Betfred Classic Chase

WarwickThe feature race at Warwick tomorrow is the Betfred Classic Chase, which is a Grade 3 Handicap held over three miles and five furlongs. In heavy ground, this will take some getting and a horse with proven stamina is very much needed.

15 runners will head to post for this one and Sego Success heads the betting right now at 6/1 for Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson.

This horse has been running in staying chases for a while now and seemed to enjoy the three mile trip at Doncaster last time out when winning by five lengths.


Over these sorts of trips though, the horse has struggled a little but and is up a further seven pounds for that last win.

The King yard is in good form at the moment and the horse has won at Warwick before. He could be improving, but the current price might be a little bit short.

Paul Nicholls has a fancied runner in this too with Vivaldi Collonges competing and he is around the 7/1 mark.

This seven-year-old won on heavy ground at Kelso last time out and that was a good performance in a small field.

He was, however, pulled up when running behind Sego Success at the Cheltenham Festival. This trip should be OK with a run under his belt and the horse being a year older. He gets the services of Sam Twiston-Davies too and is a big player.

Midnight Prayer is another runner for the Alan King team and Tom Bellamy takes a valuable three pounds off the eleven-year-old.

This trip won’t be a problem for the gelding as he’s won over further before and has no problem with a testing surface either.

How much ability he has now at eleven remains to be seen, but at 7/1 he is attracting plenty of support.

It’s been a while since Houblon Des Obeaux was in the winners’ enclosure, but he has been competing in some very good races and is extremely well handicapped on his old form.

It will be a big ask to carry joint top weight round here as well and the horse didn’t jump well at Ascot last time out. 8/1 could again be a little short here.

Nigel Twiston-Davies has two entered here in the shape of Algernon Pazham and Foxbridge, who are at 10/1 and 14/1 respectively.

Algernon Pazham unseated his rider over the National fences last time out and is another who has found winning a little bit tough recently. A stamina test looks to be what he needs though and he could go close.

Foxbridge might be a little bit more interesting though as he was a respectable fourth behind The Last Samuri over Christmas at Kempton.

That was probably a little bit sharp for the ten-year-old and this kind of trip will suit more you’d think. He’s in off a low weight here and Jamie Bargary is well worth his seven pound claim. 14/1 could be a huge price.

Others to not include Rigadin De Beauchene, De Kerry Man and What A Good Night.

It’s 16/1 and over about the rest of the field.

For us, a bet of Foxbridge each-way at 14/1 looks to be the best way to go.

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