Grade Two Denman Chase Guide 2022

Jake Russell | @JakeRuss1000

Newbury - February 12 2022
Newbury 14:25
1
Harry Cobden

Clan Des Obeaux

J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-6
OR: 172
Days: 48

A two-time King George winner in 2018 and 2019 arguably arrives off the back of his most significant victories at the back end of last season, before finishing 2nd in this season’s renewal of the Christmas centrepiece at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Clan Des Obeaux ran away with the Betway Bowl at Aintree in April last season, winning by 26 lengths to re-assert himself as Britain’s leading staying chaser after having lost his King George crown the season before last.

However arguably his best career performance to date came in the Punchestown Gold Cup at the back end of last season, beating a two-time Gold Cup winner, and other multiple graded winning horses back in behind him.

He won by just under 2 lengths and asserted himself once again to be one of the best staying chasers in the game.

He always runs well fresh and will be primed for this race, with other options not being great for him further along in the season as he needs certain things to fall in place to benefit him, so connections will take all the wins they can get early on.

This race will have been a big target this season for Clan Des Obeaux as Cheltenham isn’t his strong suit, with Aintree surely on the cards after this, bypassing the Cheltenham Festival as that course isn’t one of his strong suits.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
07/04/22AIN25GS11-71
12/02/22NBY23.5GS11-63
26/12/21KEM24Sft11-102
28/04/21PUN24.5Y11-121
08/04/21AIN25GS11-71
Newbury - February 12 2022
Newbury 14:25
4
Charlie Deutsch

Royale Pagaille

J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-6
OR: 166
Days: 21

One of the leading novice chasers last season, winning 3 races in a row including the Grade 2 Peter Marsh at Haydock, connections took their chance in the gold cup last season at the Cheltenham festival, where he finished a very creditable 6th place.

The Venetia Williams mount has had two runs this season, where he came second in the Betfair Chase, although well beaten he finished ahead of some decent sorts that day and the winner has very big aspirations going forward.

Arguably this horse's best career performance to date was last time out at his beloved Haydock, where he was lining up in the Grade 2 Peter Marsh for the second year running, carrying top weight of 11 stone 10, which was almost a stone heavier than any of the other runners in the field.

He jumped superbly that day, Charlie Deutsch keeping him at the back of the field to challenge late on down the straight. Things went to plan that day and he swept to the front with 2 to jump before surging away coming to the line, to win by half a length.

The winning margin doesn’t suggest he was the superior horse in the race, but it was a fantastic weight carrying performance in the usual very soft conditions at Haydock.

He has to find a bit more on ratings with Clan Des Obeaux, but he is in fine form lately, and thriving horses can pull up some big surprise performances.

It will be a fascinating contest with the favourite and two-time King George winner.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
07/04/22AIN25GS11-75
18/03/22CHL26.5GS11-105
12/02/22NBY23.5GS11-62
22/01/22HAY25.5Sft11-101
20/11/21HAY25.5GS11-72
Newbury - February 12 2022
Newbury 14:25
5
Tom Bellamy

De Rasher Counter

J: Tom Bellamy
T: Emma Lavelle
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-0
OR: 149
Days: 489

Emma Lavelle has produced some slight upsets in big races this season already, winning the Classic Chase at Warwick with Éclair Surf and the Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham with Paisley Park a few weeks back when he didn’t really look to be loving the game looking at his previous runs.

Her horses are in fine fettle this season as well, as the yard are currently operating at a 21% win strike rate in the last 14 days, with regular stable jockey Tom Bellamy fresh off winning the Jockey Of The Month award.

But her mount does look to really be up against it in this, the winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury in November 2019, he hasn’t been seen winning since but has only had the three runs since that success, the last of which was back in October 2020 so just over 16 months off the track.

He will have to be really primed for this up against some decent horses, who are considerably higher rated than him, so he looks to have a really hard taste winning this, but the yard has produced some good winners this season so that plays to their strengths.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
09/04/22AIN34.5GS10-12UR
12/02/22NBY23.5GS11-04
11/10/20NAB26.5GS11-122
14/03/20UTT34Hy11-9PU
25/01/20CHL25.5Sft11-44
Newbury - February 12 2022
Newbury 14:25
3
David Bass

Imperial Aura

J: David Bass
T: Kim Bailey
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-6
OR: 159
Days: 70

A horse who promised so much last season in his second season chasing, winning the Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle in November 2020, as well as the Grade 2 Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase at Ascot by 5 lengths.

The form in behind in those races isn’t exactly top draw, but he looked at the top of his game in those runs and was well fancied to run well in the Grade 1 Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival last season but did run such a poor race when pulling up.

His current form is a slight concern however, as he has failed to complete any of his last four races, and in a field with two top class horses, he could be up against it in this with the main two in the market coming off superb runs last time out.

It isn’t all bad with him thought as he does seem to perform better in smaller fields, so this 5 field contest will benefit him, plus he takes the step down in class from the previous races he was running in and the slightly better ground of Good to Soft at Newbury on Saturday will suit this horse.

But as previously mentioned his current form is a slight concern and does leave a slight sour taste in the mouth, also the Kim Bailey yard haven’t had a winner for some time now, stable form can be everything in these sort of races.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
12/02/22NBY23.5GS11-6PU
04/12/21AIN25Sft11-6PU
20/11/21HAY25.5GS11-7F
18/03/21CHL20.5GS11-10PU
09/01/21KEM20.5GS11-6UR
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Newbury 14:25
2
Brendan Powell

Eldorado Allen

J: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-6
OR: 155
Days: 28

The Colin Tizzard horse has been in decent form this season, A talented horse on his day, who is already a Grade 2 winner this season winning the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter in November last year, beating the Tingle Creek winner (Greaneteen) and runner up (Hitman).

He does look to go well when fresh, so that could have contributed to the reason why he beat the two fancied horses in the Haldon Gold Cup who will likely improve over him as the season goes on.

He ran a nice race in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon last time out, only beaten by just over 6 lengths by two decent horses, as well as finishing 2nd in the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton in January, only going just under 2 lengths down to Mister Fisher who looks to be back to his best since a heart operation.

He was a Grade 2 winner over fences in November 2020 at Cheltenham, which is good form in behind, but he looks to save his best runs for the early stages of the season (October and November are the only times he has won in his career).

This is a slight concern, but this small field will suit, and he could land his second graded race of the season, but would have to really step up to beat these two top class chasers.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
07/04/22AIN25GS11-77
17/03/22CHL20.5Sft11-103
12/02/22NBY23.5GS11-61
15/01/22KEM20.5Sft11-62
05/12/21HUN20Gd11-83

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