Newbury Veteran's Chase Betting Preview: Harry Topper To Win with Sky Bet
The Veterans’ Chase series for older handicap chasers and former stars on the wain has received mixed reviews, but on the whole these events are a fantastic incentive to re-ignite the form of horses who are finding it hard in open company.
At 2.05pm at Newbury on Saturday afternoon is a valuable £25,000 prize for 10+ year old horses rated 0-150 and as you’d expect from such a race there’s an abundance of familiar names and experience on show.
Kim Bailey is a trainer in great form so far in 2017 and his Harry Topper does catch the eye from a handicap mark of 144 after running a promising race at Exeter last time out.
Before that this hugely talented chaser had lost his way and hadn’t won any race since 2014. But in that Denman Chase win, he produced an RPR (Racing Post Rating) of 170 when absolutely slamming Al Ferof by 25 lengths on heavy ground at this track.
That was something of a freak performance and it is unwise and unreasonable to expect a similar showing in this race on Saturday, but off a mark of just 144 he is really well handicapped if able to build on his latest effort.
The 10-year-old son of Sir Harry Lewis was under pressure a long way from home, but really began to motor in the final few furlongs and shaped as if he’s in need of a real test of stamina.
This race has an additional two furlongs at a stiffer track for him to negotiate, so the stage is set for a huge run from his popular chaser and hopefully his jumping can hold up. If it does he surely won’t be far away.
In terms of the dangers there are plenty, O’Faolains Boy has a similar profile and is also on a lenient handicap mark.
The Paul Nicholls trained Rocky Creek is a real standing dish in these sort of races and has to be respected as always, while from those at bigger prices, Al Co could run into the picture for some place prize money.