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.
The Sky Bet Chase is the headline race from a quality card at Doncaster on Saturday. Officially registered as the Great Yorkshire Chase, this is a very competitive handicap which is run over 3 miles and provides a healthy prize of £57,000 for the winner.
The average price of the last 10 winners of the Sky Bet Chase is around 9/1 which shows that whilst surprise winners from further down the betting are possible (The Rainbow Hunter is the biggest priced winner of the last decade at 25/1) punters will rightly be focussing towards the top of the betting when making their picks.
Sky Bet Handicap Chase Betting Tips
Note: odds are correct at the time of publish and may fluctuate – please see betting site in question for latest prices.
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Sky Bet Handicap Chase Tips and Race Preview 2019
Is Another King Winner Set to be Crowned?
Alan King has a strong affinity with the Sky Bet Chase. He has trained the winner of two of the last three editions of this race and has had the favourite in the betting for the 2019 renewal for some time now in the shape of Dingo Dollar.
King caused Dingo Dollar’s ante post backers’ heart rate to raise when he suggested that he was seriously considering switching his seven-year-old to Cheltenham on Saturday over concerns that the ground at Doncaster would be too quick. Those worries have clearly eased as Dingo Dollar has been confirmed for the Sky Bet Chase. So far, his price has held steady but there is every chance that his starting price will be shorter than the 11/4 that Paddy Power are currently offering.
Dingo Dollar is yet to win this season but his first appearance came over hurdles and was little more than a warm up for his performance in the Ladbrokes Trophy where he jumped well but just couldn’t hang on in the closing stages of that 3m2f contest. A return to slightly firmer ground and a shorter trip should suit him well so King has a very good chance to land the Sky Bet Chase again.
Light Weight to Help Federici’s Chances
Although only 11 horses have been declared from a possible full field size of 20 the Sky Bet Chase remains a competitive race. Horses carrying less than 11st 2lb have had a good record in recent years and whilst the competition between the quality horses at the top of the betting and the weights suggests the handicap mark will not have as big an influence as it used to have, it is well worth having a speculative each way bet on a horse who has been well treated by the handicapper.
Federici is that horse. Donald McCain’s 10-year-old frustrated his connections and backers with his inconsistency last season but he has turned in some very good performances over fences. He ran well in his seasonal reappearance at Aintree but finishing fifth means he has not been penalised and will carry just 10st 3lb. That’s a mark which should allow him to be competitive at Doncaster and could well see him grab a place at 16/1 with Coral.
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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