Grand Sefton Chase Betting Tips, Stats & History

Fans of Aintree’s big Grand National fences are in for a real treat here, as the Merseyside venue lays on not one, but two cracking chase contests over the most famous obstacles in the world. Hot on the heels of the Becher Chase comes this event which draws the curtain on an excellent seven race card.

There will be plenty in with chances in an often competitive renewal but for us, previous form over the fences trumps all else in this race.

Race Info

Jumps racing returns to the Grand National course at Aintree on Saturday and we have a great day of racing ahead. The Grand Sefton Chase is one of the few contests that takes in the fences made famous by the biggest steeplechase of all so each of those in the field for this 2m5f handicap will face a thorough examination of their jumping.

The soft ground forecasted for Saturday will also make this a tough test of stamina so the winner will very much deserve the £50,000 prize awarded to winning connections. There are a number of horses in with a chance and here we take a look at the key contenders.

Going Distance Grade Prize Money Runners EW Terms
Soft 2m5f Class 2 £80,00 19 Runners 1/4 1-3

Grand Sefton Chase Betting Tips

Aintree, 15:15, Saturday 7th December 2019

Every race that takes place over the Grand National fences is incredibly demanding and invariably a tough betting puzzle to crack. The Grand Sefton Chase is no exception. It takes a certain amount of experience on behalf of both horses and jockeys in order to win this handicap, with the majority of recent winners having had a previous taste of racing at Aintree.

Further complicating things is that the Grand Sefton is always a very competitive race. The 2019 renewal is some way short of the maximum field size of 30 but many of those set to head to post do so with a realistic chance of winning.

The competitive nature of the race makes it a real challenge for punters. The last decade has produced only three winning favourites with the average starting price of winners in that time just under 10/1. The rewards are there if you call things right but that isn’t easy and generally speaking we feel each way is the way to play things.

The importance of experience in a general sense must also be remembered. It is foolhardy to bet on any horse without a couple of wins over fences to their name already whilst younger horses have a fairly poor record. Finally, this is a tough 2m5f. So tough in fact that it has been used by some trainers as part of their horse’s preparations for the Grand National itself.

Ultragold - 6/1

Connections of a few of the horses in the field for the Grand Sefton Chase will have half an eye on the Grand National. It could be slightly different for Colin Tizzard when it comes to Ultragold though. The 11-year-old has already had a crack at the Grand National, finishing in 14th last year.

He’s also very well versed with the Grand Sefton having finished inside the top three in each of the last two years. However, Ultragold’s connections may just have come to the conclusions that his best strengths do not lie over the out-and-out staying trips.

Ultragold is a highly experienced campaigner with eight chase wins to his name. Hopes are high that he still has what it takes to land a big handicap despite his advancing years but there were concerns after he was pulled up last time out in the Sodexo Gold Cup at the start of November. He just wasn’t able to be competitive over 3m that day so keeping him running around the 2 ½ mile mark may be just the thing to get the best out of this hardy sort.

He certainly ticks the boxes for the Grand Sefton. The main issue with the market leader is that he has not been missed by the bookies and the odds of 6/1 that you’ll find about his chances do look a little on the skinny side. Many will find they are not put off by that price though, so expect a lot of support for Ultragold as we get closer to the off.

Killaro Boy – 12/1

Killaro Boy will be making his second appearance of the season on Saturday. Just like his run in the Grand Sefton, his seasonal reappearance came at Aintree. He didn’t have the longest break having last been seen at the end of June, but should still be entitled to come on for the run. That is very encouraging for anybody already on board at 12/1 as his run in October was very impressive.

It took a horse who was very generously treated by the handicapper to get the better of Henry Oliver’s 10-year-old over 3m1f on the Mildmay Course, where his jumping was more than impressive enough to suggest he’ll cope with the Grand National fences.

The drop down in trip should also suit Killaro Boy well. He may lack the class of some of his opponents but that is by no means a major problem given this is such a competitive race so he must be considered incredibly good each way value. At the prices he’s the one for us and we certainly think winning this isn’t beyond him.

Federici - 33/1

Punters who are looking for a long shot to hang their hat on for the Grand Sefton Chase should consider the 33/1 available about Federici’s chances. The 10-year-old rather saw his form tail off at the end of last season but, as ever with a horse used to competing in some tough handicaps, the positive side of that is that his mark has come down. Indeed, Federici is back at an official rating of 124, the mark he was at when he last won.

Federici’s win then came over 2m5½f so he’ll have no problem with the trip on Saturday. He shouldn’t have too many problems with the fences either as he has twice finished inside the top five in the Becher Chase which also takes place on the Grand National course.

Preparing Federici for the Grand Sefton on his first run since April will demand an excellent feat of training from Donald McCain but the legendary trainer can certainly manage that. Moreover, he wouldn’t be sending Federici to Aintree were he not ready so he’s worth considering for a small stakes play.

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