Grimthorpe Handicap Chase Betting Tips – 3rd March 2018
Great Britain is not a country known for extreme weather. It rains a lot across Britain and it can get a little cold but heatwaves and cold snaps are relatively rare and pretty mild.
So when the weather does take a turn for the worse in Britain it does tend to cause havoc.
The recent band of cold air and snow dubbed the ‘Beast From the East’ has caused all sorts of problems to transport, business and even sport.
Racing was abandoned on Friday at courses all over the country and it will take a great deal of hard work and a fair bit of luck to keep Saturday’s fixtures going.
It would be a great shame to lose the highly exciting renewal of the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at Doncaster. We have a top class field set to go to post in this three mile, two furlong contest so keep those fingers crossed that we’ve seen the worst of the weather.
Racing on FRIDAY 2 MARCH has been adandoned.— Doncaster Racecourse (@DoncasterRaces) February 28, 2018
Regarding racing on Saturday 3 March, an inspection will go ahead tomorrow at 12:00 to see if any improvements have been made. pic.twitter.com/oURp7YORkf
Past Five Winners
2017 – Definitly Red, aged 8, ridden by Danny Cook, trained by Brian Ellison
2016 – The Last Samuri, aged 8, ridden by David Bass, trained by Kim Bailey
2015 – Wayward Price, aged 11, ridden by Robert Dunne, trained by Hilary Parrott
2014 – Night In Milan, aged 8, ridden by James Reveley, trained by Keith Reveley
2013 – Quentin Collonges, aged 9, ridden by Andrew Tinkler, trained by Henry Daly
Key Trends for Your Grimthorpe Betting
The Grimthorpe Handicap was first run in 1988. We’ve been able to gather some helpful stats over the years so let’s pick out the most important ones for your weekend betting.
The first thing to note is that although the race is open to horses aged five and older, Damers Calvary is the only horse aged under eight to win in its history.
Experience is clearly key then, as is a proven ability in longer distance races with all but one of the last 15 winners having a previous success over three miles to their name.
Horses who have run in the last month have an edge according to the stats as do those carrying a maximum of 10-12.
Wakanda the Pick of the Favourites
Bigbadjohn is the early favourite with the bookies for the Grimthorpe Handicap but of those towards the top of the betting it’s Wakanda who gets the nod from us.
There is no doubting the nine-year-old has the class to win on Saturday. Not only did Wakanda finish third in the 2017 renewal but he heads into Saturday’s encounter on the back of an impressive win in the Sky Bet Chase.
As you’d expect, he’s been punished by the handicapper for that win but there’s still room for improvement from Sue Smith’s gelding. He’ll have to be at his best to see off the various quality challengers he’s up against but Wakanda can do the business at 7/1 with Boylesports.
Vicente Over Priced for an Each-Way Bet
Paul Nicholls has entered Vicente into the Grimthorpe for one reason – he wants to test his nine-year-old over a stiff trip to see whether or not he has a chance in the Grand National.
The past two winners of this race, Definitly Red and The Last Samuri, have contended at the Grand National and Nicholls clearly sees a trip to Doncaster as an important pre-Aintree option.
Vicente certainly has the stamina for the Grand National (he’s currently 33/1 with William Hill) and we think he can prove that by claiming a place at the Grimthorpe at odds of 16/1 with Betfair.