2020 Sky Bet Chase tips – Two against the field for Saturday’s Doncaster feature
Brian Healy looks at Saturday's Doncaster highlight where he picks out two runners against the field for the day's feature race.
Brian Healy assesses and gives his Sky Bet Chase tips for Saturday’s feature race at Doncaster, and the competitive handicap contest spearheads a quality racecard on Town Moor.
The Listed contest is also known as the Great Yorkshire Chase, and the three mile contest invariably produces a pulsating finish for a first prize which exceeds £56,000 to the winner.
The feature race gets underway at 3.15pm as the sixth of seven races on the card and the classy handicap chase has been won by some notable types in the past, including Wakanda, dual-winner Ziga Boy, Calgary Bay and Big Fella Thanks in recent years, and a potential field of 18 runners will go to post for the Saturday highlight at Doncaster where the race will be shown live as part of Saturday’s live ITV Racing coverage.
Brian Healy takes a look at the big-field entries and picks out two tips against the field who it might pay to side with in Saturday’s Doncaster feature.
SKY BET CHASE TIPS – TWO AGAINST THE FIELD
Ok Corral (10/1, Ladbrokes) would be dangerous to discount if coming back to the sort of smart form he showed in his novice campaign, but he’s disappointed in both runs this term including at Cheltenham on New Years’ Day where he was undone by a bad mistake at the top of the hill.
He can’t be discounted though despite top-weight, but he perhaps has a question to answer now; while Dingo Dollar (11/2, Bet365) wasn’t disgraced when last seen finishing fifth in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase, but he too looks to face a stiff task under a big weight.
Selection One – Chidswell (Nicky Richards/Brian Hughes)
CHIDSWELL (11/1, BetVictor) beat the latter named here last season to claim the Grimthorpe Chase, and Nicky Richards’ charge could post a big effort here on the back of a solid return to action at Kelso in December.
The veteran Gold Well gelding had also won at that venue last January which was his first success for almost two years; but he had been largely consistent inbetween those victories, and he looked to have the race in safekeeping when taking the Grimthrope prize when stablemate Looking Well departed at the final fence.
He probably failed to see out four miles in the Scottish Grand National on his next outing, pulled up behind Takingrisks, and he failed to fire at Perthin the Perth Gold Cup where he again called it a day early although he lost a shoe in the race and that effort could be forgiven.
His next start saw him return from a six month break at Kelso last month where he ran well in defeat behind Claud and Goldie, perhaps needing the outing and just unable to hold the challenge of the winner who swooped late for the success. That run will have brought him on though ahead of this latest outing, and he is only 1lb higher in the ratings for this latest outing.
While he is yet to win from a mark this high, he has placed from similar ratings in the past and with the drying ground in his favour he can post a big effort. Five of the last six winners carried 11-00 or less to victory so he meets that particular trend, and with course-winning form to his name it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him competitive.
Selection Two – Azzerti (Alan King/Adrian Heskin)
AZZERTI (8/1, Ladbrokes) meanwhile might not have been suited by the heavy ground when finishing fifth at Ascot last month behind Regal Encore in a Listed contest, but Alan King’s charge can be given another chance back on a better surface.
The Voix Du Nord gelding hasn’t always been convincing as a chaser, but he did manage to win twice last term over the larger obstacles although both came in small field contests at Ascot and Ludlow respectively. He did however show he can handle a big field when finishing a creditable seventh behind Siruh Du Lac in the Brown Advisory Plate, although he disappointed on his final start at Ayr.
Having made a winning reappearance at Newbury in November, he wasn’t disgraced back there next time when finishing sixth behind Oldgrangewood, and he might have found the test too much in the ground latest.
He does need to prove stamina for this three miles trip having shown his best form over shorter; but he has been dropped 2lbs in the weights following that latest outing and he remains with scope for better if his jumping holds up in this competitive contest where he is tried in a hood.
If he can see out the longer trip then he likely won’t be far away with a clear round and the ground coming more in his favour.