Ascot Chase Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Ascot, Saturday 16th February 2019
Mid to late February each year sees Ascot play host to the high class Ascot Chase. In the build up to the race we will be highlighting the best odds and offers around and providing our betting tips on the outcome.
The Cheltenham Festival is fast approaching. Connections are making their final preparations and Ascot plays host to a high class staying chase of its own. First run at the track in 1995, this 2m5f contest is a relative newcomer to the Grade 1 scene. It has, however, quickly established itself in the racing calendar. With total prize money in excess of £150,000 this is a much coveted prize.
Ascot Chase Betting Tips 2019
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Politologue to win at 7/2 with Coral
- Charbel each way at 12/1 with 888sport
Ascot Chase Betting Offers
Tips and Race Preview 2019
Racing fans with tickets to Ascot on Saturday are being treated to a bumper card including the Betfair Hurdle and Denman Chase which were unable to be run at Newbury last weekend due to the equine flu outbreak. The Ascot Chase is still being given top billing on the day though and for very good reasons. This 2 mile 5 furlong race has always been popular with trainers as it gives classy middle distance chasers a crack at a Grade 1. Several top notch operators make up Saturday’s field for what is a particularly interesting renewal.
Trip to Suit Politologue Perfectly
Paul Nicholls has saddled the winner of the Ascot Chase on three separate occasions. It would be no surprise at all were he to win the race for a fourth time on Saturday as he’s attacking it with two excellent chasers – Cyrname and Politologue.
The market makes Cyrname the narrow favourite of the two following his win at Ascot in January. His jumping was excellent during his bet365 Chase win and it was all the more heartening for everybody at Ditcheat as it marked a real return to form after a couple of disappointing showings.
Cyrname certainly has a chance of winning the Ascot Chase but preference goes to Politologue who can be backed at 7/2 with Coral. Nicholls is particularly bullish about the eight-year-old’s chances on his return to Ascot having won the Christy 1965 Chase even though he couldn’t quite get the trip in the King George at Kempton.
Last year’s winner, Waiting Patiently, is the bookies’ favourite but he’s not hit the heights of that performance since. In contrast, Politologue is still making steps forward and should enjoy the drop back in trip so can head to Cheltenham on the back of a win.
Can Charbel’s Season Get Even Better?
The phrase ‘horses for courses’ is one of many sayings from horse racing to have permeated into wider society. What those not involved in racing may not know is that the reverse can be true. Some horses simply don’t enjoy racing at certain tracks. That’s always a shame for connections but especially so when those tracks are major ones such as Cheltenham.
Unfortunately for connections of Charbel, the eight-year-old has never felt at home at Cheltenham. Other than his problems at Prestbury Park, Charbel has been an exemplary horse to be involved in. He’s always been a consistent performer and although his jumping has room for improvement has managed to step it up a level this season with two big wins.
Whether he has the class to beat the high calibre opponents that he’ll face on Saturday remains to be seen but you can be sure that he’ll give it his very best shot. Charbel certainly looks worthy of each way support in a small field at best odds of 12/1 with 888sport.
- 2018 – Waiting Patiently – jockey Brian Hughes, trainer Ruth Jefferson
- 2017 – Cue Card – jockey Paddy Brennan, trainer Colin Tizzard
- 2016 – Silviniaco Conti – jockey Noel Fehily, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2015 – Balder Succes – jockey Wayne Hutchinson, trainer Alan King
- 2014 – Captain Chris – jockey Richard Johnson, trainer Philip Hobbs
- 2013 – Cue Card – jockey Joe Tizzard, trainer Colin Tizzard
- 2012 – Riverside Theatre – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2011 – Riverside Theatre – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2010 – Monet’s Garden – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Richards
- 2009 – Voy Por Ustedes – jockey Robert Thornton, trainer Alan King
- 2008 – Kauto Star – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2007 – Monet’s Garden – jockey Tony Dobbin, trainer Nicky Richards
- 2006 – Our Vic – jockey Timmy Murphy, trainer Martin Pipe
Ascot Chase History
Since its inaugural running in 1995, when known as The Comet Chase, this contest has been held at the Berkshire venue of Ascot in all bar two years. During the redevelopment of Ascot in 2005 and 2006 the race was transferred to Lingfield Park but switched back to Ascot in 2007. The distance over which this race has been run has also varied a little over this period. Initially a 2m 3 1/2f event, it was increased to its present trip in 2008 and has remained unchanged since. There are now 17 stiff fences to be negotiated around Ascot’s galloping right handed track. That places a dual emphasis on jumping ability and stamina.
Looking at the list of previous winners here it quickly becomes apparent that it takes a pretty high class performer to come out on top. King George VI winners, Cue Card, One Man and Teeton Mill in addition to Champion Chaser’s Martha’s Son and Voy Por Ustedes have all been successful in this race. Undoubtedly the greatest winner of all though was the mighty five time King George winner and dual Cheltenham Gold Cup hero, Kauto Star. The Paul Nicholls trained legend took the prize in 2008.
The race is open to all chasers aged five years and older. However it has not yet been won by one so youthful, the six-year-old Strong Promise being the youngest ever victor in 1997. The elder statesman among yesterday’s heroes here is the popular grey Monet’s Garden who took the honours for the second time in 2010 at the age of 12.
In general it seems that experience counts for a lot. 21 of the first 25 winners have been aged 8 or over, with many already having a big prize under their belt. Look for an established Grade 1 performer to stamp their class on proceedings.
15 time champion Martin Pipe heads the trainers list here. His four wins between the years of 2002 and 2006 putting him ahead of the pack. Nicky Henderson is hot on his heels though with three wins. Two of Henderson’s triumphs came courtesy of the only back to back winner of the race to date, Riverside Theatre who took the honours in 2011 and 2012.
Those two wins for Riverside Theatre were enough to catapult Irishman Barry Geraghty to the top of the jockeys list. He sits on three wins in the race having also been aboard Monet’s Garden in 2010.