Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Runners & Riders – The Classic Chase 2021 at Warwick

‘The Steeple Times’ examines the tipsters’ selections and offers 4 options for The Classic Chase 2021 at Warwick – as well as a 15/1 at Market Rasen

Today, after a second day this week finishing 99% up for our racing followers on email with a 1st for Majaam at 4/1 (£5 to £17), a 4th for International Law at 8/1, a 3rd for Socru at 11/2 and a 1st for Crazy Spin at 12/1 (£5 to £41) yesterday, we are looking at EACH WAY BETS in The Classic Chase 2021 at Warwick.


3pm Warwick – The Classic Chase 2021 (13 runners, 4 places with Ladbrokes ‘The Grid’)


The Classic Chase 2021 is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase that is open to horses aged 5 years or older. It runs over a distance of 3 miles and 5 furlongs and features 22 fences.


Last year’s winner was Kimberlite Candy for Tom Lacey and in 2017, it was won by another favourite horse of ours, the Lucinda Russell trained One For Arthur.


Today in The Classic Chase 2021, we are favouring a punt on another old favourite, Twiston-Davies double The Hollow Ginge at 13/1 from 20/1 earlier (Racing Post ‘Ace Tipster’, At The Races ’Top Tip’)

Callum Jamieson for The Sun says: “We return to an old friend, The Hollow Ginge, who I actually fancied to go well in the Welsh National at Chepstow last weekend.”


“He was kept in the rear much of the way before unseating jockey Jamie Bargary at the 13th fence. That race shouldn’t have taken too much out of him and he’s now been found a much easier spot.”


“On top of that, he’s trading around a 16-1 poke at the time of writing –a similar price to the one he has chalked up at originally last week. He’s been dropped another pound, but the booking of Sam Twiston-Davies catches the eye more than the minimal lenience offered by the handicapper.”


“Twiston-Davies has partnered the horse to three of his four wins and this has to signal some form of intent He gets in off a perfect racing weight of 10’9, largely thanks to stablemate Ballyoptic heading the weights at a whopping 11’12. All the same positives apply from last week. Plenty of rain is forecast and conditions should suit. His fourth in the Ladbrokes Trophy remains a rock-solid piece of form and showed a step up in trip and further emphasis will be right up his street.”


“The bet has to be The Hollow Ginge at big odds. He looks a cracking each-way poke in an open race.”


At The Races adds: “A chance is taken with THE HOLLOW GINGE in the Classic Chase 2021. He was creeping into contention when unseating his rider in the Welsh National last Saturday and he is able to race off a 1lb lower mark on this occasion.”


Racing Post says: “Fourth in major handicap at Newbury in November, his sole completion this season.”


Keith Rose for Racing Post adds: “A marathon trip and deep ground look right up his street. Can improve on his Ladbrokes Trophy fourth.”


Also in The Classic Chase 2021, Tom Cannon – Alan King combo Notachance at 18/5 from 7/2 earlier (The Sun NB, Daily Mail ‘Robin Goodfellow’)

The Sun says: “Impressive at Bangor on comeback and should stay this far… He has every chance after taking a big step forward at Bangor last time. He relished the heavy ground at the Welsh track and had plenty left in the tank at the end of three miles. The handicapper hasn’t gone mad with a 7lb rise and he looks a real marathon runner in the Classic Chase 2021.”


Racing Post adds: “Progressive sort; won useful handicap at Bangor in November; should have more to offer.”


Also in The Classic Chase 2021, Skelton double Captain Chaos at 11/2 from 7/1 earlier (Telegraph)

Racing Post says: “Should revive with blinkers refitted (good record in the blinds); second in this last year.”


Also in The Classic Chase 2021, Kielan Woods on Le Breuil at 19/4 from 6/1 earlier (Racing Post ‘Spotlight NAP’, Radio 4, At The Races ‘Watch Out For’)

Racing Post says: “The 2019 NH Chase winner LE BREUIL (nap) is taken to beat the improving Notachance… Had wind surgery since his third in the Becher Chase; this may well be his time to shine.”


At The Races adds: “Le Breuil shaped well for a long way when third in the Becher Chase at Aintree and a wind operation is likely to aid his cause with connections needing a victory to ensure him every chance of making the Grand National line-up.”


Richard Austen for Racing Post adds: “Bravely won the 2019 National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham and remains the type to win a big staying handicap, for all that he’s 0-6 since. Had wind surgery since finishing third in the Becher Chase six weeks ago and runs off a handy mark, so this may well be his time to shine.”


Elsewhere today in other races, we’re keen looking at:


1.50pm Warwick (3 runners, WIN only)


Old favourite producer for us, Jonjo O’Neill – Colin Tizzard combo Fiddlerontheroof at 21/10 from 2/1 earlier (Sporting Life, At The Races ‘Watch Out For’)

Ben Linfoot for Sporting Life says: “FIDDLERONTHEROOF can get the better of Next Destination and Golan Fortune in the Grade 2 Hampton Novices’ Chase at Warwick on Saturday.”


“The Colin Tizzard stable is down in the doldrums a bit at present but Fiddlerontheroof has the fencing experience to get the better of his two rivals on Saturday.”


“Second to a good horse in Allart at Ascot last time, he just lacked the winner’s extra gear that day but it was another good run over an intermediate trip and he can improve going up to three miles at this track.”


“Jonjo O’Neill Jr should be able to dominate on the front end and make the most of the 5lb he receives from Next Destination, as well as his extra experience (has had four chasing starts already) which could prove vital.”


Racing Post adds: “FIDDLERONTHEROOF who, strictly speaking, has the best chance at the weights… Solid chase record, albeit over shorter trips; has a good chance on ratings.”


At The Races less enthusiastic: “Fiddlerontheroof is best treated at these weights but looks second best.”


Moving on to two other races, we suggest EACH WAY bets at 2.40pm and 3.15pm Market Rasen:


2.40pm Market Rasen (8 runners, 3 places)


Old favourite producer for us, Bryony Frost – Neil King combo Lil Rockefeller at 13/5 from 5/2 earlier (Daily Mail ‘Gimcrack’)

Racing Post says: “Runner-up in a 3m handicap on return from a year out; these terms are favourable.”


Also in the same race, Nico de Boinville – Nicky Henderson combo On The Blind Side at 7/5 from 11/8 earlier (, The Sun TREBLE)

Racing Post says: “Hard to fault back over hurdles this season and solid claims, even with his penalty. “


The Sun adds: “Cracking second in Grade 2 last time and one to beat… He has been in great form this season and followed two top efforts at Cheltenham with a gutsy Grade 2 second at Kempton last weekend. Trip and ground are ideal so only coming back quickly can stop him.”


3.15pm Market Rasen (7 runners, 2 places)


Nico de Boinville – Willie Mullins combo Grangee at 33/20 from 13/8 earlier (Radio 4, The Sun NAP, Racing Post, Telegraph NB)

The Sun says: “Impressive at Galway and comes from bumper king Mullins.”


Racing Post says: “With the emphasis on stamina, GRANGEE, representing last year’s winning trainer Willie Mullins, is preferred to Eileendover… Won in a big field at Galway and seems sure to go well for last year’s winning trainer.”


Also in the same race at bigger odds, Olly Murphy trained Chosen Port at 15/1 from 18/1 earlier

Racing Post says: “Well-bred point winner; second at Wetherby on rules debut; could well outrun her odds.”


Happy racing and may we wish you huge success with whoever you choose for The Classic Chase 2021 at Warwick today.


Pictured top: Our favoured pick of the day for The Classic Chase 2021 at Warwick has to be The Hollow Ginge.


The Classic Chase 2021, Warwick – Though an analysis of the tipsters’ choices across the board in the Classic Chase 2021 at Warwick generally favour Notachance, The Hollow Ginge, Captain Chaos and Le Breuil are all worth a look in our view.
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


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