Aintree 2019: Topham Handicap Chase Preview

Big Matre won the Champion Novice Chase on Scottish National weekend last year

Alan Marron looks forward to the 2019 renewal of the Topham Handicap Chase on the second day at Aintree

On Friday we will see the professional jockeys get a look at the Grand National fences with the Topham Chase one of the features of day two. We will look the trends and stats and see can we find some each way value to lead us into Saturday’s showpiece.

  • 11/12 Ran within the last 29 days
  • 11/12 Rated 130 or higher
  • 11/12 had at least 4 runs that season
  • 9/12 Aged between 8 and 11
  • 5/12 One previous Aintree win.

Born Survivor

(Trainer Dan Skelton/Jockey Harry Skelton)

Born Survivor gets into this race with a lovely racing weight in 10st 6.

The trainer has stated that this race has been his target all season.

He runs off 142 and has won races off 137 and 139 so is effectively only up 3lb from his last win.

A typical chaser, big raw horse who will take time to grow and most definitely has a decent handicap chase in him.

Jamie Codd won his point to point on him in Broughshane back in April 2015 and said he was a lovely horse and one to follow.

He finished sixth in the Martin Pipe Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival back in 2017 and then returned last year to finish 8th in the Grand Annual.

He has been off the track since finishing well behind Aso in a good chase at Cheltenham in January.

Aso went on to put some substance to that form when he finished second to Frodon in the Ryanair Chase.

Born Survivor will like the ground and the trip and is a big price for me. Solid each way value and should run well.

Born Survivor at 20/1

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(Trainer Harry Whittington/Jockey Leighton Aspell)

Trainer Harry Whittington has been waxing lyrical about getting this horse over Grand National Fences.

I watched a clip of him school last week and he looked very accurate and composed. His mark of 142 is quite lenient for what he has achieved over fences.

His big day came at Ayr last April when he won the Champion Novice Chase on Scottish National weekend.

He is of very similar mould to Born Survivor, a big galloping type who will be suited by a slog.

He finished seventh in a JLT Chase back in 2018 which shows that he has a modicum of ability. Both horses that I have mentioned here look to be plot horses and laid out for this race.

Both have nice weighs and we could do worse than a little each way on each and a reverse forecast.

Bigmatre at 40/1

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*Odds were correct at time of publishing the article