Another weekend and another chance for top tips. So, here are our January 19 horse racing betting tips. This weekend is jam-packed with horse racing delights and followers have plenty to sort through. Highlights include the Holloways Handicap Hurdle; The New One Hurdle; fans’ favourite Clarence House Chase; Bet365 Handicap Chase and the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase.
With each of the big races shown live on TV, as well as a fantastic supporting card from across the UK and Ireland, it promises to be a memorable outing. Enjoying the racing is one thing; however, we’re in the business of making money from the fixtures at the expense of bookmakers and are glad to note there is no lack of value around for those happy to risk their stake money.
Bookies mark the occasion by offering a number of exciting markets, all gifting attractive odds on the most popular runners. That catches the attention of value hunters and with money to be made our team of horse racing experts are on hand to help you land a profit. Read on as we pick through the afternoon’s main talking points.
Clarence House Chase
A Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase decided over two miles and one furlong, it’s open to entrants aged five years and older. First run back in 1989 when won by Desert Orchid for Simon Sherwood and David Elsworth, it has gone on to establish itself as one of the standout races of January and remains a favourite with British racing fans.
Despite a rich history, Un de Sceaux remains the most successful horse with three titles; each of these came between 2016 and 2018. Ruby Walsh sat in the saddle for two of those three victories and that helped him to the top jockey award, boasting no less than four gongs; Master Minded 2009 and Twist Magic 2010 were responsible for the other two. No trainer gets near Paul Nicholls and his five trophies, landed thanks to Call Equiname (1999), Master Minded (2009 and 2011), Twist Magic (2010) and Dodging Bullets (2015).
Looking at recent times and, as already mentioned, Un de Sceaux has won each of the last three runnings; he successfully completed the hat-trick last year with Paul Townend on his back. The Willie Mullins trained 11-year-old gelding did the business when sent off a 4/9 favourite at Ascot, coming home a full seven lengths ahead of runner-up Speredek at 16/1 and Kylemore Lough making up the major places when finishing third at 8/1. A short price that day; however, he certainly ran and won like one to prove the traders to be shrewd once again.
Great Price Available on Four
The team are back for another crack at it with Un de Sceaux quoted in the ante-post betting for this year’s renewal. Surprisingly, he has been written off by the money men who are happy to go against number four, so much so there’s a stunning 6/1 – best price with Unibet – on the horse that has made this race his own in recent times.
Un de Sceaux arrives with form onside too, having finished no higher than second in any of his last 14 outings, a run stretching all the way back to an unfortunate fall at Leopardstown when contesting a 2m 1f chase in December 2015. That’s stunning and about as strong a string of results you could hope to find about a horse carrying a nice price. He won three of five starts last year, his victories coming in this race, as well as the Devenish Chase and Punchestown Champion Chase.
The latter saw him score at 9/2 ahead of pre-race betting favourite Douvan who went off at 4/5. That was followed by a silver medal appearance in the Tingle Creek Chase over 1m 7f at Sandown in early December, held by 8/13 fav Altior that day. There were four lengths between first and second on 8 December; however, the runner-up led during the opening exchanges and showed his usual fight for the finish line at the business end of the contest, eventually beaten by a better horse on the day.
More of the Same
That result appears to have stuck in the minds of traders who have been keen to support Altior to win this year’s Clarence House Chase; the nine-year-old has been marked up as a convincing favourite with no more than 2/7 available. That looks tight in what should be a competitive contest, but it’s value when compared to the 2/9 going with other bookies.
Nicky Henderson’s talented bay has won 17 of 19 previous starts, finishing third in one of the spares. He was last seen winning the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton over two miles during the festive period, proving himself worthy of the 1/8 price tag that was attached to his chances before the off. The victor smashed the field that day with runner-up Diego Du Charmil coming home a full 19 lengths off the pace, taking little credit from the race.
It’s little surprise to see the money men support Altior, especially on the back of such an impressive performance; however, the price means he’s not for us and we’d much rather take a chance on defending champion Un de Sceaux rolling back the years at 6/1 (Unibet). It’ll help make the race that little more interesting and backers are guaranteed a run for their money.
Others Worth a Mention
Others in the early betting worth a mention are Fox Norton who can be backed at 12/1 with Bet365 – as short as 8/1 elsewhere; then there’s Waiting Patiently at 16/1, Gods Own 20/1 and Diego Du Charmil, who makes little appeal, even with bookies dangling a chunky carrot in front of the noses of punters in the form of a 25/1 quote.
Those looking to take the favourite on may prefer to do so with an each-way bet and players will get place terms of 1/4 the odds a place 1-2. With bookies expecting Altior to make light work of what is a talented field, the race could be on to predict who will finish second for a tidy profit.