Grand Sefton Handicap Chase Betting Odds Comparison - Aintree

05/12/2020 15:15:00

The Grand Sefton Handicap Chase features prominently on the Aintree racecard in early December, with this race generally taking place on the first Saturday of the month and it’s an opportunity for the runners to compete against each other over the Grand National fences.

From a punting perspective, this is usually a wide open race and many punters like to bet each-way when they make their Grand Sefton selections on the Aintree race card, with the leading bookmakers having offered antepost betting odds and they will also have best odds guaranteed on the day of the race.

Janika Heads the Grand Sefton Handicap Betting

Nicky Henderson is no stranger to success at Aintree and he has the market leader in the form of Janika, with the seven-year-old not having been seen at a racecourse for nearly a year, although it hasn’t stopped the bookies from making the horse favourite.

There’s a slight concern when it comes to this horse’s win rate considering that Janika finished well down the order behind Summerville Boy at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day, while more recent runs have seen the horse well beaten at Ascot.

However, these can all be filed under the prep run category and there was a fourth-placed finish in the Topham Chase at Aintree eighteen months ago so the ability is clearly there.

Modus Could Lead the Challenge From Other Contenders

Modus achieved a victory on his seasonal reappearance and the Paul Nicholls-trained charge won an Aintree race on 7 November when landing the spoils in a handicap chase over two miles and four furlongs.

However, Modus was not seen at a track for over a year previously to this run and you’re essentially banking that the horse has returned to the sort of form that saw him shine earlier in his career, with a rollercoaster time of things at various tracks.

Spiritofthegames looks far easier to back after a strong performance in the recent Paddy Power Gold Cup, with the horse finishing second behind Coole Cody and that came after achieving a credible sixth place in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase.

The History of the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase

This is a historic race which first took place in 1865 and ran for a century as part of the autumn meeting at Aintree, with the distance being nearly three miles. It has subsequently been shortened to two miles and five furlongs, although it’s still a stiff trip considering that the runners have to overcome eighteen fences in total and these are Grand National obstacles.

Some of the more recent winners include Gas Line Boy, Warriors Tale and Hogan’s Height, with Paul Nicholls having enjoyed three successes in recent years and the first of these was with Rebel Rebellion in 2013, while Jim Goldie was successful with Lampion Du Bost and Endless Power.