Betfair Ascot Chase Betting Tips – 17th February 2018
Many horses manage to win the respect of racing fans during their careers thanks to some highly impressive wins. Winning over the hearts of racing fans is a different matter entirely though.
It takes battling ability, a story of redemption and a certain amount of personality to make punters support a horse with their heart over their head.
Those are attributes that Cue Card has in spades and it’s for that reason that so many people are delighted to see the 12-year-old head to Ascot for another crack at the Betfair Ascot Chase.
Cue Card won this Grade 1 chase last year, four years after his first triumph. He displayed all of his class throughout the two mile, five furlong contest 12 months ago and connections are confident there is at least one more big run left in this hugely popular old stager.
Past Five Winners
2017 – Cue Card, aged 11, ridden by Paddy Brennan, trained by Colin Tizzard
2016 – Silviniaco Conti, aged 10, ridden by Noel Fehily, trained by Paul Nicholls
2015 – Balder Success, aged 7, ridden by Wayne Hutchinson, trained by Alan King
2014 – Captain Chris, aged 10, ridden by Richard Johnson, trained by Philip Hobbs
2013 – Cue Card, aged 7, ridden by Joe Tizzard, trained by Colin Tizzard
Bookies’ Odds Suggest a Three-Way Tussle
Although Cue Card would prove to be the most popular Ascot Chase winner, the early betting suggests that his chances are slim at best.
Colin Tizzard’s 12-year-old is available at a best price of 9/1 with Boylesports while there are three horses battling for favouritism.
Just ? days until the @Betfair Ascot Chase— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) February 7, 2018
The sponsors have priced up what could be a thrilling renewal
Top Notch 11/4
Coney Island 3/1
Waiting Patiently 7/2
Cue Card 8/1
Fox Norton 8/1
12/1 Bar pic.twitter.com/6LcQsFDtnZ
Top Notch is the early favourite at 2/1 with Sportingbet. The Nicky Henderson seven-year-old has some impressive form over both hurdles and fences and has the tools to potentially reward favourite backers.
Coney Island (11/4 with Boylesports) is many people’s idea of a very good bet for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He’s a general 10/1 for next month’s big race and while he’s a classy competitor, he does look better suited to a slightly longer trip.
The third well fancied horse is the one we’re lending our support to, Waiting Patiently.
The seven-year-old has won each of his five starts over fences to date and looks every inch a future contender for the biggest chases.
Waiting Patiently has certainly beaten some top quality horses already this season and the plan from trainer Ruth Jefferson is clearly to keep pushing him in terms of the class of opposition he’s up against.
The step up to Grade 1 level is a big ask but Waiting Patiently has answered every question he’s been posed so far and is ready to make another big stride forwards on Saturday at 11/4 with Paddy Power.
Can Cue Card Roll Back the Years One More Time?
Joe Tizzard, who rode Cue Card to Ascot Chase victory in 2013 and is now assistant to his dad, has been talking positively about his chances on Saturday.
He, along with many others connected to the 12-year-old, believe that he has one more big race in him and are hopeful that it will come at Ascot, a course where he’s been so successful.
Unfortunately, recent appearances have been characterised by some poor jumping and it really does look as though his days of contending in Grade 1s are behind him.
The future, however, looks much rosier for Speredek. The seven-year-old is a 25/1 shot with Betfair for the Ascot Chase, a price which looks to underplay his chances significantly.
Un de Sceaux was the only horse better than him in the Clarence House Chase last time out at Ascot and he’s performed well on soft conditions before.
Speredek has also shown himself versatile in terms of the distance and he could just spring a surprise on his return to Ascot.