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The Handicap Chase

The Handicap Chase is the second race that takes place on Aintree’s Friday Evening Racing at Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside, every Spring.

The Evening Racing is an exciting National Hunt horse racing meeting that invites spectators to one of the most prestigious racecourses in the world to witness some world-class jump races before the end of the National Hunt racing season. The next time Aintree regulars will be able to visit their second home will be more than five months later.

There are seven races on the racecard for The Evening Racing, including the perfect combination of hurdle races, steeplechases and a National Hunt flat race to seal the deal.

It’s great news for locals and horse racing fanatics that couldn’t get any of the weekdays off work for The Grand National Meeting, with the first race of The Evening Racing at Aintree not beginning until after 5:30 pm.

Aintree’s magnificent evening of National Hunt jump racing is scheduled to commence 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 Handicap Chase is a Class 3 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as the second race of Aintree’s Evening Racing every May at Aintree Racecourse.

Horses aged five years old and above can participate in The Handicap Steeple Chase, which runs 2 miles, 3 furlongs and 200 yards of Aintree’s Mildmay Course, features a small field of runners, and a number of fences for them to jump.

The purse for The Handicap Chase last time out in 2019 was worth £15,800, which was assigned to the first four placement positions in the following manner:

1st place – 5/2 Casablanca Mix (FR) – £9,097

2nd place – 6/1 Indian Temple (IRE) – £2,671

3rd place – 2/1 Value At Risk (GB) –  £1,336

4th place – 4/1 Knockgraffon (IRE) – £668

The Handicap Chase will begin at around 18:10 on Friday the 14th of May 2021 as part of Aintree’s Evening Racing Meeting.

Runners

The Handicap Chase usually features a small to medium field of runners that provide an intense spectacle for horse racing fans every time this race returns for Aintree’s Evening Racing. The jockeys that feature are some of the best in the sport.

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. Knockgraffon (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 4/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Oisin Murphy
  2. Casablanca Mix (FR) – first-place finish – 5/2 starting price – weighing in at 11-6 – ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson
  3. Indian Temple (IRE) – second-place finish – 6/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-4 – ridden by jockey Harry Reed and trained by Tim Reed
  4. Dieg Man (FR) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 11-1 – assigned jockey Tom Scudamore and trained by Neil Mulholland
  5. Lofgren (GB) – fifth-place finish – 14/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-1 – ridden by jockey Brian Hughes and trained by Donald McCain Jnr
  6. Value At Risk (GB) – third-place finish – 2/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Harry Skelton and trained by Dan Skelton
  7. Acdc (IRE) – Pulled Up – 8/1 starting price – weighing in at 11-0 – ridden by jockey Sean Quinlan and trained by Chris Grant

Tips

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Odds

Odds for The Handicap Chase last time out ranged between 2/1 for the race favourite Value At Risk who finished in third place and 14/1 for the longest outsider Lofgren who ended up in fifth.

The race was won by 5/2 second-favourite Casablanca Mix, who turned £10 outright backing stakes into £35 in returns, £25 in profits for all those that saw his potential.

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 at Aintree’s Evening Racing last time out was 5/2 second favourite Casablanca Mix, ridden by jockey Nico De Boinville and trained by Nicky Henderson.

6/1 priced Indian Temple finished a length and a half behind Casablanca Mix in second place, followed by 2/1 race favourite Value At Risk in third place and 4/1 third-favourite Knockgraffon in fourth.

This edition of The Handicap Chase featured six runners but was only completed by five.

2018

The winner of The Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse for their evening of racing in May 2018 was 9/2 third favourite Martiloo, ridden by jockey Henry Brooke and trained by Pauline Robson.

4/1 second favourite Indian Temple finished seven lengths behind Martiloo in second place, followed by 7/2 race favourite Petrou in third place and 10/1 priced Katachenko in fourth.

This race at Aintree was contested by ten runners and completed by just eight.

2017

17/2 priced Definite Future won The Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse in 2017, ridden by jockey Richard Patrick and trained by Kerry Lee.

12/1 outsider Ashcott Boy finished two and three-quarter lengths behind Definite Future in second place, followed by 10/1 priced Forever My Friend in third place and 7/2 race favourite Baileys Concerto in fourth.

The 2017 Handicap Chase at Aintree’s racing evening was contested by eight runners and completed by all.

2016

Back in 2016, the winner of The Handicap Chase at The Aintree Evening Racing was 14/1 outsider Ashcott Boy, ridden by jockey David Noonan and trained by Neil Mulholland.

12/1 priced Minella Forfitness finished three and a quarter lengths behind Ashcott Boy in second place, followed by 17/2 priced Monkey Kingdom in third place and 25/1 outsider Have You Had Yours in fourth.

This edition of The Handicap Chase was contested by eleven runners and completed by eight.