Sky Bet Handicap Chase Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Doncaster, 26 January 2019
The National Hunt action is really beginning to hot up come the second half of January. The trials for the major Cheltenham Festival contests have now begun in earnest. It’s not all about the Graded showpiece events though and Doncaster does its bit to keep the handicap action ticking over with this race. Here we take a look at the best odds and racing offers for the Sky Bet Chase, and provide our betting tips for the contest.
This three mile Listed Chase was first run at Doncaster back in 1948. The race, which is open to all chasers, aged five years and older, now offers a total of £80,000 in total prize money, making it a much sought after early season prize.
Sky Bet Handicap Chase Betting Tips
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Sky Bet Handicap Chase Tips and Race Preview 2019
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Previous Race Winners
- 2018 – Wakanda – jockey Henry Brooke, trainer Sue Smith
- 2017 – Ziga Boy – jockey Tom Bellamy, trainer Alan King
- 2016 – Ziga Boy – jockey Brendan Powell, trainer Alan King
- 2015 – If In Doubt – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Philip Hobbs
- 2014 – The Rainbow Hunter – jockey Nick Schofield, trainer Kim Bailey
- 2013 – Abandoned
- 2012 – Calgary Bay – jockey Dominic Elsworth, trainer Henrietta Knight
- 2011 – Abandoned
- 2010 – Abandoned
- 2009 – Big Fella Thanks – jockey Christian Williams, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2008 – An Accordion – jockey J W Farrelly, trainer David Pipe
- 2007 – Simon – jockey Andrew Thornton, trainer Jon Spearing
Sky Bet Handicap Chase History and Top Jockeys/Trainers
The race still known to many as the Great Yorkshire Chase first took place at the South Yorkshire venue of Doncaster back in 1948. All bar two of the editions run to date have taken place on Town Moor, although it must be said this race has suffered more than most due to the vagaries of the northern weather. Rerouted to Southwell in 2006 and 2007, the race has been abandoned altogether on a further 15 occasions since its inception.
The race’s most talented winner came early in its history, in the form of the Vincent O’Brien trained, Knock Hard. Having previously been a pretty smart performer on the flat – winning the Irish Lincoln- he followed up his win here in 1953 with a famous success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Other popular winners include E.S.B (1957) and Nicolaus Silver (1962), who each landed the Grand National a year prior to their wins in this. At 11 years old at the time of his victory, E.S.B also makes into the record books as the race’s oldest ever winner.
Jockeys and Trainers
Whilst a handful of jockeys have landed this prize twice over the years, only one has found himself in the winner’s enclosure on three occasions. That honour belongs to Tim Molony, whose hat-trick of wins between 1951 and 1957 make him the most successful rider in the history of the race.
Fred Rimmel was the man to provide Molony with his final winner, E.S.B in 1957. Having taken the prize on three further occasions it is legendary handler Rimmell who is out in front in the training ranks.
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