Celebration Chase Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Sandown, 28 April 2018
Spring is in the air come late April and for the racing world that means a switch in focus from the jumps to the flat. This meeting at Sandown marks the perfect crossing over point, featuring as it does, top class contests both on the level and over obstacles. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers and provide our betting tips for one of the jumping highlights; The Celebration Chase.
This 2m chase contest was first run at Sandown in 2001. Featuring 13 fences in total, the contest is open to all chasers aged five and older and offers £125,000 in total prize money.
Celebration Chase Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
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Celebration Chase Preview and Betting Tips 2018
After this week, the attentions of horse racing fans will be turned firmly towards the flat. The National Hunt season always goes out with a bang though and after a dramatic week over in Ireland with the Punchestown Festival comes the usual end of season meeting at Sandown. The Celebration Chase is one of the features of Saturday’s racing and although we only have a small field taking part it is full of quality.
Altior Ready for One Last Effort
The start of the National Hunt season is always full of predictions about which horses will prove themselves to be the very best. This current season has had a few standout performers but has any horse been quite as impressive over short distance chases in recent years than Altior?
Nicky Henderson’s eight-year-old is a bona fide superstar. Horses with Altior’s combination of jumping ability and sheer pace don’t come around that often and he’s taken full advantage for connections. It’s not all been plain sailing though. Altior won each of his six starts last season but will only make half as many appearances one year on as he had a few problems recovering from wind surgery.
Thankfully, everything was fine when Altior finally made his seasonal reappearance at Newbury in February, but there was more drama in the lead up to Cheltenham when it was reported that Altior was lame in the week leading up to his Queen Mother Champion Chase appearance. Once again, he made punters wonder what all the fuss was about as he put concerns about his fitness and his suitability on the unusually soft ground to one side to win in style.
You won’t find anything like the evens that the bookies were offering about Altior at Cheltenham for the Celebration Chase but backing him at 2/9 with Bet365 is still a better option than not backing him as it will take an almighty effort from any of his opponents to even get close at Sandown.
God’s Own Represents Each Way Value Again
God’s Own was one of those horses given the daunting task of beating Altior in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham. His chances of success were summed up by a starting price of 40/1 but God’s Own rewarded his each way backers by claiming third place at Prestbury Park.
Tom George has been very careful not to over tax his 10-year-old and will hope he arrives at Sandown ready for another big effort before resting up over the summer. God’s Own retains the pace to be competitive at this level while he has shown throughout his career that he prefers running on right handed tracks so he’s always worthy of consideration at Sandown.
Barring something crazy happening in running, God’s Own isn’t going to beat Altior but he could well beat the other leading contenders who include Special Tiara and Diego Du Charmil. He definitely looks to be a good each way option at 14/1, a price which could underestimate his ability just like that 40/1 did at Cheltenham.
Celebration Chase Previous Winners
- 2017 – Altior – jockey Nico de Boinville, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2016 – Sprinter Sacre – jockey Nico de Boinville, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2015 – Special Tiara – jockey Noel Fehily, trainer Henry De Bromhead
- 2014 – Sire De Grugy – jockey Jamie Moore, trainer Gary Moore
- 2013 – Sire De Grugy – jockey Jamie Moore, trainer Gary Moore
- 2012 – Sanctuaire – jockey Daryl Jacob, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2011 – French Opera – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2010 – I’m So Lucky – jockey Tom Scudamore, trainer David Pipe
- 2009 – Twist Magic – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2008 – Andreas – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2007 – Dempsey – jockey Timmy Murphy, trainer Carl Llewellyn
Celebration Chase History
This contest came into being somewhat accidently just after the turn of the century. With the foot and mouth crisis resulting in the cancellation of the Cheltenham Festival in 2001, alternative venues were sought for the major championship contests. Sandown did its bit by staging a two-mile event called the Championship Chase as a replacement for that years Queen Mother Champion Chase.
So popular did this event prove that it returned again in 2002 when it was run in memory of the Queen Mother who died that year. The contest has remained in place ever since, going under its current title of Celebration Chase since 2005.
Featuring as part of a top class dual flat/jumps meeting, the classification of this race has fluctuated a little over the years but it was granted Grade 1 status once again in 2014. Looking at the list of previous winners here, the event is more than deserving of that top tier ranking.
Multiple Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls has quickly developed an affinity with this event. Getting off the mark with Cenkos in the second edition of the race in 2002, Nicholls had notched up an impressive five victories by 2012. That haul puts him three wins clear of his nearest pursuer in the top trainer ranks here. Amongst the jockeys it is the greatest ever, Tony McCoy who leads the way with three wins.
Cenkos became the first dual winner of the race when – having finished second in 2003 – he bounced back to reclaim his crown in 2004. Taking back to back renewals in 2013 and 2014, Champion Chaser Sire De Grugy is the only other horse to take this more than once as of 2016.
The other Champion Chasers to taste success in this contest are Edredon Bleu who won the inaugural edition, Special Tiara who took this in 2015 before finally getting his nose in front in the Cheltenham event in 2017, and of course the majestic Sprinter Sacre who signed off his brilliant career when demolishing the field by 15 lengths here in 2016. The greatest jumps horse we have seen in our lifetime must go down as the best ever winner of the race.