Grimthorpe Chase betting preview
Doncaster hosts a good card on Saturday and the feature race is the Grimthorpe Chase. It is a race run over three miles and two furlongs which will be no easy task. The race looks very strong this year with some potential Grand National horses for next month lining up. One of these is the favourite The Last Samuri who is best priced with BetVictor at 3/1. Another horse in the line up with potential National hopes is The Druids Nephew who is best priced with Coral at 6/1. However my selection goes to another horse in the form of Charlie Longsdon trained Drop Out Joe. He seems to represent excellent value at a best priced 9/2 with Betway.
There are many reasons why I fancy my selection. Firstly he was second in this race twelve months ago. Course and distance form is always a big positive and he appears a better horse this year. This has been aided by the addition of blinkers. His improvement can be seen with his last two races where he has been successful on both starts. These have come at Chepstow and more recently at Wincanton. He is up 8 lbs for his latest success but he could still be capable off this new mark. He appears to be on an upward curve and his previous experience in this race shows he should have stamina assured. He appears to have a very solid chance and is well worth backing.
His biggest danger could be The Last Samuri. As previously mentioned he could be a contender in the Grand National next month. With weights being revealed prior to this contest there should be no concerns regarding him protecting his handicap mark. He is another horse that is progressing nicely and recorded a good victory at Kempton over the Christmas period. He appears at home over these extended distances and the soft ground on Saturday will hold no fears. He is already four from seven over fences and looks like a very good prospect for connections.
The final horse mentioned earlier as a potential National type was The Druids Nephew. Whilst it is slightly more a leap of faith backing him after below par performances this season, he is a horse with plenty of ability. He won a big handicap at the Cheltenham Festival last year and looked to be travelling very well when coming down in the Grand National last year. If bouncing back to his best form he would have a very big chance despite having to carry top weight.