Tuesday’s race of the day – Preview and tips of the feature Handicap Chase at Southwell

Horses jump a fence at Southwell racecourseHorses jump a fence at Southwell racecourse

Jon Vine takes a look through the field set to contest the feature Handicap Chase at Southwell and provides readers with his selections on Tuesday 3rd December.

As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve taken a look through each of the runners in Tuesday’s race of the day at Southwell and tipped a second-season novice to come out on top.

Tuesday’s Race Of The Day at Southwell


Only a four-year-old, so will be gaining weight from older rivals here. Was in with two decent sorts on his first start over fences at Warwick, but didn’t leave a particularly good impression in trailing home a 30-length fourth. Jumped right frequently, which won’t be good around this tight, left-handed track. Might prefer better ground too.

Fort De L’Ocean

Heavily beaten on all three starts in France and was barely mentioned on British debut at Bangor, crossing the line 66 lengths behind the winner when carrying odds of 8/1 to post. Moves up to chasing after just one hurdles start, which suggests he’s built for the bigger obstacles. No form in the book though.


The third four-year-old in this race. Unlike Belargus, he ran well for much of his chasing debut, just fading down the home straight and was passed by several fast-finishing rivals. Jumped neatly that day and should come on from the run. Stable in good form. Whether he’s well-handicapped, I’m not totally sure.

Sam Twiston Davies (left) and Dr Richard Newland (right) have a good strike record together this season.

Massini Man

Won on first start over hurdles last season. Struggled in five starts afterwards. Didn’t take to trips further than two miles, so dropping back seems sensible. Sir’s progeny often to much better over fences and he could have a say in the matter.

Monsieur D’Arque

Secured some impressive results as a novice hurdles last season. Received a rating of 125 after smart victory at Ludlow. Well beaten on final start of the season and wasn’t competitive in the Greatwood on his reappearance. Now goes chasing and connections boast impressive record here at Southwell. Greatly respected.

Shady Oaks

Went straight over fences after arriving from Enda Bolger’s point-to-point ranks. Ran well in first two starts here at Southwell. Then campaigned at a higher level and struggled, even ran in Lightning Novice’s Chase at Doncaster. Pulled up on first start at Aintree, but this race is much easier and he could be very well-treated.

Vado Forte

Ran just twice last season and was vastly outclassed on chasing debut in with Sam Spinner and Beakstown. Stayed on to finish ahead of Katpoli at Chepstow and should still be good enough to challenge off this sort of weight. There are better options though.


Katpoli doesn’t offer a great amount of appeal for me at his opening price. Neither does Vado Forte. The Skelton’s are the leading partnership here at Southwell and Monseur D’Arque is bred to go over fences. On this occasion though, I’m prepared to take an each-way chance on SHADY OAKS.

Charles Pogson was a little too ambitious with this six-year-old last season and his performance at Aintree last time is a worry. Yet, the handicapper’s decision to drop his rating by five-pounds leaves Shady Oaks looking very well-handicapped. He’s run well around Southwell twice in the past and Richard Johnson strike-rate here is better only by Harry Skelton. I’ll take a bit of 9/1 on him.