The BetBright Chase
This week we see a cracking card set to take centre stage at Kempton Park. The meeting begins with four class 1 races, before welcoming two class 3’s and a class 5. The feature of the day comes in the 3.35 in the form of The BetBright Chase. Rocky Creek won this race last year and is set to start on Saturday however has been woefully out of form this season, while Opening Batsman won this race back in 2013 and is another name to note on the entry list. The race is run over 3m’s and with £56,950 set aside for the winner it is certainly a worthwhile race to win. 18 horses have been given an entry and while a few of them will not be declared I have picked out two horses that I feel represent good value and have a really good chance of landing the spoils.
Firstly Champagne West was very unlucky last time out. He travelled like a dream however a bad jump down the back straight caused him to lose stride and almost brought the Hobbs trained horse to a halt. He still plugged on, albeit with the race leaders long gone. He was a warm favourite that day and I am prepared to give him one more chance to do what he should have last time. He will certainly be a sharper horse with another run under his belt and as long as he can scrub up on his jumping then he is in with a great chance. This is a step up trip however he does have good form to his name over this distance so it shouldn’t be an issue given the fact he should now be fit enough and with the Hobbs team in such good form I see no reason why this horse won’t run a massive race.
My second pick is Theatre Guide; this horse has been in good form all season and finally gets a good opportunity to win here today. He is very favourably weighted running off just 10-6 and ran a fine race in defeat last time out when, although well beaten by Smad Place, did finish a good staying on third. One of the major reasons I am selecting this horse is the fact he has good form at Kempton, in addition the trip is no worry while a fast pace to aim at will help which he should get with the likes of Trevor Nivernais and Viva Steve on the entry list. Colin Tizzard’syard is in great form and Brennan who is scheduled for the ride is in the form of his life at the moment. The ground is no issue and I see no reason why this horse won’t run a massive race come Saturday.
Other horses to note are the progressive Ziga Boy for the in-form Alan King yard and Thomas Brown trained by Harry Fry who won well last time out at Doncaster while the likes of Fox Appeal, Rocky Creek and Le Reve all have good shouts on a going day. One to monitor in the market is Ruben Cotter who returns to action after a while of the track but is on a handy mark were he to be race fit.
How we bet: I think Champagne West is only worth a 1pt win bet, he is good enough but problems over his jumping do make me wary. Theatre Guide is a good price at 8-1 given what he has done this season and for me is the best weighted horse in the race. His form at Kempton is another plus and in my opinion is worthy of a 1pt E/W bet.
Champagne West – (1pt win) 5-1 is available at Most firms.
Theatre Guide – (1pt E/W) 8-1 is available at Most firms.
DG tips – Tipsters Empire tipster with over 20 points profit in the last 7 days!!