Staged at Warwick, the Classic Chase is one of the most competitive marathon chases of the season. Raced over the 3m 5f distance, it’s an extreme test, with horses usually having to contend with heavy ground.
The 2021 renewal will be no different, with a maximum field expected and rain forecast for the entire week. A race won by the likes of One For Arthur, Milansbar and Kimberlite Candy, this can be a race with Grand National implications.
As always, we have horse racing tips on site now, but I’ve delved deep into the Classic Chase market. I believe I’ve found a horse that will love the stern test and you can find all the details about this 33/1 contender below!
Made for Veterans
This is a race made for the veteran chasers. 15 of the 32 renewals of the Classic Chase have gone to horses aged 10 or older, so age is certainly not a barrier to winning the contest. That will be a huge boost to connections of PETITE POWER, who bids to go two places better than he did twelve months ago.
Fergal O’Brien’s twelve-year-old ran better than the bare result in the 2020 renewal, finishing a plucky third. His runs since have been a shade disappointing, but there have been positives to take if you look close enough.
He was always likely to need the run on seasonal return, so it’s best to forgive that effort. In two subsequent starts, those in the frame all raced handily, with it being a disadvantage to be further down the field. As a horse who likes to do his best work late and tends to be outpaced, he struggled to land a blow.
There should be no such bias in this race, as an end to end gallop is expected with a maximum field likely. He’ll relish a slog in the mud and his third in the race last year proves he is more than up to the task.
If Ballyoptic holds his ground, it will mean that he’ll be out of the weights by thirteen pounds. That’s a small concern, but Liam Harrison is more than likely to ride, which takes seven pounds off his back. That still leaves him six pounds outside, but he did place last season off a nine-pound higher rating.
He needs the race to fall apart late, but that is more than likely and he’s one who will benefit massively, with a seemingly endless supply of stamina. Quite simply, it’s a race made for him.
Classic Chase Trends
- 10/10 – Finished top-three on one or both of last two starts
- 8/10 – Officially rated between 127 and 145
- 8/10 – No more than 14 runs over fences
- 7/10 – Aged either eight or nine-years-old
This year’s trends horse is Le Breuil, who was third in the Becher on his most recent start and is rated 140. He has run 11 times over fences and is aged nine-years-old, which fits all four of the big trends.