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2021 Cotswold Chase Tips - 9/2 chance can take down market leaders
- We take a look through the field set to run in the 2021 Cotswold Chase
- This rescheduled Grade Two will take place at Sandown on Saturday 6th February
- Santini and Bristol De Mai finished first and second here last year
- Former Gold Cup winner Native River will also run
- Saint Calvados is our selection at 9/2
Santini (right) and Bristol De Mai jumping the last in the 2020 Cotswold Chase. (Getty)
After Trials Day was washed away, the 2021 Cotsworld Chase will now take place at Sandown on Saturday. This race is used as a key trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with greats like Little Owl, Master Oats and Looks Like Trouble completing the Cotswold Chase, Gold Cup double during their illustrious career.
A talented field will approach the starter's flag ahead of the 2021 renewal. We've taken a look at the odds and picked out our best bet!
2021 Cotswold Chase Odds
|Bristol De Mai||9/4|
|Lake View Lad||16/1|
*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 27/1/21*
2021 Cotswold Chase Tips
Last year, Santini got the better of Bristol De Mai when they met here in the Cotswold Chase. The market leaders jumped off in front and never saw another rival.
Bristol De Mai didn't jump particularly fluently, and Daryl Jacob was almost unshipped when his mount pecked-on landing the third-last. Despite some poor leaps, and the fact he gave Santini two-pounds, it wasn't until the final 100 yards that Santini shook Bristol De Mai off and won by three lengths.
The time they set that day was 18 seconds slower than what Many Clouds managed on similar ground in 2017. It was even five seconds slower than Definitly Red's winning time from 2018, and that came on heavy ground, compared to just soft during Santini's victory.
I've never been a big fan of Santini. His previous performances going right-handed have been uninspiring and I think he's vulnerable to an improver. I'd never dream of writing Bristol De Mai off, especially on heavy ground, but I don't think he jumps well enough around other tracks as he does at Haydock, and his record going right-handed is poor.
Native River has also been inconvenienced going right-handed several times, and he's much rather this was run over the Gold Cup trip. Yala Enki is an admirable handicapper, but would be a little out of his depth, and I fancy Lake View Lad may take up his entry in the Cleeve Hurdle instead.
This leaves me with SAINT CALVADOS, who was my selection when the race was due to be run at Cheltenham.
Harry Whittington's charge simply loves Cheltenham. All of his appearances last season came around this track, winning a handicap over two miles, before going down narrowly in the Ryanair Chase. Gavin Sheehan held his mount up confidently on the inside rail that day, and looked to be in with a big chance jumping the last, but Min proved too classy to pass on the run to the line.
Saint Calvados was pitched straight into the King George on his return to action this term. Despite pulling his way into second at the half-way stage and jumping left on more than one occasion, Sheehan took aim at Frodon jumping the last, only to run out of steam in the closing stages and eventually finish fourth.
Jumping left would be a big issue at Sandown, but the fact this race will now be run over three miles and not three-and-a-quarter is a big plus for Saint Calvados. If Gavin Sheehan can drop his mount in and find a lovely rhythm behind the pacesetters, then this young, improving stayer can claim the biggest win of his career.