Topham Chase Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Aintree, 13 April 2018
The big one – the Grand National itself – of course falls on the concluding Saturday of the three day National meeting, but we are given an early sight of the trademark fences in Friday’s main event; the Topham Chase. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers surrounding the contest, and provide our betting tips for the race.
Held over a trip of 2m 5½f , this Grade 3 handicap contest was first run at Aintree in 1949. Open to runners aged five and older, this race is always an excellent spectacle and now offers £120,000 in total prize money.
Topham Chase Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Topham Chase Betting Offers 2018
- Coral Bet £5, Get £5 Free Bet – 18+. UK+IRE only. Min deposit £5. Certain payment methods and cashout excluded. Min first bet £5. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. Free bet credited upon placement of qualifying bet, valid for 24 hours. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs Apply. This Sports Promotion is available from 23:59 Thursday 12/04/18 until 18:30 Saturday 14/04/18
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Topham Chase Tips and Race Preview 2018
The Grand National Festival at Aintree is highlighted by the most well known National Hunt Race in the world. The Grand National is not the only big field handicap of the three day meeting however. Friday’s Topham Chase is another fiendishly difficult betting puzzle for punters to get their teeth stuck into. As ever the maximum field of 30 are set to go to post but who will have the good luck on Friday the 13th?
Theatre Territory the Best Option at the Head of the Market
After winning the Topham Chase last year, Ultragold is back in the field for another crack at this two mile, five and a half furlong chase. His chances of back to back successes aren’t great but Ultragold’s win at 50/1 12 months ago shows just how unpredictable this race can be. Punters have their fair share of big odds options towards the foot of the betting but when it comes to the top of market Theatre Territory stands out as the best bet at 12/1 with Bet365.
Aintree will be Theatre Territory’s first assignment since finishing third in a 15 horse field at Kempton at the end of February. That was the fifth appearance since the eight-year-old arrived at Warren Greatrex’s yard from Nicky Henderson’s. Theatre Territory is yet to finish worse than third for his new trainer despite appearing over a variety of trips and ground conditions.
Theatre Territory has only raced once at Aintree but he recently completed some work at the track which everybody at the yard was happy with. With Sam Waley-Cohen (who has an excellent record at Aintree) booked for the ride, Theatre Territory could just be the one the others have to beat.
Bigbadjohn a Danger on Aintree Debut
Nigel Twiston-Davies became Bigbadjohn’s trainer only at the start of the year. That switch instantly paid off with the nine-year-old winning at Kempton in his first start for his new yard but don’t look too much into that win.
Twiston-Davies was more interested in sussing his new charge out than anything else and purposely entered him into a race that he really should have been winning. You can’t knock Bigbadjohn for winning against six opponents at 5/2 but the Topham Chase is a different matter entirely.
Thankfully for connections, Bigbadjohn has a good record over two miles, five furlongs and has done plenty of good work on good to soft ground. He’s also no stranger to competing in big field handicaps so could represent good value for an each way play at 25/1 with Coral.
Other Each Way Options Worth Considering
It takes a very brave punter to head into the Topham Chase having backed just one horse. This is an unpredictable race so consider the following horses in addition to the two already advised.
Gas Line Boy placed fifth in last year’s Grand National and won over course and distance at the start of December. He’ll prefer a bit of cut in the ground but is well priced at 16/1 with BetVictor.
Eastlake is another with winning form at Aintree having claimed the 2016 Topham Chase. He is capable of pulling a performance out of nowhere and is tempting at 33/1 with Ladbrokes.
Topham Chase Previous Winners
- 2017 – Ultragold – jockey Harry Cobden, trainer Colin Tizzard
- 2016 – Eastlake – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
- 2015 – Rajdhani Express – jockey Mr Sam Waley-Cohen, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2014 – Ma Filleule – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2013 – Triolo D’Alene – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2012 – Always Waining – jockey Tom O’Brien, trainer Peter Bowen
- 2011 – Always Waining – jockey Tom O’Brien, trainer Peter Bowen
- 2010 – Always Waining – jockey Brian Hughes, trainer Peter Bowen
- 2009 – Irish Raptor – jockey Paddy Brennan, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
- 2008 – Gwanako – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2007 – Dunbrody Millar – jockey Jamie Moore, trainer Peter Bowen
Topham Chase History
The likes of, “The Chair”, “Bechers Brook” and “Valentines” will forever be associated with the Grand National. Aintree’s most famous contest isn’t the only race in which they feature however. The Becher Chase and Foxhunter Chase each take place on the Grand National course, as does this popular event which takes place a day before the National itself.
It takes a certain type of horse to prevail here and experience has generally proved to be an advantage in this toughest of jumping challenges, with the older runners holding sway overall. That fact didn’t stop either Cyfor Malta (1998) or Gwanako (2008) winning this as a five year old though. The oldest winner came in 1993 when the Toby Balding trained Sirrah Jay came home in front at the grand old age of 13.
Culworth (1950,1951) and Roughan (1957,1958) were impressive dual winners here, but both were put in the shadow by Always Waining’s remarkable three on the bounce between the years of 2010 and 2012.
It takes great skill in the saddle to safely negotiate these most notoriously difficult of obstacles. It should therefore come as little surprise to see a number of the most talented riders of modern times featuring on the roll of honour here. The greatest ever Tony McCoy and his big rival and friend Ruby Walsh boast two wins in the race. The pair sit one behind Richard Dunwoody and Barry Geraghty, who lead the way with a total of three.
Jonjo O’Neill is worthy of a special mention here, with the Irishman following up his two wins in the saddle with another two as a trainer. The trainer of Always Waining, Peter Bowen boasts four wins in the race, as does W Hall. Leading the way with five successes though is Nicky Henderson. These five wins include an impressive three in succession between 2013 and 2015, achieved with three different horses.