2024 Middle Distance Veterans Handicap Chase Betting Odds at Market Rasen racecourse

Friday, 19 January 2024

Shan Blue has been pulled up in two of his three previous encounters although this horse is among the betting favourites to win the Middle Distance Series Veterans' Handicap Chase. The ten-year-old should be able to run a solid race, with Millers Bank running for trainer Alex Hales and carrying slightly more weight.

Cepage is capable going well for trainer Venetia Williams and the twelve-year-old has to be considered a contender, while Champagne Mystery is yet to score this season although some would rate the horse as a decent each-way runner. Goose Man and Pink Legend are others that could be added to the shortlist.

2024 Middle Distance Series Veterans' Handicap Chase Tips

Shan Blue and Millers Bank are the two favourites to win the 2024 Middle Distance Series Veterans' Handicap Chase, with the former trained by Dan Skelton and the horse claimed third place in his previous outing. In the Howden Handicap Chase, the runner was able to produce a respectable performance to finish narrowly behind Triple Trade and Harper’s Brook.

Previously to this, there were three consecutive occasions where the horse was pulled up. The other horse trading at a similar price is Millers Bank, with the runner finishing third out of three competitors when being defeated by West Balboa and Brewin’upastorm. That came after being pulled up in the Marsh Chase at Aintree back in April.

Cepage was pulled up at Warwick back in January, although perhaps we can draw a line through that particular run, with the Venetia Williams-trained runner having won at Cheltenham in mid-December. It was a smart seven-length victory in the Unibet Middle Distance Chase Series Veterans' Handicap Chase and we will once again see Charlie Deutsch on board.

Champagne Mystery was second in his last outing and the Tom George-trained runner has to stand a good each-way chance, with the horse having gone under new ownership after a spate of impressive wins in France. It’s always hard to compare French form with the British track record, although second place in the Prix General Donnio at Auteuil was impressive.