decent recent form fare well and those officially rated 139 or higher have won 13 of the last 15 renewals. It also a race for younger chasers with only one of the last eight winners having been older than nine. However, Kempton is a flat, easy course so winning form over 3m isn't necessary. Despite the name, Acting Lass is a gelding and the general 7/2  favourite having won all three starts over fences. He's never raced beyond 2m5f but, as explained above, that shouldn't be a problem. Master Dee looks a solid each-way bet at 13/2 with Coral as he has yet to finish out of the places over fences in 11 starts, though hasn't run since November. ART MAURESQUE ticks plenty of boxes and could be the value bet at a general 14/1. Paul Nicholls' eight-year-old fell at the first on his only previous try over 3m but is back on the same mark as when winning at Chepstow last season. He couldn't live with Waiting Patiently at Kempton last time but the winner is in the top bracket over fences nowadays and Harry Cobden's mount jumped superbly. If he puts in a similar performance this weekend, many of his rivals will struggle to cope. At a general 20/1, Label Des Obeaux also catches the eye and the consistent mare Theatre Territory also looks overpriced at 14/1.

Betdaq Handicap Chase Current Best Odds

Acting Lass 7/2, Master Dee 13/2, Tintern Theatre 8/1, Go Conquer 9/1, Art Mauresque, Theatre Territory and Ballykan 14/1, As De Mee, Josses Hill and Theatre Guide 16/1, Relentless Dreamer, Vibrato Valtat and Label Des Obeaux 20/1, Loose Chips and Monbeg Charmer 25/1
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Betfred Heroes Handicap Hurdle Preview – Horse Racing Betting February 3

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It's the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown this Saturday with three Grade 1 races on an excellent seven-race card but the big betting race on the others side of the Irish Sea is the Betfred Heroes Handicap Hurdle at Sandown.

Betfred Heroes Handicap Hurdle History and Trends

Betfred have sponsored this Grade 3 event since 2014 but lost their first year to the weather. The race itself is more than 30 years old and was sponsored by the Tote for many years. Raced over a few yards short of 3m, this is generally not a race for younger hurdlers with only one five-year-old winning since the turn of the century, though only one 10-year-old or older has been successful and that was back in 1988 - there are five in that latter age group this year. Only one winner in the last 20 years has carried more than 10st 12lb to victory and that was the brilliant Baracouda in 2004. None of the last 10 winners has been rated higher than 135 but most recent winners ran in a Class 3 or higher before turning up at Sandown. Both Philip Hobbs and Paul Nicholls have trained the winner on three occasions in the last 13 years. There is undoubtedly more to come from Topofthegame, who has only run five times. He was fourth in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton last month having fallen on his reappearance in a chase at Newbury. He's possibly overpriced at 13/2 with Coral given he is vying for favouritism in other lists with easy Fontwell winner Melrose Boy. The latter is a general 11/2 but this is a huge step up in class for Harry Fry's runner while Dashing Perk (10/1 with Coral) steps out of novice company for the first time having beaten three rivals at Wincanton, though could be on a decent mark. Taj Badalandabad (a general 16/1) came right back to form in a decent race at Leicester last week but has been hit with an 8lb rise. King Of Fashion, available at 16/1 with William Hill, is interesting as he's weighted to get a lot closer to a race-fit Kris Spin than at Ayr in November, where he travelled strongly for a long way. He'll strip fitter here and has since joined the astute Kerry Lee but OKOTOKS is also worthy of a mention. Formerly with Tony Martin in Ireland, where he won twice, the eight-year-old attracted plenty of market interest on his first run for Fergal O'Brien at Cheltenham in December. He found the 2m1f too short but there was promise in his showing and the form of that race has worked out really well. This test should be much more to his liking and there remains untapped potential and value at the 25/1 with Coral.

Betfred Heroes Handicap Hurdle Current Best Odds

Melrose Boy 11/2, Topofthegame 13/2, Dashing Perk and Golan Fortune 10/1, Flemcara 12/1, Prime Venture 14/1, Beat That, Folsom Blue, King Of Fashion and Taj Badalandabad 16/1, Buywise 20/1, Kris Spin, Okotoks and Fourth Act 25/1, Theligny, Ubak and Man Of Plenty 33/1, Doesyourdogbite 50/1
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Sky Bet Chase Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting January 27

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The Sky Bet Chase is the big betting race at Doncaster this weekend and also the most valuable contest on the card, even though there are three Grade 2 events preceding it.

Sky Bet Chase History and Trends

The Sky Bet Chase, formerly known as the Great Yorkshire Chase, is Doncaster's biggest race of the National Hunt season. First staged in 1948 and run over 3m, there has been a modern trend for stables to target this Listed handicap with up-and-coming young chasers. Three of the last eight renewals have been abandoned due to frost but conditions look set fair for this Saturday's meeting, though the going is likely to lean towards soft. Only one of the last 12 winners has been aged 10 or older and there have been only five winners in that age bracket since the race was first run. The last four winners have carried under 11st but Ziga Boy won't be bidding for a hat-trick of victories in the race after becoming the first to record back-to-back wins in 2017. One significant trend in this Grand National trial is that none of the last 12 winners had won more than three times over fences previously. Only one winner in that time carried more than 11st 2lb and winning form over at least 3m seems to be an advantage. It's easy to see why L'Ami Serge has been well supported in the ante-post market. He is a high-class staying hurdler but it is a bit of a concern that the eight-year-old's regular jockey Daryl Jacob has gone to Cheltenham and it's more than two years since he last won over fences. Long House Hall produced a career-best to land the Summer Plate at Market Rasen last July but hasn't been seen since and the going will be against him. Wakanda likes soft ground and ran a cracker in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby over Christmas. He's only nine but fully exposed in races like this. Vibrato Valtat was only beaten a neck by Mustmeetalady over the course and distance last time and is 2lb better off but his stamina will be tested on the going and Flying Angel didn't appear to get home over 3m1f at Aintree. Warriors Tale has done most of his racing over shorter distances but has won over 3m and wasn't stopping when back to form at Newbury last time over an extended 2m6f. There is definitely some value in the 14/1 with William Hill about Paul Nicholls' runner and Pilgrims Bay will probably travel strongly into the race again and makes some appeal for each-way purposes at the general 12/1. Backing maidens in handicaps is usually the fast track to the poor house but THUMB STONE BLUES could be the exception that proves the rule. Trainer Kim Bailey is generally not one to tilt at windmills and the novice returns to the scene of a wide-margin victory on soft going over hurdles last year. He's not been beaten far in any of his three runs over fences and stays 3m and further. Ciaran Gethings' 3lb claim reduces a feather weight even further and he will come into the reckoning if conditions turn really testing - he can still be backed at 14/1 with Betfred.

Sky Bet Chase Current Best Odds

L'Ami Serge 3/1, Flying Angel and Wakanda 9/1, Long House Hall 10/1, Pilgrims Bay 12/1, Thumb Stone Blues, Vibrato Valtat and Warriors Tale 14/1, Label Des Obeaux, Mustmeetalady, and Tenor Nivernais 16/1, Coologue and Federici 20/1, Minella On Line 28/1
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Coral Welsh Grand National Updated Line-up and Odds – Horse Racing Betting December 27

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The Coral Welsh Grand National is run over a shorter distance than both the Aintree Grand National and Scottish Grand National. However, it's traditional slot in the days after Christmas means that it is rarely run on anything but soft or heavy going. It is, therefore, arguably more of a stamina test than either of it's counterparts run in April and it's not uncommon for more than half of the field to fail to finish at Chepstow (a maximum of nine have completed in four of the last five years).

Coral Welsh Grand National History and Trends

The Coral Welsh Grand National is the big betting race over the Christmas period but it wasn't until 1979 that it was allotted it's now traditional slot. First run in 1895, it was run at the now-defunt Ely racecourse near Cardiff until 1947. After one year at Caerleon, also now no longer a racecourse, it was moved to its present home at Chepstow in 1949. The race has produced four Cheltenham Gold Cup winners - Burrough Hill Lad, Cool Ground, Master Oats and Synchronised - since the 1980s but is better known as a guide to the Aintree Grand National. Corbiere and Earth Summit completed the double in the same season while Rhyme ‚Äėn‚Äô Reason, in 1998, and Party Politics, in 1992, both finished second at Chepstow before winning on Merseyside. Recent form at Chepstow has become a major factor in the Coral Welsh Grand National in recent seasons and winning form at the track is also a plus. But this is generally not a race for fully-exposed staying chasers as only two winners in the last 40 years have been aged 10 or older and no nine-year-old has won since 2003. Only two winners since the turn of the century have carried more than 11st but last year's winner, Native River, was one. Notre Pere won the race for Ireland in 2008 but that was a rarity and no chaser trained in the northern half of the UK has won since 1984. Native River carried top weight to victory last year and Paul Nicholls would not be running VICENTE unless he thought last year's Scottish Grand National winner was capable of a big run. Only 17lb separates the top weight from the bottom weight this season so the eight-year-old welter burden is not as much of a disadvantage as first appears. He ran a super race on his reappearance at Cheltenham and that will have put him pot-on at Chepstow, where he can be backed at 14/1. Beware The Bear and¬†Bishops Road, first and second in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle, are a best 8/1 and 16/1 respectively and both can figure again. The former won despite a slipping saddle at Gosforth Park.¬†Chase The Spud, 10/1 with several bookmakers, won last season's Midlands National at Uttoxeter and beat a subsequent winner on his reappearance at Haydock. But Mysteree has the beating of him on these terms and is available at 12/1. Rock The Kasbah's record is Chepstow is three wins and two seconds from five runs so he can't be left out of calculations at the general 9/1.

Coral Welsh Grand National Current Best Odds

Beware The Bear 8/1, Rock The Kasbah 9/1, Chase The Spud 10/1, Folsom Blue 11/1, Wild West Wind, Ask The Weatherman, Final Nudge and Mysteree 12/1, Vintage Clouds and Vicente 14/1, Bishops Road and Pobbles Bay 16/1, Raz De Maree and Milansbar 20/1, Houblon Des Obeaux 22/1, Silsol and Sir Mangan 25/1, Buckhorn Timothy 33/1,  Splash of Ginge and O'Faolains Boy 40/1
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Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting December 16

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Caspian Caviar Gold Cup History and Trends

This valuable handicap chase was first run at Cheltenham in 1963 when the race was known as the Massey Ferguson Gold Cup. It retained that title until 1980 but has had several sponsors and title changes since. Boylesports supported the race from 2006 to 2009 as the Boylesports.com Gold Cup and the 2010 renewal was run as the Vote A P Gold Cup as part of a successful campaign to encourage racegoers to vote for Tony McCoy in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. In 2011, noted racehorse owner Andy Stewart backed the race to promote his Spinal Research charity until it was taken over by its current sponsors. Paul Nicholls has trained the winner in four of the last eight years and is responsible for three of the 11 overnight entries this season. This is very much a race for the top National Hunt yards with smaller stables struggling to compete now that the season is in full swing. Only one of the last six winners has carried more than 11st to victory and, since the turn of the century, no chaser aged older than eight has been successful and only three have been placed from 49 runners stretching back 13 years. Official ratings have also been significant lately with the last five winners all being rated between 133 and 149, though that would include all bar the top two this year. This is run on the New Course at Cheltenham and its demands are different to the Old Course, on which Splash of Ginge was a surprise winner of the BetVictor Gold Cup last month. Second Starchitect, third Le Prezien, fourth Ballyalton and fifth Romain De Senam all re-oppose on better terms and age is also against Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge in this. The ante-post market suggests Haydock winner Clan Des Obeaux will be the pick of the Nicholls' trio but he'll need a career-best to defy top weight. A similar comment applies to Deauville Dancer while Long House Hall's lengthy absence will surely count against him. KING'S ODYSSEY was on the heels of the leaders and travelling strongly when falling in this last year. Dropped 7lb since, he is now only a pound higher than when scoring over course and distance on heavy going at the start of last year and a recent spin at Carlisle over a trip too short should have blown away a few cobwebs. With a clear round, the 8/1 with Stan James could be a decent bet.

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Current Best Odds

Clan Des Obeaux 9/2, Starchitect 6/1, Le Prezien and King's Odyssey 8/1, Ballyalton 9/1, Splash of Ginge 10/1, Romain De Senam 12/1, Long House Hall 14/1, Foxtail Hill 16/1, Guitar Pete 20/1, Deauville Dancer 33/1
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Ladbrokes Trophy Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting December 2

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Ladbrokes Trophy History and Trends

The most important staying chase in the first half of the National Hunt season, the Ladbrokes Trophy was first staged at Cheltenham in 1957. It moved to Newbury in 1960 and has been at the Berkshire course ever since. Jumping superstars Mandarin, Arkle and Denman are the only horses to have won the race more than once and it's hard to believe that it is seven years since the latter defied 11st 12lb to complete his double. Contested over three miles and two-and-a-half furlongs, the race is a true test of jumping ability and staying power and a genuine trial for the Grand National next April - the ill-fated Many Clouds did the double in 2014/15. Bob's Worth won the Hennessy in 2012 and went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following spring and this year's renewal looks well up to standard, though it's going to be odd calling it the Ladbrokes Trophy when everyone in racing knows it better as the Hennessy Gold Cup. All of the last five winners have carried at least 11st 1lb and class is becoming increasingly important. Only four of this year's field fall into that category, including 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree. But, apart from Denman in 2009, no winner since the turn of the century has been aged older than nine so the top weight, pulled up on his reappearance at Wetherby, is passed over. Of the last seven winners, only one has had a bigger SP than 10/1. Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson have both trained the winner three times since 2002 so their combined representatives, numbering four in total, are obviously worth a second look. Henderson's Whisper (a general 8/1) is one of those that fits most trends and he's already won this season, a match at Kempton. But that's earned the gelding a penalty and there may be a few who are better handicapped including stablemate Vyta Du Roc, 12/1 with the sponsors and sure to strip fitter for a pipe-opener over hurdles. Paul Nicholls runs the fast-improving Present Man (a general 16/1) and Braqueur D'or (a general 33/1), but this is a stiff task for both. Willie Mullins won this in 2002 with Be My Royal but no Irish-trained runner has been successful since. However, the yard have Munster National winner Total Recall entered this year and he is currently favourite at 5/1. Stable companion Pleasant Company has less obvious claims but no big chase would be complete without a Gigginstown runner and Noel Meade's A Genie In Abottle is bidding to make three out of three this season under Sean Flanagan. AMERICAN (7/1 with Ladbrokes) didn't make it to Cheltenham or Aintree last season so didn't test himself against the very best but he remains a high-class staying prospect and a further 9lb rise in the weights is fully justified judged by the way he demolished a decent field at Uttoxeter in March. The second has already won this term and earlier victories at Exeter and Warwick have also worked out well. He's entered in both the Welsh National and Cheltenham Gold Cup and they will be realistic targets if he extends his unbeaten record over fences at Newbury. Of those further down the weights, Cheltenham first and second - Cogry and Singlefarmpayment- have attracted support and are a best 20/1 and 7/1 respectively but the former does still take the odd risk at his fences and jumping is paramount around here.

Ladbrokes Trophy Current Best Odds

Total Recall 5/1, American and Singlefarmpayment 7/1, Whisper 8/1, A Genie In Abottle and Vyta Du Roc 12/1, Coneygree 14/1, Present Man and Royal Vacation 16/1, Cogry 20/1, Carole's Destrier, Missed Approach and Pleasant Company 25/1, Label Des Obeaux, Braqueur D'or, Southfield Royale and Potters Legend 33/1, Pilgrims Bay, Bigbadjohn and Double Ross 40/1, Regal Encore 50/1
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BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase – Horse Racing Betting November 18

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For many racing fans, the BetVictor Handicap Chase signifies the real start of the jumps season.

BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase History and Trends

Fortria, Gay Trip, Half Free, Bradbury Star and Cyfor Maltahave all been dual winners of a race that began life in 1960 as the Mackeson Gold Cup and has metamorphisised through sponsors Murphy's, Thomas Pink and Paddy Power into it's current incarnation. It's run on the Old Course at Cheltenham over 2m4f and is usually won by an up-and-coming chaser - no chaser aged older than nine has won it since 1975. There have only been three winners aged older than seven since the turn of the century. Before Taquin De Seuil's victory last year, only one winner in the previous nine years had carried more than 11st. Little Josh was a 20/1 chance when successful in 2010 but he's the only winner in the last in the last 20 years to start at bigger odds than 16/1 - this is generally not a race for unfancied outsiders. Nigel Twiston-Davies has trained two of the last nine winners and has two runners this year. Paul Nicholls had the winner in 2012 and 2014 and is also doubly represented. Martin Pipe trained the winner on seven occasions and son Martin won it with Great Endeavour in 2011. He saddles Starchitect, who is available at 9/1 at ran well here and at Aintree in the spring. He made a winning return to action at Stratford and should run his race. Guitar Pete gained a deserved victory at Wetherby earlier this month and the grey has rediscovered his best form so the 20/1 with sponsors BetVictor looks generous. Foxtail Hill (a best 10/1) beat Le Prezien (a 17/2 chance with 10bet) over 2m at Cheltenham last month but there is nothing between the pair on the revised terms. Tully East is only a best 8/1 with BetVictor to give Ireland a first victory in the race since 2009 but the 25/1 available for PLAISIR D'AMOUR may be too big as he did well in his first season over fences and Venetia Williams' stable is hitting form. Romain De Senam (a general 9/1) won at Chepstow last month and followed up at Stratford but a strongly-run race over a stiffer track could stretch his stamina. Kylemore Lough last ran in the Melling Chase at Aintree in April and will need to be at his very best to make a winning return to action off top weight - he is no value at around 6/1. Double Treasure can be backed at 16/1 but that underestimates the progress that Jamie Snowden's six-year-old has made over the last few months. He's shot up the weights but handled these fences well enough when completing a four-timer last month and seems sure to give another good account.

BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase Latest Odds

Kylemore Lough 6/1, Tully East 8/1, Le Prezien 17/2, Romain De Senam and Starchitect 9/1, Foxtail Hill 10/1, Ballyalton 12/1, Double Treasure 16/1, Guitar Pete and Aqua Dude 20/1, Theinval, Viconte Du Noyer and Plaisir D'amour 25/1, Days Of Heaven, Splash of Ginge and Bentelimar 33/1, Mystifiable 40/1, Lake Takapuna 50/1
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William Hill “High Five” Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup – Horse Racing Betting March 4

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New sponsors William Hill are currently best odds on a number of the 10 declared runners in, to use its shorter name, the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury this Saturday, but not on favourite Oldgrangewood. The following free bet offer is available only when you sign up at William Hill via a link here and use the promotional code F20. Deposit then and place your first bet of at least £10 (at minimum odds of 1.20 which equals to 1/5 in fractional odds). Once your first bet is settled, you will get two free bet tokens of £10. The free bets are valid only for 30 days, so make sure you use them quickly! Terms and conditions apply, please see full details directly at William Hill. Oldgrangewood is undoubtedly the improver in this Grade 3 handicap having won three of his four starts over fences. He was brought down in the other when going well so deserves a crack at this higher level. He beat a back-to-form Dresden with something to spare last time at Wetherby but Henry Oliver's charge is now 8lb better off I can't work out why the latter is a general 12/1 as compared to the best 11/4 available for Dan Skelton's runner.

Greatwood Gold Cup Trends

Recent seasons has seen this race dominated by trainer Paul Nicholls, who has won it five times in the last seven years. His entry this year, Vibrato Valtat, caries top weight but is a former Grade 2 winner and it's more than feasible that the application of blinkers will help him sustain his effort all the way to the line. He is available at 7/1 and looks a solid each-way bet at those odds. All recent winners have been aged between six and eight so that slightly puts me off Thomas Crapper (10/1 with William Hill). The bottom weight is, however, starting to look very well handicapped and it would be no surprise to see him pop up in a similar race before the end of the campaign. Only two of the last seven winners have carried less than 11st and it's difficult to see veterans Tornado In Milan (a general 12/1) and Shadows Lengthen (25/1 with most bookmakers) being good enough in this company. Vic De Touzaine (11/2 with the sponsors) made a promising reappearance at Wincanton but he has produced all of his best form on heavy going. HOLLYWOODIEN looks the value at a general 8/1 to give trainer Tom Symonds and jockey James Davies a rare big-race success. Considering his most recent victory was over a similar distance at Wetherby, he did well to finish close up over 2m at Sandown last time behind the classy Garde La Victoire. That run proves he can be competitive off his current mark.

Greatwood Gold Cup Current Best Odds

Oldgrangewood (11/4), Vic De Touzaine (11/2), Vibrato Valtat (7/1), Hollywoodien (8/1), Thomas Crapper and O Maonlai (10/1), Dresden, More Buck's and Tornado In Milan (12/1), Shadows Lengthen (25/1)
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BetBright Chase Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting February 25

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Storm Doris swept across Britain well north of Kempton and, subsequently, racecourse officials are expecting the ground to be no worse than good for this weekend's BetBright Chase.

BetBright Chase History and Trends

The BetBright Chase is the jewel in the Dublin firm's sponsorship crown. The Grade 3 handicap dates back to 1949 but it wasn't until 1988, when the Racing Post took over sponsorship, that its value and merit increased to present levels. It was once regarded as a Grand National Trial with winners Rhyme 'n' Reason (1988) and Rough Quest (1996) both going on to glory at Aintree, though none of this year's 13 runners look obvious types for the big one in April. All but one of the last 14 winners had an official rating of 139 or higher, which is bad news for Opening Batsman and the Neil Mulholland pair Fingerontheswitch and Pilgrims Bay. Those aged 10 or older don't have a great recent record in the BetBright Chase so, though feasibly handicapped, we'll pass over Triolo D'Alene and also last year's winner Theatre Guide. The latter carries 14lb more than when beating 2013 winner Opening Batsman 10 lengths 12 months ago and also fails to meet the criteria which suggests you should be looking for a runner which finished in the first five on its latest start, though Colin Tizzard's stayer has been keeping good company. A recent outing is also preferable, which puts a black mark against Cocktails At Dawn and Ballykan. Chasers who don't stay 3m elsewhere will last home at Kempton and that's why Irish Saint is a serious contender this weekend. He is three from three at the track and has won in a higher grade. This is a much easier course than Ascot and Sandown and Paul Nicholls' eight-year-old is steadily slipping down the weights so it's no surprise he's only a general 11/2. However, I just prefer his market rival DOUBLE SHUFFLE at the same odds with Coral (he is only 5/1 with most other major bookmakers). Bet £5 get £20 - Coral offers a new bonus! It's very simple: register now at Coral and place your first £5 bet or more. After this you will get a £20 token. Now you have 7 days to use the token, otherwise it expires. The sign-up process at Coral is straightforward and quick to complete. Just head to the registration form and fill out your details. When you have received your registration confirmation, credit your account with some betting funds. This process can be done through a variety of ways, from Visa and Mastercard credit cards to e-wallet services like Neteller, Paypal and Moneybookers for convenience. Once you have deposited funds, with a value of £5 or more, it will be matched with a £20 free bet token. The free bet has to be used with seven days of being triggered, the activation of which has be within the first 14 days of opening the account. The free bet has to be used in full with the customer keeping winnings of the free bet but not retaining the stake. Terms and conditions apply, please see full detail directly at Coral. Double Shuffle is another of those best over shorter trips elsewhere but he won over the distance of the BetBright Chase at Kempton over Christmas and Tom George, who knows what it takes to win this race, has wisely kept his powder dry since. Good ground is ideal but he will cope with slightly softer conditions and looks the one to beat. Three Musketeers is only a general 7/1 but he races over 3m for the first time and there is no guarantee that he will reproduce his latest form at Market Rasen.

BetBright Chase Current Best Odds

Double Shuffle and Irish Saint (11/2), Three Musketeers (7/1), Viva Steve and Theatre Guide (8/1), Fingerontheswitch and Ballykan (12/1), Opening Batsman and Aso (14/1), Cocktails At Dawn (16/1), Triolo D'Alene (20/1), Annacotty and Pilgrims Bay (25/1)
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Sky Bet Chase Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting January 28

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There are three Grade 2 races and a Grade 3 on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham this weekend. In addition, the rearranged Grade 1 Spectra Cyber Security Solutions Clarence House Chase has been switched to Prestbury Park following the abandonment of Ascot last Saturday. No doubt punters will be hoping for pointers for March but a few of the races are likely to cut up and are more for watching than betting on. That's not the case at Doncaster, where the Listed Sky Bet Chase headlines a seven-race card which also features three Grade 2 races.

Sky Bet Chase History and Trends

The Sky Bet Chase, formerly known as the Great Yorkshire Chase, is Doncaster's biggest race of the National Hunt season. First staged in 1948 and run over 3m, there has been a modern trend for stables to target this Listed handicap with up-and-coming young chasers. Three of the last seven renewals have been abandoned due to frost but the track is confident that this Saturday's meeting will go ahead, with good ground forecast. Only one of the last 11 winners has been aged 10 or older and there have been only five winners in that age bracket since the race was first run. The last three winners have carried under 11st and last year's winner Ziga Boy falls into that category again. Repeat winners of this are unheard of, however, and Alan King's eight-year-old is on a 4lb higher mark than 12 months ago. Coologue (a general 12/1) was second to Ziga Boy last year but is 2lb worse off. It's difficult to fancy either of Paul Nicholls' pair, Vicente (a best 14/1) or Caid Du Berlais (16/1 with Boylesports) while I don't know if we can take Bigbadjohn's second to Thistlecrack at face value, though the general 9/2 will tempt a few as he's potentially well handicapped and meets the criteria of being largely unexposed over fences. Another Hero (10/1 in places) ran better than expected at Ascot last month but had earlier finished behind Potters Cross (a best 20/1) at Newbury. It's difficult what to know of Ballyboker Breeze (a general 12/1) but he has been raised a further 10lb since winning a Class 3 at Bangor, which probably isn't in his favour. Long Lunch (a best 25/1) was headed right on the line over the course and distance last time but the pick of the weights this weekend may be OUT SAM. Warren Greatrex's eight-year-old ticks a lot of boxes and the fences on Town Moor may be his more to his liking as he's struggled to cope at places like Cheltenham and Aintree in recent times. He stayed on strongly into third last time at Kempton, where his tendency to jump left cost him plenty of ground. Reverting to a left-handed, more galloping track has to be a plus and the 8/1 with several bookmakers, including sponsors Skybet, is tempting. Skybet give all their new customers a £10 free bet. To get it, simply register with Skybet - no deposit needed! Register for a new account via a link here to the Skybet site. This offer can be redeemed in any of the website's sports market. Sign up by going to Skybet and then in the top left hand corner click on the 'register' link. Unfortunately Skybet is one of the more complicated registering processes with three steps but when you open an account you can access it via your TV using just your account number. Just press the red button on your Sky remote. You can even access your free bet this way! Terms and conditions apply, please see full detail directly at Skybet.

Sky Bet Chase Current Best Odds

Bigbadjohn (9/2), Out Sam and Southfield Royale (8/1), Another Hero (10/1), Ballyboker Breeze, Coologue and Ziga Boy (12/1), Vicente (14/1), Caid Du Berlais (16/1), Holywell and Potters Cross and Tenor Nivernais (20/1), Looking Well, Long Lunch and Third Intention (25/1), Katachenko (40/1)
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