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2021 Sky Bet Handicap Chase Tips - Two horses to back at Doncaster

  • We take a look through the runners set to take part in the 2021 Sky Bet Handicap Chase
  • This Listed Handicap will be the big betting race at Doncaster on Saturday 30th January
  • Cap Du Nord and Canelo top the current betting
  • Aye Right is our best bet at 8/1, with Boldmere our next best at 14/1
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Aye Right (right) finishing second behind Cloth Cap in the Ladbrokes Trophy. (Getty)

Doncaster stages a really an excellent card on Saturday, featuring three important Grade Two races. The big betting race of the day will be the Sky Bet Handicap Chase, a three-mile handicap that has been won by some strong chasers down the years.

We've taken a look through the odds, and some key recurring trends, before picking out our top two betting tips in this Listed race.

2021 Sky Bet Handicap Chase Odds

Cap Du Nord5/2
One For The Team6/1
Aye Right8/1
Musical Slave8/1
Mister Malarky12/1
Rocky's Treasure12/1

*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 28/1/21*

2021 Sky Bet Handicap Chase Trends

  • 13 of the last 15 winners had started at least two races that season
  • 12 of the last 15 winners were aged either seven, eight or nine (Last two winners were 10)
  • 12 of the last 15 winners carried 11-02 or less
  • 12 of the last 15 winners had won a 3m race over fences
  • 11 of the last 15 winners went off at a single figure price
  • 10 of the last 15 winners had not won that season
  • 9 of the last 12 winners had previously run in a Graded race over fences

2021 Sky Bet Handicap Chase Tip 1

Aye Right E/W2021 Sky Bet Handicap Chase Tip 1GET 8/1 HERE
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I really fancy the chances of AYE RIGHT, who's form over fences this season looks extremely strong. 

Harriet Graham's stable star finished second over two miles to future Old Roan winner, Nuts Well on his reappearance. Aye Right then finished third behind two classy sorts in Cyrname and Vinndication in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

Graham's eight-year-old was then fancied by many in the Ladbrokes Trophy, and ran a cracking race to finish second behind Cloth Cap. Aye Right was giving a stone to the winner, and ran up with the pace all the way around Newbury, winning the battle with The Conditional to claim second place.

Classier horses have come to the fore in this race in recent years. Go Conquer was rated 151 when he won in 2019, and Ok Corral carried top-weight to victory. Aye Right is definitely a horse of Graded quality running in a Listed handicap. He's won over the distance and on the ground. The track here at Doncaster should be right up his street too.

2021 Sky Bet Handicap Chase Tip 2

I'm also going to take a punt on BOLDMERE, who takes six of the seven trend boxes, and could go off under 10/1 if the recent market support continues.

Caroline Bailey's charge looked the most likely winner of the Grade Two Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby last February, but fell at the last when holding a three-length lead. This season, Boldmere has only managed to finish fourth three times, including here at Doncaster in December.

Boldmere was forced to carry top-weight that day, and was still in with a chance before a terrible error at the second-last. His race was all-but over from that point, and Bailey's eight-year-old was passed by Give Me A Copper and Jersey Bean on the run to the line.

Sean Bowen, who was in Boldmere's saddle during both his novice victories, takes over from Paddy Brennan on Saturday. Softer ground should be much more to his liking, and I'd be surprised if Boldmere wasn't good enough to challenge with just 10-10 on his back.



Aye Right is clearly better than Listed class, and Harriet Graham's charge only has to carry 11-7 into this handicap. 8/1 could look huge come the start of the race.

Boldmere looks set to run a big race too, so he'll be my second bet at 14/1.

2021 Sky Bet Handicap Chase Tip 1: Aye Right Each-Way @800.00 at BetMGM - 10 Units
2021 Sky Bet Handicap Chase Tip 2: Boldmere Each-Way @1400.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 5 Units

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