Classic Handicap Chase Betting Tips

Betting.org experts say the potentially well-treated Duel At Dawn is worth a punt to land the spoils in the 3m 5f Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick on Saturday, 12 January. Calett Mad has been in good form this season, so is feared most in the Grade 3 contest. Sizing Codelco, meanwhile, is a classy sort who makes plenty of each-way in a wide-open looking renewal.  Our 2019 Classic Handicap Chase betting tips preview below has full details on these horses’ chances.

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8/1
Selection
Duel At Dawn
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7/1
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Calett Mad
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10/1
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Sizing Codelco
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Duel At Dawn weighted to strike in Classic Handicap Chase

The feature race at Warwick on Saturday is the Grade 3 Classic Handicap Chase (15:00) and Duel At Dawn looks potentially well-treated on the pick of his form, so is decent value to capture the 3m 5f staying contest. Trained by Alex Hales, this eight-year-old developed into a smart novice chaser last season when winning one of his five starts and also posting some very solid efforts in defeat.

After coming good at the second time of asking over the larger obstacles when a 16-length winner at Fakenham, the son of Presenting ran very well when a six-length runner-up to Sizing Tennessee at Cheltenham when making several costly errors, but sticking to the task well.

Smart form in the book

The winner, to whom he was conceding 5lb, has since won the valuable Grade 3 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury last month by 10 lengths off a mark of 143 to now be rated 159 – so that gives the form a strong look. Duel At Dawn then finished a fine five-length second to Ms Parfois at Warwick when attempting to give Anthony Honeyball’s progressive mare 2lb.

Given that Ms Parfois went on to finish second of 16 to Rathvinden in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and third in a Grade 1 at Aintree to be rated 146, that is also rock solid form. Although Duel At Dawn was a well-beaten seventh on seasonal reappearance at Haydock, he shaped as if badly needing the outing and looks sure to come on a bundle for it.

The assessor has also been kind in quickly dropping him 2lb to a mark of 137. It makes Duel At Dawn look potentially thrown-in at the weights on his aforementioned runs behind Sizing Tennessee and Ms Parfois. So, with underfoot conditions holding no fears, he had to be the main selection in our Classic Handicap Chase betting tips.

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Calett Mad looks sure to go well

In a race in which a case can be made for many, Calett Mad is feared most following three solid runs this season. This Nigel Twiston-Davies trained six-year-old who has won twice and been placed five times in nine starts over fences.

After finishing a staying on fourth to stable companion Cogry on return to action in the Randox Health Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in October, he then ran very well when a 9 3/4 lengths fifth of 15 to Rock The Kasbah in a competitive Grade 3 handicap at the same venue.

Calett Mad then went down all guns blazing when beaten just a half-length by Harry The Viking in the 16-runner Borders National over 4m at Kelso. The son of Axxos got badly hampered by a faller three from home, but rallied well until being unable to find any extra close home.

A 4lb rise in the weights to a mark of 145 for that effort does not look harsh, given that Calett Mad was arguably an unlucky loser. Indeed, he ran well off it when ninth of 18 to Tiger Roll in the 4m National Hunt Chase at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival and prior to that had finished second in a Wetherby Grade 2 off 148.

Calett Mad has a strike rate of 40 per cent under jockey Daryl Jacob, who is retained rider to owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. He is also versatile as regards ground, so everything looks in place for him to run a big race and he’s thus included among our Classic Handicap Chase betting tips too.

Sizing Codelco the each-way option

Despite having to shoulder top weight, the Colin Tizzard trained Sizing Codelco is another with claims and looks decent each-way value. This 10-year-old is a classy sort who has some strong form to his name.

After landing a Listed event at the 2017 Aintree Grand National meeting, this gelding went on to follow-up off 1lb higher when landing a competitive 13-runner handicap chase at the Punchestown festival by 3 1/2 lengths from Forever Gold off a mark of 150.

Sizing Codelco got put up to 160 for that and has been lightly-raced since. However, he was far from disgraced when a 13 1/4 lengths fourth of eight to Might Bite in the Grade 1 Betway Bowl at Aintree last April. He also ran very well when last seen in action at Uttoxeter when an an excellent half-length second of 17 to Minellacelbration in the valuable Staffordshire Plate.

Those runs say that Sizing Codelco should be capable of making his presence felt in this of his current rating of 156. Ground conditions are also ideal and he has the services of Aidan Coleman in the saddle, who does well when teaming up with the yard. Everything looks in place for Sizing Codelco to hit the frame at least, so he completes our Classic Handicap Chase betting tips as an each-way alternative with some bookies paying four places.

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