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2018 Classic Chase betting tips: Lee's 14/1 chance could be Goodtoknow in Saturday's Warwick feature

Brian Healy 12 Jan 2018
Warwick's feature race on Saturday is the Grade Three Classic Chase over 3m5f. (credit: GettyImages)

Brian Healy gives his big-race tip for Saturday's marathon feature at Warwick, the Grade Three Classic Chase which will be shown live on ITV Racing.


Brian Healy gives his 2017 Classic Chase tips as he takes a look at Warwick's feature race on Saturday, where the marathon Grade Three contest has attracted a strong field.

The Grade Three Classic Handicap Chase headlines Warwick’s Saturday racecard, and the gruelling 3m 5f contest is shaping up to be another cracking and competitive contest with a typically big field assembled for the valuable contest.


Getting underway at 3.35pm, the marathon contest will form part of the ITV Racing coverage on Saturday and the could give a pointer towards the Aintree Grand National later in the season with 2017 winner One For Arthur going on to land Aintree glory. 

In addition to Lucinda Russell’s Grand National Hero, plenty of good sorts have won this contest in the recent past, including Hawakes Point, Shotgun Paddy and Hey Big Spender.

This year’s renewal sees a potential field of 20 runners going to post vying for a first prize that stands in excess of £40,000 to the winner.

Paul Nicholls has won this race three times since the turn of the century, but strangely the Ditcheat handler is without a runner in the race; Kerry Lee meanwhile took the top honours with her Russe Blanc (20/1, Paddy Power) two years ago, and he returns for another crack at the big race although his form of late has been worrying.

In-form Kerry Lee could be Goodtoknow in Saturday's Warwick feature.



Lee also saddles the fancied Krakatoa King (9/1, William Hill) and GOODTOKNOW (14/1, William Hill), and it could be the latter who may be worth chancing to come out on top despite having pulled up last time.

That came over the Grand National fences, and the Presenting gelding had gone well for a long way fading out of contention and failing to finish. However, he got no further than the second fence on his earlier return to action at Wincanton which may have had a bearing on his Aintree run as he was essentially having his first start of the season at the Liverpool venue, and he may just have needed the outing on the testing ground.

He took a couple of runs to reach his peak last term, but he produced a cracking effort in this race twelve months ago to chase down the eventual winner, going down by six lengths to the subsequent Grand National winner.

Having scored at Hereford on his next start, beating former dual-Welsh Grand National winner Mountainous under a big weight, he wasn’t at his best at Haydock in the Grand National trial where he failed to finish after some ponderous early leaps left him with plenty to do; the run may have come soon enough however following his Hereford success, and he went well for a long way in the Grand National proper until a mistake at the Canal Turn on the second circuit put him on the back foot and he gradually dropped away.

The weights have gone up 14lbs across the field since the early entries following the defection of original top-weight Ptit Zig from the race; he features here through off - theoretically at least - just 2lbs higher than twelve months ago, and with the yard in good form he could well post another big run back at this venue.

2017 CLASSIC CHASE SELECTION - GOODTOKNOW (14/1, William Hill, each-way)


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2018 Classic Chase betting tips: Lee's 14/1 chance could be Goodtoknow in Saturday's Warwick feature

Brian Healy gives his big-race tip for Saturday's marathon feature at Warwick, the Grade Three Classic Chase which will be shown live on ITV Racing.

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