This Saturday sees the running of the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster, first ran in 1948. This premier handicap is run over 3 miles and is open to horses aged 5 years or older. Just 12 go to post this year and the off time is 3.15. Most bookmakers offer each-way terms of 4 places which makes the race a good betting proposition.
Whilst this is a class 1 race it is not a good pointer for the upcoming Cheltenham Festival. In the last 9 years no Cheltenham winners have come from this race. Read on to see which horses I’m backing to perform as I cover my racing tips for this high value race.
Not for the youngsters
I have looked at the statistics for this race and these are my key conclusions. Young horses do not have a good record in this race. Horses aged less than 10 years have won 4 times from 84 attempts with a level stakes loss of 50 points. Their older competitors have won 5 times from 39 attempts and produced a profit of 88 points.
It is best to avoid those horses at the top of the markets. Those horses in the 1st 4 in the betting have won 2 times from 42 runs with a loss of 24 points. The remainder have a record of 7 wins from 69 runs with a profit of 74 points.
Avoid the obvious?
One piece of advice would be to sidestep those horses with obvious form. Horses that have had more than 1 win in their last 6 runs have produced just 1 win from 44 attempts with a loss of 34 points. Those with 0 or 1 win have produced 8 wins from 79 attempts with a profit of £72.
Claiming jockeys also have a poor record. They have not won any races from 28 efforts. All the winners have been ridden by experienced jockeys, generating a profit of 63 points.
Great Yorkshire Chase betting tips
There are two horses that match these criteria…
CLOTH CAP – available at 10/1 with Bet365
WINDSOR AVENUE – available at 20/1 with several bookmakers. Windsor Avenue won this last year, although he has been pulled up in 4 of his 5 attempts since then.
I recommend backing both of these each way 4 places. If you want to check out the latest promotions for other class 1 races then head on over to our horse racing betting offers page.
All odds accurate at the time of writing.