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2021 Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase Tips - 11/2 chance in the mix at Thurles
- We take a look through the field set to contest the 2021 Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase
- This Grade Two is the feature race at Thurles on Wednesday 27th January
- Allaho bids to hand Willie Mullins a third victory
- Battleoverdoyen, Annamix and Easy Game will also run on Sunday
A view of the chasers at an Irish racecourse. (Getty)
Thurles's rearranged meeting on Wednesday is headlined by the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase. Formerly known as the Kinlock Brae Chase, this race has been won by greats like Amberleigh House, Don Cossack and Sizing John during its 25-year history.
A classy field has been entered into this year's edition. Here's our guide to this fascinating Grade Two.
2021 Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase Odds
|Balko Des Flos||16/1|
*Odds taken from Betfair on 26/1/21*
2021 Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase Tips
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Allaho was immediately installed as the odds-on favourite for this Grade Two when the final field was announced. Despite Paul Townend opting to ride last year's Festival Novices' Chase fourth of the other three Willie Mullins runners, I'm keen to take the favourite on.
Allaho has only won one of his five starts over fences, and he only beat handicappers on that occasion. Mullins' charge clearly isn't a strong stayer over three miles and, by all accounts, jumped poorly on his reappearance in the John Durkan.
Sure, Allaho remains open to improvement, but he certainly hasn't done enough to warrant odds-on.
Battleoverdoyen cannot be ruled out, but that seven-pound penalty is a big stumbling block. Easy Game has shown a liking for better ground, Elimay only gets two pounds from the geldings, and Balko Des Flos has only got within ten lengths of the winner once since scoring in the Ryanair in 2017.
The one I'm left with is ANNAMIX, who was last seen running in the Grade One over two miles at Leopardstown. Danny Mullins' mount set off in the lead, but drifted back to last as the pace quickened up down the back, before staying on late to finish fourth.
Going left-handed, Annamix is nought from four. Right-handed, however, Willie Mullins' grey is unbeaten in three starts, winning once over hurdles and twice over the larger obstacles.
Danny Mullins was in the saddle as Annamix made a winning chase debut at Fairyhouse last January. Despite a blunder at the second-last, the favourite had more than enough in the tank to beat Spyglass Hill at Gowran Park back in November.
Willie Mullins' charge is currently a 25/1 shot for the Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival. I'm not sure that track will suit, but a big performance here could put Annamix right in the picture for big races at Fairyhouse and Punchestown later in the Spring.