Written 17th January 2020
Ascot Chase Raceday Betting Tips
The Ascot Chase is a welcome return to Ascot racecourse for a quality day of racing. The Ascot Chase is always a good event to watch in the lead up to the Cheltenham Festival, with some potential to pick up some early Cheltenham betting tips from the winners at Ascot. We’ve seen plenty of winners go from a success at Ascot in January to a decent run at Cheltenham in March, so this is definitely an event to watch. If you fancy a hand with picking your horses today, take a look at our Ascot Chase racecards for everything you need to know about all the horses running.
NAP Of The Day
The headline Ascot Chase is of course the highlight of the day and we could be treated to a classic, with Defi Du Seuil and Un De Sceaux facing off in the headline event. Both horses have plenty of experience on the biggest stage, but we’ve gone for Defi Du Seuil over his competitor today. Just a month ago, these two faced each other at Sandown, with Defi getting the win by a neck on the day. In fact, we haven’t seen him finish lower than 2nd since November 2018, and it would be a huge shock if he was outside the places at Ascot. Barry Gearaghty was the winning jockey back at Sandown, and the two combine today for what should be a 4th win in a row for the pair.
Dark Horse Of The Day
Coded Message has a track record of outperforming his opening odds, so don’t be surprised to see the 17/2 outsider amongst the places. His last win came at Kempton on 27th December, winning a 3m 1/2f race at odds of 10/1. He started the race as part of the trailing pack, before pulling ahead late on and winning comfortably by a huge 10L. The length of that race is important as well. On Saturday, he’ll be running a shorter distance, and won’t need as much endurance as he showed at Kempton. If he can finish as strong as he did last time out, Coded Message will definitely be a player at the end of the race.
Longshot Of The Day
For our longshot today, we’ve actually picked the horse with the longest odds that is running at Ascot - Aintree My Dream @ 33/1. Those odds might seem huge, but if we’re taking a look at form then it’s confusing to see why the odds are so long. He’s finished in the top 3 places in his last 3 outings, including his best performance at Ascot, finishing 6L behind the eventual winner. If not for a late injury and a loss of a horseshoe in that Ascot race, he would have stayed on for 2nd, if not pushed for the win. That injury came on heavy ground, so presuming he prefers a softer track, the recent weather will definitely suit Aintree My Dream.
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