A total of six horses will be going for glory in the Betfair Ascot Chase on Saturday afternoon and with such a small field, anyone with an entry is capable of coming out on top.
Currently, the bookmakers have five horses as contenders though as Pigeon Island is out at 50/1 with Betfred, so it would take something special for him to win here.
As many know, this famous race is run over a distance two miles and five-and-a-half furlongs, with a testing seventeen fences ready to be jumped.
There aren’t many better horses to start with than Finian’s Rainbow for this one as Nicky Henderson’s charge is a top quality chaser that is available at 7/2 with Coral to claim a victory at Ascot.
Few will doubt that Finian’s Rainbow is a great talent, but his form hasn’t been up to the standard that Henderson would have liked and he does need to raise his game with the quality on show here.
The bookies are struggling to pick a favourite for this one as well as Captain Chris and Cue Card are both available at 11/4 with Stan James.
Both managed a win back in November and then competed in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
Phillip Hobbs’ Captain Chris nearly took that race as well, but was just beaten by Long Run in the end, whereas Colin Tizzard’s Cue Card was back in fifth and seemed to struggle against such quality opposition.
They are each now racing for the first time since Boxing Day and look set to go toe-to-toe at Ascot on Saturday. They are decent value for favourites as well, so a number of bets are sure to be placed on Captain Chris and Cue Card.
Ghizao will represent Paul Nicholls and can be backed at 9/1 with Boylesports, which might not be a bad bet. Nicholls clearly rates this horse highly and believes he can win this Ascot Chase.
Ghizao has been in third position in his last two outings, so if the champion trainer has made a few tweaks to his preparation, he could be ready to go all the way in this one.
When it comes to betting on this one though, we like the look of Somersby at 9/2 with Blue Square. He ran well on his first encounter for the season in the Victor Chandler Chase at Cheltenham last month, finishing third behind National Hunt’s rising star Sprinter Sacre.
Somersby seems to be back to full fitness and this could be the race where he reminds everyone just what he is capable of.
This might only be a small field, but it should to be a thrilling encounter that is all but certain to entertain.
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