2023 Limited Handicap Chase Betting Odds at Kempton Park racecourse

Tuesday, 26 December 2023

The Close Brothers Handicap Chase takes place on 27 February 2021, with this being a three-mile contest at Kempton Racecourse, with as many as twenty runners lining up for a Grade 3 encounter which often provides plenty of punters for the Cheltenham Festival which is run a few weeks later.

The current betting market is 6/1 the field which indicates that we’re likely to see an open race, although Jerrysback is the market leader, with the Philip Hobbs-trained runner potentially taking all the beating, although Cap Du Nord, Slate House and Double Shuffle are also among the potential front runners.

Can Jerrysback Oblige as Handicap Chase Favourite?

Jerrysback has only run once this season and finished third in the bet365 Handicap Chase towards the end of January, although that performance was eye-catching enough to make the horse the 6/1 betting favourite to win this race at Kempton, with a solid performance being displayed over two miles and five furlongs.

That performance came after a long rest from the track although there have been some notable displays during his career and that includes a third-placed finish in the National Hunt Challenge Cup at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, with the horse potentially about to come on from his recent run.

Paul Nicholls Could Score With Black Corton or Clan Des Obeaux

Paul Nicholls is no stranger to training winners in races such as this and Black Corton will be looking to get things right after a few bumps in the road this season, with the ten-year-old finishing fourth in the Sodexo Gold Cup Handicap Chase before flopping in the Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase and the horse was then pulled up in the Unibet Handicap Chase.

Indeed, Nicholls has several of the top-weighted entries in the race and that includes the well-known Clan Des Obeaux who is trading at a double figure price but regarded as the classiest horse in this encounter, being recently sent off for the King George VI Chase before finishing third behind Frodon and Waiting Patiently.

Who Are the Other Close Brothers Handicap Chase Favourites?

Cap Du Nord has run four times this season and they have all been creditable performances, with the horse finishing third in the Sky Bet Handicap Chase when being sent off as the 4/1 favourite, while that followed a second-placed finish in a handicap race at Kempton Park so there should be no issues with this horse over the same course and distance.

Double Shuffle is something of an old-stager at the age of 11, although he also won a handicap chase race at Kempton at the beginning of 2021, with the horse also in the frame when finishing third at the same course towards the back end of 2020.