2023 Towton Novices Chase Betting Odds at Wetherby racecourse

Saturday, 04 February 2023

Can any horse beat Ballygrifincottage in this race? Punters will be mulling over the various options and wondering whether to put the Dan Skelton-trained runner in their horse racing accumulator bets or instead look for a bigger-priced alternative. There are some viable alternatives in the race and it will be interesting to see how Mister Coffey and City Chief perform.

Mister Coffey has recently had a string of second-placed finishes and perhaps this is the race where Nicky Henderson’s charge hits the winners’ enclosure, while City Chief and O’Toole both won last time out. Thunder Rock could also be a dangerous operator and it could be worth looking at a reverse forecast for this race.

2023 Towton Novices' Chase Tips

Ballygrifincottage was the winner of the Jewson St Helens Novices' Chase on 30 November 2022. While there was plenty to like about an eleven-length victory against favourite Beauport, this was a three-runner race and perhaps not the best indication of form. The horse previously finished an impressive fourth in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at a big price.

The bookies think that this horse is going to take all the beating, with Mister Coffey looking like a decent contender, with the runner finishing second in a handicap chase at Chepstow Racecourse over the festive season. However, the horse was particularly under-par when finishing well down the pecking order in the Randox Topham Handicap Chase.

City Chief was able to win last time out and the six-year-old is another Nicky Henderson-trained runner was able to oblige at even money in a Handicap Chase at Hereford Racecourse, while the horse finished fifth in a handicap hurdle at the Punchestown Hurdle when being sent off as the market leader.

O’Toole has to be respected based on his achievements so far, with a victory occurring at Newcastle Racecourse in early January. Thunder Rock has also scored back-to-back wins this season and the seven-year-old might also be on the shortlist, with the horse racing odds indicating that this is an open encounter.