It’s the 888Sport Grimthorpe Chase Festival at Doncaster on Saturday (March 2) and there are four interesting races on the card.
Check out our analysis and free tips for the 888Sport Grimthorpe Handicap Chase, the 888Sport Handicap Hurdle, the 888Sport Bet 10 Get 30 Handicap Chase, and the 888Sport Take ‘Em On Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.
888Sport Handicap Hurdle (13:50 gmt)
The last nine winners of this race have all been rated 133 or lower and that potentially narrows down the field to just the bottom four runners in the handicap. Faithful Mount and Whatthebutlersaw also look older than ideal at the age of 10, whilst Three Ways has an absence of over 300 days to overcome.
That leaves us with the well-fancied Bordeaux Bill who, despite a 4lb rise in the handicap for winning last time, is still 10lb lower than the highest-rating he’s achieved. Seven of the last eight winners have also been well-found in the market, so there are plenty of reasons to think he can win this.
Free Tip For The 888Sport Handicap Hurdle:
Bordeaux Bill @ 5.00 PaddyPower, BetVictor
888Sport Bet 10 Get 30 Handicap Chase (14:25 gmt)
Class has prevailed in the last two editions of this two-mile handicap and Nuts Well was still travelling really well when he fell three fences out in the race won by Cracking Find over course and distance last time.
The re-opposing winner has since gone up 5lb in the handicap and that makes Nuts Well look potentially well-handicapped against that rival here, especially as he’s sporting first-time cheek pieces which could also squeeze out a bit more improvement from a horse that has run many of his best races at this time of year. He definitely looks the value bet in the race.
Free Tip For The 888Sport Bet 10 Get 30 Handicap Chase:
Nuts Well @ 7.50 PaddyPower, 10Bet
888Sport Take ‘Em On Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (15:00 gmt)
Danse Idol has run up to her mark in defeat in her last two races behind the progressive Queenohearts and there’s every chance that this former point-to-point winner is going to improve massively for the step up in trip to three miles. She’s also top-rated by a 1lb and, unless her main rival Papagana improves even more for her first attempt at three miles, Danse Idol is taken to come out on top.
Free Tip For The 888Sport Take ‘Em On Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle:
Danse Idol @ 2.38 William Hill
888Sport Grimthorpe Handicap Chase (15:35 gmt)
Horses rated 149 have outclassed their rivals in the last two renewals of the Grimthorpe Chase and it could be a case of déjà vu this season as Rocky’s Treasure bids to win a third edition of this race for his trainer Kim Bailey.
He’s already proven his liking for Doncaster with a wide-margin win in a novice chase here, whilst he also won on his only other visit in a hurdle race. That course form is much better than that of Dingo Dollar who flopped here last time. Barney Dwan also has plenty of class but connections probably wouldn’t want him to get a penalty for the Cheltenham Festival, where he’s been placed for the last two years. The others may simply not be fast enough if Rocky’s Treasure arrives here at his best and the money for him in the ante-post market this week suggests he will.
Free Tip For The 888Sport Grimthorpe Chase:
Rocky’s Treasure @ 3.25 PaddyPower, Bet365