Horse Racing Betting Preview for 16-22 January 2017

Horse Racing
Updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 12:22 PM

Horse racing fans in the UK have more than two dozen meetings to enjoy this week, including evening meetings every night from Wednesday to Saturday and all-weather action at Wolverhampton, Kempton, Lingfield Park, Southwell, Chelmsford City and Newcastle. Three races of particular note are available for Ante Post betting, and those are the Clarence House Chase at Ascot on Saturday 21 January, and the Handicap Chase and Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday 22 January.


  • Un De Sceaux is an obvious favourite for the Clarence House Chase on Saturday (15:00 Ascot). The nine-year-old has notched up 13 wins from 18 starts, including six from ten in chases. Ar Mad has a better strike rate in chases, with four wins from six starts, but is less effective overall, having won five from ten starts in all jumps races. 11-year-old Sire De Grugy has enjoyed a longer career than both and has won 17 races from 39 starts, including 13 from 27 in chases.
  • Haymount has won three races from ten starts, but has finished in the frame on eight occasions – including a second place finish last time out on 26th December – and has a 50% strike rate in chases. Rogue Trader has run 14 races and won five whilst placing in two others, and the eight-year-old has won two races from eight chase starts. Empire of Dirt will come to the Handicap Chase (14:40 Leopardstown, Sunday) on the back of three consecutive wins, and has won six times from a total of 22 races, with a strike rate of 30.76% in chases.
  • Heartbreak City has won six from 23 races, including two from eight hurdles, and has placed on four occasions. After Rain has started in a total of ten races, nine of which were hurdles events, and has won twice, giving the seven-year-old a winning strike rate of 20%. That’s A Wrap has a 40% strike rate thanks to notching up four wins from ten starts (all hurdle races), and Golden Spear has five wins from a total of 27, including one success from eight starts in hurdles races.’s View

Un De Sceaux has a fantastic record as a chaser, and whilst Ar Mad has a better strike rate in chases only, the favourite has achieved an overall strike rate of 72.22% and looks set to improve that in the Clarence House Chase on Saturday.

Haymount is a reasonable favourite for the Handicap Chase, but both Rogue Trader and Empire of Dirt could pose a very real threat, and we quite fancy the latter as an each-way shot with a fair chance of winning.

We think that the Handicap Hurdle on Sunday could see Heartbreak City and That’s A Wrap battle it out towards the finish, and we would prefer to side with That’s A Wrap at an each-way price.

As far as siding with a most-likely winner is concerned, we can’t look beyond Un De Sceaux in the Clarence House Chase on Saturday, but for betting purposes we will take an each-way interest in That’s A Wrap in the Handicap Hurdle on Sunday.

  •’s top tip: That’s A Wrap Each-Way in the Handicap Hurdle – 10/1 

*Please note that odds will fluctuate as the race approaches.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019 12:22:23+00:00
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