Kempton Chase Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Kempton, 23 February 2019
As we approach the end of February and that magic racing month of March (and Cheltenham!), Kempton plays host to the Kempton Park Chase – known as the 888sport Chase in 2019. Read on for some of the best odds and offers as well as our betting tips for the race.
First run in 1949 this Grade 3 handicap Chase now has close to £100,000 total prize money on offer to connections. With a total of 18 fences to be safely negotiated around three miles of Kempton’s sharp right handed turns this offers a thorough examination of jumping and staying ability.
Kempton Park Chase Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Kempton Park Chase Betting Offers 2019
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Kempton Park Chase Tips and Race Preview 2019
Kempton Park plays host to a number of exciting novices’ races on Saturday but it’s contest for experienced stayers that has most caught the attention of punters. The 888Sport Handicap Chase – otherwise known as the Kempton Park Chase – carries a first prize of some £57,000 so it’s a little surprising to see only 10 horses declared.
They do at least combine to make a competitive field in which there are several potential winners. This is a potentially lucrative for punters so let’s dig deeper and see where the betting value lies.
Tough Race to Predict
Introduced as the Racing Post Chase in 1988, this Grade 3 handicap has had several names over the years. Whatever it’s called, the 888Sport Chase has produced winners who have gone on to compete at the Cheltenham Festival and even, on occasion, the Grand National.
This is a tough race to win and the recent trends show that recent form is vital. Winners tend to go off at 10/1 or shorter but this is no race for favourites as none of the shortest priced horses have won in the last decade. The picture is further complicated by the fact that the last 10 winners have carried between 10st 2lb and 11st 11lb which shows quality horses can overcome a tough mark in this 3 mile race.
Talkischeap to Walk the Walk
It’s not just the trends that suggest this is a tough one to call. Pretty much all of the 10 runners has a genuine chance of winning. When it comes to betting value though, Talkischeap looks a very good price at 11/2 with Ladbrokes.
Alan King’s seven-year-old took three attempts over fences before getting his first win (which came against just one opponent at Doncaster) but connections are hopeful that he will secure plenty of prize money in this sort of valuable handicap in the coming season.
There was nothing wrong with Talkischeap’s performance last time out when finishing second at Kempton over 3 miles. He gave up 6lb to the winner so had to both travel and jump well to stay in contention. There should be few problems with the 11st 3lb he has to carry on Saturday so can score to further increase connections’ expectations and excitement.
Vicente a Real Threat on Better Ground
Paul Nicholls has had an excellent week. Last Saturday he saddled an incredible eight winners and just a few days later saw his 3,000th winner as a trainer go in. To say the Nicholls yard is in good form is a real understatement and things could get even better in the build up to Cheltenham thanks to the chance of Modus at Kempton.
As always, the big question is which Modus will turn up. On his day he is a match for any horse in the field for the 888 Handicap Chase but too often he’s been let down by jumping sloppiness.
He was let down by his jumping again last time out but won on his most recent appearance at Kempton so is worth chancing for a return to something approaching his best at 8/1 with BetVictor.
Kempton Park Chase Previous Winners
- 2018 – Master Dee – jockey Barry Gerraghty, trainer Neil Mulholland
- 2017 – Pilgrims Bay – jockey James Best trainer, Neil Mulholland
- 2016 – Theatre Guide – jockey Paddy Brennan, trainer Colin Tizzard
- 2015 – Rocky Creek – jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2014 – Bally Legend – jockey Ian Popham, trainer Caroline Keevil
- 2013 – Opening Batsman – jockey Noel Fehily, trainer Harry Fry
- 2012 – Nacarat – jockey Paddy Brennan, trainer Tom George
- 2011 – Quinz – jockey Richard Johnson, trainer Philip Hobbs
- 2010 – Razor Royale – jockey Paddy Brennan, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
- 2009 – Nacarat – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Tom George
- 2008 – Gungadu – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2007 – Simon – jockey Andrew Thornton, trainer John Spearing
- 2006 – Innox – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Francois Doumen
Kempton Park Chase History
The race has been supported by a number of sponsors over the years. However it was the backing of the Racing Post in 1988 which led to an increase in the value of the race and really elevated it into the spotlight. Rebranded as the Racing Post Chase until the final year of sponsorship in 2011 it became one of the top handicap targets for owners and trainers. From 2014 the race will be titled the Betbright Chase due to the backing of the online betting company.
Four abandonments have been suffered over the lifespan of this contest, the latest came in 1986 and all have been a result of snow and frost. The only other year the race has not taken place at this Sunbury-on-Thames venue came in 2006, Sandown Park played host that year as Kempton underwent a significant redevelopment.
Due to its position in the racing calendar, this contest often serves as a trial for the Grand National at Aintree. The trip may not be as extreme as that marathon event but Kempton does provide a useful jumping test in the build up to that race. The 1988 and 1996 winners here, Rhyme ‘n’ Reason and Rough Quest both went on to Aintree to capture the most famous race of them all in the same season.
Other famous past winners include one of the most popular racehorses of all time. The four-time King George VI Chase winner, Desert Orchid, who took this prize in 1990. The Australian winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Crisp, may be most famous for coming second to Red Rum in the 1973 Grand National, but he did get his nose in front here in 1972.
Richard Johnson leads the way amongst the jockeys. His success aboard Quinz in 2011 marking his fifth triumph in all. Johnson also achieved the notable feat of winning the race in three consecutive years from 2000-2002. The only other jockey to achieve this was another Richard. Richard Pitman partnered Crisp to victory in 1972, before dual successes on Pendil in 1973 and 1974.
Pitman’s three wins all came for trainer Fred Winter, who remains the only handler to record three wins in as many years. They were his only wins though, leaving him one behind Philip Hobbs who is out in front as the top trainer.
Four six year olds have won here, with the most recent being Gloria Victis in the year 2000. Overall the edge seems to lie with those runners aged 8 and above, only 11 of the first 63 winners of the race were younger than this. The twelve year olds Marlborough and Fort Devon are the oldest to have prevailed here.