The Eider Chase is not everyones cup of tea. It can be brutal with it being over 4m and usually ran in testing conditions. Personally I love it and it is a proper test for horse and jockey but the ground should be decent for the 2022 renewal, however it will still take some getting. Eclair Surf is one of the favourites and I really fancy his chances. I was annoyed last time when he won as I put him up on here when he was a non-runner and he went and put in a performance I knew he had in him at Warwick but it was a race with a few progressive sorts in and you can’t back them all! He is a progressive sort, unexposed over these marathon trips. I rate the form of his win last time very highly and he trounced them. He’s proven well beyond 3m and with the ground being a bit better than he’s won on before I am confident he will see this out. The other horse I like at a bigger price is another last time out scorer Win My Wings. He caused a bit of a surprise at Exeter but he stayed on strongly to win, and has won over further at Cheltenham before too on decent ground. He’s only had 6 Chase starts and has won 2 and placed in 2 so he’s unexposed too and the cheekpieces are reached for to help eek out a bit of improvement off his new mark and might help him attempt to see out the trip. He looks a nice each-way price.
Regular readers will know I have backed Deyrann De Carjac the last twice at big prices in competitive Cheltenham handicaps and he has ran well both times without placing. He takes a massive drop in class here in the 1.15 at Kempton with his optimum conditions and I cannot let him go unbacked again. He’s also been dropped another 2lbs and if he can put in a good round of jumping he should be going very close.
In the Coral Trophy at 3.57 Annsam hasn’t always jumped the best but put it all together when trying 3m for just the second time LTO winning comfortably (fell on his previous try). He seemed to really relish the step up, staying on strongly, but it also seemed to help him jump too albeit he made a hash of the last. He is only 7 with 5 chase starts and you feel there is a bit more to come at this trip. When he puts it all together he is talented. There isn’t much juice in his price but he still appeals as an each-way bet as if he jumps soundly from the front he will be hard to pass.
Away from the televised action I do think Bells of Peterboro is worth another chance after a bit of a flop last time out. He stayed on very strongly in a similar CD event over Christmas and absolutely hacked up but he failed to back this up at Huntingdon on better ground LTO but the ground was a bit quicker (although he has won on a sounder surface before) he just didn’t jump with any fluency. He’s 2 from 3 at Chepstow and on heavy or soft going he’s only not placed twice, once when unseating and the other time he was 4th of 15 so I’m hoping a return to the venue and in the mud will spark him up again.
1.15 Kempton – Deyrann De Carjac 4/1 2pts Win (bet365)
2.18 Chepstow – Bells of Peterboro 11/2 2pts Win (bet365)
3.15 Newcastle – Eclair Surf 7/1 1pt EW & Win My Wings 14/1 0.75pts EW (both bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5)
3.37 Kempton – Annsam 11/2 1.5pts EW (Will Hill 1/5 1,2,3,4,5)