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Sky Bet Chase (Listed Handicap)
(formerly the Great Yorkshire Chase)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Big Fella Thanks
P F Nicholls
Christian Williams
11st 2lbs
9 - 2
K G Reveley
J Reveley
11st 11lbs
9 - 1
11 lengths
Native Coral
N G Richards
D J Condon
10st 3lbs
11 - 1
1 1/4 length
According To Pete
J M Jefferson
P Kinsella
11st 11lbs
11 - 2
6 lengths
P R Webber
A Thornton
11st 7lbs
20 - 1
1 length
Miss V Williams
A P McCoy
10st 8lbs
4 - 1
1 1/2 length
Mrs S J Smith
Tjade Collier
11st 0lbs
25 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
Flying Enterprise
Miss V Williams
S Thomas
10st 10lbs
12 - 1
G L Moore
J E Moore
10st 13lbs
14 - 1
Always Waining
P Bowen
R M Power
11st 12lbs
33 - 1
Mrs Caroline Bailey
T Messenger
11st 1lbs
8 - 1
Irish Raptor
N A Twiston-Davies
David England
11st 0lbs
20 - 1
Ian Williams
Michael Murphy
10st 8lbs
16 - 1
H D Daly
M Bradburne
11st 9lbs

You're Special
Ferdy Murphy

10st 9lbs

My Immortal
J J Quinn
D C Costello
10st 6lbs

That's Rhythm
M Todhunter
B Hughes
10st 5lbs

J J Quinn
Harry Haynes
10st 3lbs

H D Daly
A Tinkler
11st 9lbs

Hot Weld
Ferdy Murphy

11st 7lbs

Fier Normand
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 1lbs

Noir Et Vert
Ferdy Murphy

10st 6lbs



Todhunter Hopes Rain Won’t Spoil His Rhythm in The Sky Bet Chase 22/01/09

Cumbrian trainer Martin Todhunter is hoping the rain clouds stay away over the next two days as he targets the £85,000 Listed Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on Saturday with the promising novice That’s Rhythm (18/1 with sponsor Sky Bet ).

doncaster racecourse

That’s Rhythm, who is set to carry 10st 5lb under Brian Hughes, is one of a maximum field of 22 runners (plus two reserves) declared today for the three-mile handicap chase. The Peter Bowen-trained Always Waining (33/1) is set to carry top-weight of 11st 12lb..

The fantastic Town Moor feature will see the lightly-raced That’s Rhythm race for only the 11th time and the consistent nine-year-old will be bidding for a first victory over fences, having won three contests over hurdles and filled the runner-up berth on his three previous attempts in chases.

Over three miles and a furlong at Hexham on October 3, the Sir Robert Ogden-owned That’s Rhythm hinted at a bright future as a chaser when two lengths runner-up to According To Pete (set to carry 11st 11lb), currently the 8/1 co-favourite with Sky Bet for Saturday’s prestigious race. Todhunter’s charge was last seen racing over two and a half miles at Newcastle on October 30, when a length second to Mill Side, to whom he was conceding 7lb.

Todhunter revealed this morning: “The plan is to run at Doncaster but he doesn’t want more rain. It’s a case of the quicker the ground, the better for him. He’s going there as a live outsider, the only worry is that soft ground would go against him. If the rain isn’t as heavy as expected, I’m looking forward to a good run.

“It’s unfortunate, every time he’s run, he’s finished second to good horses. He was runner-up to According To Pete at Hexham and that one has done nothing wrong.

“He’s lightly raced but he has been declared once or twice over the Christmas period and unfortunately those races have been off. We wanted to run him at Catterick on New Year’s Day but that was cancelled, so the weather hasn’t been kind.”

Four horses are currently vying for outright favouritism - According To Pete, Alexanderthegreat from the Venetia Williams yard, the Paul Nicholls-trained Big Fella Thanks and Possol, trained by Henry Daly, all on offer at 8/1 with Sky Bet .

The high-quality field also includes Hot Weld, winner of the Scottish Grand National and Sandown Gold Cup (formerly the Whitbread Gold Cup) in the space of seven days in April 2007. The Ferdy Murphy-trained 10-year-old is having his first start since completing that historic double and is one of three runners from the yard, the others being Noir Et Vert (20/1 & 10st 6lb) and You’re Special (33/1 & 10st 9lb).

Keith Reveley will saddle last year’s runner-up Ungaro (11/1 &11st 11lb), while the Paul Webber-trained Laskari (10/1 & 11st 7lb), Montgermont (10/1 &11st 1lb), trained by Caroline Bailey, and the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Fier Normand (10/1 & 11st 1lb) are also set to line up.

The two reserves for the Sky Bet Chase are Morgan Be (10st 3lb) and Rare Society (10st). Reserves can take the place of a non-runner up to 9am on Friday, January 23.


Sky Bet Prices For The Sky Bet Chase

Big Fella Thanks 8/1, According To Pete 8/1, Possol 8/1, Alexanderthegreat 8/1, Laskari 10/1, Fier Normand 10/1, Ungaro 11/1, Montgermont 16/1, Native Coral 16/1, That's Rhythm 18/1, Flying Enterprise 20/1, Aleron 20/1, Noir Et Vert 20/1, Verasi 22/1, Crozan 25/1, Lysander 25/1, Irish Raptor 28/1, Billyvoddan 28/1, Hot Weld 33/1, Always Waining 33/1, My Immortal 33/1, You're Special 33/1, Morgan Be 40/1, Rare Society 50/1

Each Way terms: 1/4 of odds for 1st 4 places

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