Eider Handicap Chase Betting Tips – 24th February 2018
The 2018 Grand National gets closer with every passing day and we have another cracking trial for the Aintree race at Newcastle on Saturday.
The Eider Handicap Chase is perhaps the best option for trainers who want to test the stamina reserves of their horses ahead of a potential assault on British racing’s biggest race.
Run over a distance of four miles and half a furlong, the Eider Chase has certainly caught out plenty of previous entrants. Only three horses completed the race in 2011 while 12 of those who went to post last year were pulled up in running.
As well as a marathon distance and heavy ground, there are 25 fences to be jumped. Any horse who makes it round at Newcastle on Saturday warrants a second look in the Grand National ante post betting.
Past Five Winners
2017 – Mysteree, aged 9, ridden by Robbie Dunne, trained by Michael Scudamore
2016 – Rocking Blues, aged 11, ridden by Lorcan Murtagh, trained by Rose Dobbin
2015 – Milborough, aged 9, ridden by Graham Watters, trained by Ian Duncan
2014 – Wyck Hill, aged 10, ridden by Tom Scudamore, trained by David Bridgwater
2012 – Portrait King, aged 7, ridden by Denis O’Regan, trained by Maurice Phelan
(The 2013 renewal was abandoned due to snow)
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Eider Chase Trends to Point You in the Right Direction
Portrait King is the only favourite to win the Eider Chase since This Is Serious back in 2002. Although this is very much a specialist race for long distance stayers it’s worth noting that most previous winners come from the 6/1 to 11/1 bracket.
Similarly, we’ve seen older horses with bags of stamina win the Eider Chase but 13 of the last 15 winners were aged 10 or younger.
Clearly, a previous aptitude for long distance races is key and it’s no surprise that each of the last 14 winners already had a win over three miles or longer to their name.
The final interesting stat to bear in mind is that Irish bred horses have claimed 10 of the last 14 renewals.
West of the Edge
You’d want to be backing a horse with rock solid jumping ability for the Eider Chase so it may come as a bit of a surprise that our headline pick actually started this season by competing in a couple of hurdles.
When West Of The Edge was sent out over hurdles by his trainer, Dr Richard Newland, some thought that was the long term plan for this 10-year-old. However, it seems as though Newland was simply trying to get his charge back into the swing of things after the summer break.
West Of The Edge was back over the larger obstacles last time out at Haydock where he found only one horse too good for him over three miles, three furlongs.
He’s won competitive long distance handicaps in the past and has shown an aptitude for competing on heavy ground. Support continues to flood in for West Of The Edge as he ticks so many of the right boxes (he’s Irish bred as well) but you can still get a generous looking 8/1 about his chances with Coral.
Can Milansbar Continue His Improvement at Newcastle?
When trainers are struggling for ideas on how to get the best out of their horses they often experiment with different equipment to try and shake them up.
That’s what Neil King did with Milansbar, fitting his 11-year-old with headgear last time out at Warwick. It proved to be an inspired decision as Milansbar won the Grade 3, Betfred Classic on soft ground.
A repeat of that sort of performance should see Milansbar grab a place at 10/1 with Ladbrokes.