Ascot Chase Tips and Betting Offers, Saturday 17th February 2018

Cue Card is looking for his third Ascot Chase victory but he faces tough competition in this renewal of the two mile, five furlong event. The race, which was introduced in 1995, carries Grade 1 status and a purse of £150,000. For the seven runners declared, it’ll be a good test of their jumping ability with 17 fences to tackle on going that is expected to be soft.

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Cue Card is rather unfancied to claim a third Ascot Chase victory, an achievement which would make him the outright most successful horse in this race. He’s made just two starts this season, first falling at Wetherby and then 57 lengths behind Bristol de Mai at a very muddy Haydock Park. Joe Tizzard was keen to assure punters though that the 12-year-old has looked as good as ever at home and still has something to give. He does seem to like Ascot so if he is going to regain his old form, it could well be here.

Despite his troubles, Cue Card’s big race record make him more appealing each way option than Frodon (10/1, Betfair) who has been beaten twice at Ascot this season. On the first occasion he wound up over 10 lengths behind Top Notch who also features here and it’s hard to see how the gap will close much this time. Paul Nicholls’ horse did impress at Cheltenham last month but the heavy conditions played a big part in the six-year-old’s victory.

Top Notch won the race at Ascot when finishing well ahead of Frodon and his strong showing that day has helped make him the favourite here. A recent course and distance win is always a big positive and the seven-year-old really did put in a classy performance during November’s race. The going was good to soft that day but he showed he has no problems when there is a bit more give underfoot when winning the Peterborough Chase in December. Having never once finished outside the top three in nine chase starts, Nicky Henderson’s horse is a consistent perform who looks the pick of the bunch here.

Coney Island (3/1, Coral) also boasts a course and distance win collected this season. There was only two other horses he had to beat though and he didn’t look particularly fluent at times despite the lack of traffic. His winning performance in last year’s Drinmore Novice Chase does suggest he has a chance but with improvements to be made, this race might just come a bit too early for him.

Fellow seven-year-old Waiting Patiently (5/2, 888sport) has won all of his five chase starts including a Grade 2 last January where he beat the favourite Politologue. Ruth Jefferson’s horse has wasted little time getting to grips with the fences and he shone at Kempton last month in a Listed quality race. He won’t look out of place his Grade 1 debut but given that 10 of the last 12 Ascot Chase winners had made at least seven previous chase starts, perhaps he lacks the necessary experience.