Dive in with both Feat
Ian Ogg analyses the last 10 renewals of Saturday's Betfred Masters Handicap Chase and picks out the key statistics.
- Winners have been aged 7 (three), 8 (two), 9 (two), 11 and 13 (two).
- Winners have carried between 9-7 and 11-5.
- Winners have been rated between 120 and 151 with eight between 120 and 136.*
- Winners have been priced between 5/2 and 20/1 with seven in single figures.
- Two favourites have been successful with a further one placed.
- Eight winners finished in the first five on their preceding start, only one was successful.
- Eight winners had their preceding start in either December or January of the current season.
- All of the winners had won or been placed over at least three miles.
- Eight winners had either won or been placed in a class 2 handicap chase or better.
*The 2008 renewal was the first to be run as an open handicap (prior to that, it was a 0-145) and the five winners under current conditions have been rated 143, 130, 151, 136 and 132.
On Trend is 10lbs lower than when winning last year but that takes him out of the optimum rating band and it can pay to look elsewhere. Philip Hobbs won the previous two renewals and his Roalco De Farges can't be confidently dismissed as candidates don't jump off the page.
The two that appeal most are Pete The Feat and Soll with preference for the former with three of the last four winners having been partnered by a conditional jockey which partially offsets the negative of top-weight.