Eider Handicap Chase Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Newcastle, 23rd February 2019
As we leave winter and head into the big spring festivals, the North East track of Newcastle plays host to one of the most demanding chases of the whole season. Here we take a look at the best odds and racing offers and provide our betting tips for the stamina-sapping Eider Chase.
This 4m 1/2f staying handicap chase was first run at Newcastle Racecourse in 1952 and features 25 stiff fences throughout its running. Open to chasers aged five and older, the contest now offers a total of £80,000 in total prize money.
With Cheltenham Festival betting really hotting up, this gives you another chance to take a look at the form lines. In truth this one is much more of an indicator for the Grand National later in the year.
Eider Handicap Chase Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
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Eider Handicap Chase Betting Tips and Race Preview 2019
The Eider Chase takes top billing at Newcastle on Saturday, indeed it’s one of the biggest races anywhere in Britain this weekend. This valuable handicap is a leading target for trainers of high class stayers. It certainly takes a great deal of stamina to make it over the 25 fences laid out over the 4 mile ½ a furlong trip. It’s not all about stamina though.
The weather forecast is very good for this time of year so we’re set for good to soft ground which should see the £50,000 winning prize go to a horse who travels strongly throughout before outlasting the competition up the home straight.
Vicente a Real Threat on Better Ground
This year’s renewal of the Eider Chase is competitive enough to have been oversubscribed. Connections of each of the 18 horses who go to post will believe they have a chance of celebrating come the final stages but few trainers will have as much confidence about their charge’s ability as Paul Nicholls does with Vicente.
The 10-year-old is one of the most reliable staying chasers in Nicholls’ yard and has won several big, stamina sapping races including the Scottish Grand National twice. It took a combination of quality jumping and the ability to quicken up when instructed by his jockey to secure those two Ayr successes and he’s ready for another big performance.
After pulling up on his seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham, Vicente secured a creditable third place at Taunton in January. Sam Twiston-Davies guided Vicente out wide to get better ground at Taunton so he should enjoy the going at Newcastle. Perform as racing fans know he can and Vicente has every chance of winning the Eider Chase at 8/1 with BetVictor.
Can West Of The Edge Go One Better?
Last year’s winner, Baywing returns for another crack at the Eider Chase and has received a fair amount of support in the betting. There are no questions about his stamina given the way he held on to win on heavy ground 12 months ago but it’s the horse he beat into second place, West Of The Edge, who looks the best each way bet at 12/1 with RaceBets.
Dr Richard Newland was understandably delighted with West Of The Edge’s performance on his last visit to Newcastle. On the fact of it, it’s been a frustrating time for connections ever since as the 11-year-old hasn’t really come close to winning in any of his three appearances this season.
It’s easy to make excuses though. After blowing away the cobwebs over hurdles he’s been raced in blinkers over fences since. He was travelling well in his performances at both Haydock and Kelso and it was only jumping mistakes late on that cost him the chance to challenge in the latter stages.
Providing he as well as he did at Newcastle last year, West Of The Edge will be in contention and can score another place at least off a very generous mark.
Previous Winners, Trainers and Jockeys
- 2018 – Bay Wing – jockey Ryan Day, trainer Nicky Richards
- 2017 – Mysteree – jockey Robbie Dunne, trainer Michael Scudamore
- 2016 – Rocking Blues – jockey Lorcan Murtagh, trainer Rose Dobbin
- 2015 – Milborough – jockey Graham Watters, trainer Ian Duncan
- 2014 – Wyck Hill – jockey Tom Scudamore, trainer David Bridgewater
- 2013 – Abandoned
- 2012 – Portrait King – jockey Denis O’Regan, trainer Maurice Phelan
- 2011 – Companero – jockey Peter Buchanen, trainer Howard Johnson
- 2010 – Abandoned
- 2009 – Merigo – jockey Timmy Murphy, trainer Alan Parker
- 2008 – Comply Or Die – jockey Timmy Murphy, trainer David Pipe
- 2007 – Nil Desperandum – jockey Tom Scudamore, trainer Venetia Williams
Eider Handicap Chase History
Building in popularity ever since its inaugural edition, this marathon event, together with the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, is one of the two major National Hunt contests held at Newcastle each season. Always a popular betting heat, the extreme distance and regular sloppy conditions act to make this a rather unique mud-spattered spectacle.
The weather in the North East in February invariably provides a fair dose of snow, rain and frost. Such conditions have led to this contest being abandoned on no fewer than 20 occasions over the years.
Always a severe test of a horse’s stamina, the 2011 edition of this contest was surely one of the most demanding races run in recent memory. 12 went to post but in what was bottomless ground, only three made it to the finish line. Companero just about climbed over the last fence to claim a heroic victory.
A handful of trainers have recorded a dual success in the race over the years but it is Toby Balding who leads the way. One of a select band of trainers to land the treble of the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup (take a look at our Gold Cup offers feature) and Champion Hurdle, he took this prize four times between the years of 1966 and 1984.
Toby Balding’s haul was in fact largely down to one horse. The tough as teak stayer Highland Wedding, who with three wins between 1966 and 1969 stands alone as the most successful horse in the history of the race. The 12st carried by the horse in that 1969 edition is also the top weight carrying performance in the race to date. 1969 proved to be something of a golden year for Highland Wedding as he also took that year’s Grand National. Wyndburgh (1957 and 1958) is the only other runner to land the Eider more than once.
Due to its severely demanding nature, this contest has remained the preferred Grand National preparation for a number of trainers in more modern times. David Pipe’s Comply Or Die famously followed up success here in 2008 with a win in the big one at Aintree.
Amongst the ranks of the jockeys, David Munro, Mattie Batchelor, Owen McNally, Peter Niven, Timmy Murphy and Tom Scudamore have recorded two wins apiece, but as of 2017, no one has yet managed three.