Classic Handicap Chase Preview : It’s No Mysteree In This Warwick Marathon
Event Venue: Warwick Racecourse, Saturday, January 13th at 3.35pm. Live on ITV4.See Stats
There is a lull in the racing action just now after the big races over Christmas and the New Year and before some of the major trials and then the meeting that matters most. The Cheltenham Festival is a huge part of the jumps season such that some racing professionals believe it is too dominant. Certainly there are very few clashes between the top horses because everyone wants to peak over those four days in the middle of March. Saturday’s racing is mainly competitive handicaps such as the Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick. You can back your selection using a horse racing bookmaker free bet.
Horses that run in this type of race have been around for years. On the Flat a horse may run as a two and three-year-old and then be retired. Generally, racing fans’ favourite horses that have run on the level have had extended careers. Winning the Derby is the pinnacle but very few winners of the most prestigious Flat race in the world stay in training. By contrast Cue Card is still operating as a 12-year-old having won the bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010.
The first two horses home in the Welsh Grand National last Saturday were aged 13 and the veteran’s chase at Sandown was hugely popular for betting. Amazingly the winning jockey at Chepstow was only three years older than the horse he piloted to victory. There have been calls for a veteran’s chase at the Festival but that could devalue the Sandown contest. There is certainly scope for increasing the programme for the older generation over hurdles and fences. The Classic Chase could produce another winner from the more mature ranks.
The race is run over three miles five furlongs and even on decent ground can be a slog. With so much rain around the country we are looking at heavy going and only a small group of horses will relish the conditions. On the basis of ground suitability Mysteree (16/1 with William Hill) was heavily backed to win the Welsh National but the horse was pulled up after the 12th fence. At that stage the race had not reached the two miles point so Mysteree was not stretched or asked to run at full racing pace so there should be plenty left in the tank. At aged 10 the horse is approaching the veteran stage.
The race should attract a decent field and if there are 16 runners or more bookmakers will offer place terms of one quarter the odds for the first four. Some may settle each way bets on five places but in any case Mysteree is the standout win and place wager.
MYSTEREE has the coinditions to excel in this race.
- The Classic Chase is a Grade 3 handicap for horses aged five and older.
- One For Arthur won the race last year and then the Grand National.
- In various guises the race has been run since 1974.
- No horse has won the race more than once.
- Winners have ranged from age 6 to 12.
- However, it has only been run as the Classic Chase since 2004.
- In that time winners have been aged 7 to 10.
- Five of those horses carried more than 11 stone (No race in 2009 and 2010).
- Ruby Walsh is the only multiple winning jockey.
- Alan King and Paul Nicholls are the only trainers with more than one win.
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