Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Chase 2019 Analysis
14:00 at Cheltenham on 26th October
This is the eighth edition of this handicap over 3 miles and 1 furlong, and the last seven have all been won by horses rated between 133 and 140. Six of the last seven winners were also returning from a break of over 100 days. SPs have ranged from 7/2 to 16/1, whilst Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson have each won the race three times.
Hobbs and Johnson team up with Rock The Kasbah, who often goes well fresh, but he has to defy a mark of 150. That’s, amazingly, now 3lb higher than the mark of former Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Minella Rocco, who would win this at his best, but probably has the Grand National as his ultimate aim.
Only six horses fall into the narrow rating band of previous winners, but Captain Chaos, Red Infantry, and Na Trachtalai Abu are all a few pounds above their last winning mark. That comment also applies to last year’s winner Cogry. Bob Mahler is also above his last winning mark but Daryl Jacob looks a decent booking for a 7-year-old that may have more to offer.