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ANTEPOST ANTICS | The Topham Handicap Chase

Resident writer Reece Charlton has made his antepost selections for the Grade 3 2m5f Handicap Chase at Aintree next week



Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell celebrates winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase on Grand National Day of the Crabbies Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool Antepost

With just over a week to go until the Grand National Festival gets underway at Aintree, the team are already beginning to draw up their antepost bets for the three-day meeting.

The next edition of Antepost Antics takes a look at the Topham Chase, with a handful of selections holding some interest in the 2m5f Handicap Chase at Aintree.

Here are three antepost bets to consider for the Grade 3 contest.

CELEBRE D’ALLEN (20/1 – bet365)

While things didn’t go to plan in the Plate at the Cheltenham Festival, Celebre D’Allen could return to winning ways in the Topham at an eye-catching price.

Despite finishing fifth in the 2m4½f contest at Prestbury Park, the gelding made up some ground in the closing stages and stayed on in the run-in to finish within 10 lengths of the winner.

Philip Hobbs
Philip Hobbs holds an interesting runner in Celebre D’Allen

The 10-year-old is related to two cross-country winners and Philip Hobbs knows what is needed to claim success in this contest, striking on two occasions with Bells Life (1997) and Gower-Slave (2001).

The son of Network will likely be partnered with Tom O’Brien for this contest, who has also picked up two wins here with Always Waining in 2011 and 2012.

Celebre D’Allen is 5lbs above his last winning mark, but that looks workable and he could well be one to watch in this race at a nice antepost price of 20/1.

PINK EYED PEDRO (25/1 – William Hill)

The runner-up in last year’s renewal, Pink Eyed Pedro could well go one better in this year’s contest.

David Brace’s recruit ran a cracker in this race 12 months ago, finishing four lengths off the winner Livelovelaugh at the enticing each-way price of 33/1.

Horse Racing - Grand National Festival - Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, Britain - April 9, 2021 Livelovelaugh ridden by Patrick Mullins win the 4:05 Randox Topham Handicap Chase Pool via REUTERS/Scott Heppell Antepost
Livelovelaugh won the contest for Willie Mullins last year

The gelding is now 3lbs lower in the ratings since that run, after some inconsistent form over the summer months.

His previous experiences over the Grand National fences should benefit him here, with his antepost price of 25/1 holding some appeal at this stage.


A former Grade 1 winner for Nigel Twiston-Davies, Riders Onthe Storm could be an interesting candidate in this contest for his new connections.

The gelding has made three starts under Richard Hobson and while his last two outings didn’t show much, it’s his stable debut in December that catches our attention.

The nine-year-old finished second in a 2m4f Handicap Chase over the Mildmay circuit three months ago, showing some hints of his previous form.

The son of Scorpio does hold a strong record at Aintree and he is now 7lbs since his second-place finish in December, which suggests he is one to watch out for here.

Riders Onthe Storm is currently 40/1 in the antepost markets, which is a remarkable price if he can rediscover his form of old – and if he runs here of course.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.