Christy 1965 Chase 2019 Analysis
14:05 at Ascot on 23rd November
3-runner races don’t get much better than the 2019 Christy 1965 Chase, although the 138-rated Solomon Grey is surely just running for third-placed prize money after being beaten 54-lengths in a novice chase last time. You can’t blame connections for picking up some easy money, but we can only hope he doesn’t hinder either Altior or Cyrname.
Connections of the 176-rated Cyrname and the 1lb lower-rated Altior were probably hoping that the other wouldn’t show up for the race, but they must all be commended for taking each other on in what is potentially a dress rehearsal for the King George Chase on Boxing Day.
Altior, unbeaten in 19 runs over hurdles and fences, steps up beyond two-miles for the first time. Everyone thinks he could improve for the extra distance but he’ll need to if Cyrname repeats his run over course and distance last year.
Cyrname beat Waiting Patiently 17-lengths that day with Politologue a further 3¼ lengths back in fourth. Politologue has since finished much closer to Altior in the Champion Chase and was second to another potential star in Defi Du Seuil earlier this season.