Paddy Power Handicap Chase 2020 Analysis
14:00 at Cheltenham on 1st January
Aso showed that class can prevail in this Grade 3 Handicap Chase by winning off top-weight and a mark of 158 last year. That suggests that the likes of Kalashnikov, Saint Calvados, and Cepage aren’t without a chance at the head of the weights.
Meanwhile, Ballyhill won the 2018 renewal off a mark of 132 and carrying 10-2, suggesting that he could go well again off a 5lb higher mark (but again carrying 10-2) this year. His trainer has also won three of the last six editions of this race.
However, seven of the last nine winners have been rated between 140 and 149. Four horses fall into that bracket, but OK Corral is normally better over a longer distance. Lalor has decent course form but his stable is on the cold list, whilst Old Grangewood has yet to place form three starts at Cheltenham.