Sky Bet Chase Betting Tips and Offers – Saturday 28th January 2017

Sky Bet Chase Tips and Betting Offers, Doncaster, 28th January 2017

The Sky Bet chase is one of Doncaster’s most popular races and it’s one which is a three mile handicap of Class 1 (Listed) quality. Bad weather has forced the race to be abandoned three times in the last seven years but we are expected to get the all clear this Saturday with temperatures not due to go below freezing.

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Winner of last year’s race, Ziga Boy, returns to defend his crown although at 12/1 with BetVictor, he’s not overly fancied by the bookies. It was a confident performance by the eight-year-old last time which saw him win by three and a quarter lengths. Despite not impressing since, he must stand a chance here.

Alan King’s horse is up eleven pounds form last year and although he does tend to save his better performances for Doncaster, this may prove to be a little too much for him. The same must be said of last year’s runner up, Coologue (12/1, BetVictor) who finds himself 13 lbs up this time and has been pulled up in two of his last four starts.

Bigbadjohn looks like beginning the race as favourite as he looks for his second chase win of the season. It’s the first season Rebecca Curtis’ horse has tackled the fences and promise has certainly been shown so far. He’s yet to chase in a field larger than six runners though and there is concern that his inexperience may work against him.

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Not only does he lack chase experience but also experience over this distance. He’s yet to complete a three mile race and has fallen short on two starts over two miles and seven furlongs. The future looks promising for the eight-year-old but with a competitive field here, it’s a big risk backing him at 9/2 with Totesport.

Another Hero is far from the most reliable runner you’ll see but at his price, he’s worth a punt to take this race. The seven-year-old has proved his worth in the lower classes and looks like what it takes to compete with the bigger names in his second season of chasing. This season didn’t get off to a flyer with him well behind the winner when finishing sixth at Chepstow. Following this was a very good run at Aintree though during a Listed handicap. It was far from a fluent performance but Aintree is a stiff course and he could well be in for a smoother ride here as a result. With further improvements expected and a fairly low handicap, it could be time for his first Class 1 win.

In the each way market, it’s hard to look past Ballyboker Breeze who also has impressed in lower quality races. He makes the step up from Class 3 for the first time and it doesn’t look like being a gulf in quality too much for him. He saw off some strong runners at Bangor on his last outing which came over three miles and Nicky Richards fancies his nine-year-old’s here.

Richards said that there are a lot more positives than minuses regarding his chances and that he’s been training well. While the 60-year-old trainer did add that his inexperience could be an issue but he’s still definitely worth of a gamble when all things are considered.