Betway Handicap Chase Analysis
15:35 at Kempton on 22nd February
This Grade 3 Handicap Chase is worth £56,950 to the winner and most of the runners will have been plotted towards what is normally a very winnable prize with so many other big meetings in close proximity.
Eight of the last 10 winners have been rated between 134 and 144 so, whilst two winners have won off 154, Black Corton and Talkischeap may struggle off marks of 159 and 157. Crievehill is also 9lb higher than his last winning mark, though Kildisart has possibilities off a mark just 3lb higher than when winning at Aintree last season.
Just a Sting and Highway One O One looks closely matched on their run over course and distance earlier in the season and, though this looks a step up in class, both looked to have been laid out for this race.
However, perhaps last year’s race holds the key piece of form as Double Shuffle, Adrien Du Pont, and Romain De Senam return after finishing second, third, and fourth. Romain De Senam looks up against it off an 11lb higher mark, but Double Shuffle could go close after also finishing second off a 1lb lower mark in 2017.