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The Grade 2 Handicap Chase

The Grade 2 Handicap Chase is the fourth and highest-value race of Aintree’s Evening Racing, which takes place in the middle of May every Spring at Aintree racecourse near Liverpool.

The Evening Racing is a brilliant National Hunt horse racing meeting that offers seven excellent races before the end of the National Hunt jumping season. Horses will not grace these glorious grounds for more than 5 months before the return of National Hunt racing in October.

The seven races include a mixture of steeplechases, hurdle races and a flat race finale, with The Grade 2 Handicap Steeple Chase as the most valuable of the lot offering a purse worth £25,000.

75,000 spectators can fit into the enclosures of Aintree Racecourse, so make sure you’re one of them when The Evening Racing returns to Merseyside on Friday the 14th of May 2021. For all of The Aintree Evening Meeting’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Grade 2 Handicap Chase is a Class 3 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as the fourth race of The Evening Racing Meeting at Aintree Racecourse every Spring.

Featuring horses aged five years old and above, The Grade 2 Handicap Chase is just about the longest race of the evening at 3 miles and 210 yards, usually consisting of a relatively small number of runners that are required to jump a number of fences on their route of the Mildmay Course.

The £25,000 purse was shared in the following fashion last time out at Aintree Racing Evening in May 2019:

1st place – 4/1 Minella Daddy (IRE) – £15,475

2nd place – 11/2 Van Gogh Du Granit (FR) – £4,595

3rd place – 6/4 Oldgrangewood (GB) – £2,298

4th place – 7/1 Kings Monarch (GB) – £1,145

The Grade 2 Handicap Chase will begin around 19:45 on Friday the 14th of May 2021.

Runners

Usually consisting of a relatively small field of runners, The Handicap Chase is annually contested by eager participants, guided by talented jockeys that are hungry for end of season victories.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race on Aintree’s Evening Racing at Aintree Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Sizing Granite (IRE) – Pulled Up – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jr and trained by Colin Tizzard
  2. Forever Field (IRE) – Pulled Up – 16/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  3. Oldgrangewood (GB) – third-place finish – 6/4 starting price – weighing in at 11-2 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  4. Van Gogh Du Granit (FR) – second-place finish – 11/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey David Noonan and trained by David Pipe
  5. Minella Daddy (IRE) – first-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-9 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Peter Bowen
  6. Kings Monarch (GB) – fourth-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-7 – ridden by jockey Jamie Moore and trained by Kerry Lee

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Odds

Odds for The Grade 2 Handicap Chase at Aintree’s Evening Racing last time out in 2019 ranged between 6/4 for the race favourite Oldgrangewood, who finished third, and 16/1 for the longest outsider Forever Field, who pulled up before two fences out.

The winner of this edition of The Grade 2 Handicap Chase was 4/1 joint second-favourite Minella Daddy, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £50 in returns, £40 in profits. This could have been risk-free with a free bet or could have returned even more profits with an odds boost promotion.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Handicap Chase at Aintree’s Evening Racing, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 meeting abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

The winner of The Handicap Chase last time out at Aintree’s Evening Racing was 4/1 priced joint second-favourite Minella Daddy, ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Peter Bowen.

11/2 third-favourite Van Gogh Du Granit finished four lengths behind Minella Daddy in second place, followed by 6/4 race favourite Oldgrangewood in third place and 7/1 priced Kings Monarch in fourth. This edition of The Handicap Chase was contested by six runners but only completed by four.

2018

The 2018 winner of The Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse for The Evening Racing was 2/1 race favourite Virgilio for the second consecutive year, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.

11/4 joint second-favourite Winter Lion finished just a length behind Virgilio in second place, followed by 16/1 outsider Monbeg River in third place and 11/4 joint second-favourite Another Hero in fourth. The 2018 Handicap Chase was contested by seven runners and completed by five.

2017

French favourite Virgilio won his first of two consecutive Handicap Chase’s at The Aintree Evening Racing 2017, ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton.

14/1 outsider Minellacelebration finished seven lengths behind Virgilio in second place, followed by 11/1 priced Fact Of The Matter in third place and 7/2 second-favourite Southfield Vic in fourth. All ten of this race’s starters completed this race successfully. 

2016

Back in 2016, 3/1 race favourite Al Co won Mr And Mrs A Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse, ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Peter Bowen.

7/1 priced Bucking The Trend finished nine lengths behind Al Co in second place, followed by 10/1 priced Presenting Junior in third place and 20/1 outsider Kie in fourth. Only five of this race’s eleven starting runners successfully passed the final post.

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