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Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase

The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase is the sixth race that takes place at Kempton Park Racecourse for The May Bank Holiday Raceday every year.

The May Bank Holiday Raceday is a thrilling day of jump racing that takes place on bank holiday Monday every May, offering a spectacular seven-race card including races such as The Class 4 National Hunt Novices Hurdle and this race, The Class 2 Handicap Chase.

Kempton Park Racecourse, located just outside of Greater London in Surrey, is a fantastic horse racing venue that annually features events such as September Stakes Day, Jump Sunday, and The Christmas Festival, which includes The King George VI Chase.

The May Bank Holiday Raceday 2021 will take place on Monday the 3rd of May this Spring. For all of The May Bank Holiday Raceday’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.

About The Race

The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase is a Class 2 National Hunt handicap steeplechase that serves as the penultimate race of The May Bank Holiday Raceday at Kempton Park Racecourse every May.

Open to horses aged five years old and above, The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase runs 2 miles and 2 furlongs of Kempton Park Racecourse and features a number of fences for the elite competitors to negotiate.

The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase offers the biggest prize pool of the day with £23,000 to be shared between the first four finishers. Here’s how the purse was split last time out:

1st place – 11/1 Dolos (FR) – £14,389

2nd place – 9/2 Solar Impulse (FR) – £4,250

3rd place – 7/1 Dandridge (GB) – £2,125

4th place – 7/2 Adrrastos (IRE) – £1,063

The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase will commence at 16:40 on Monday the 3rd of May 2021.

Runners

The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase involves the biggest prize pool of The May Bank Holiday Raceday, so as you’d expect, it’s the best runners that are the fastest at competing over this race’s distance that take part in this exciting race.

Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Kempton Park’s May Bank Holiday Raceday at Kempton Park Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):

  1. Dolos (FR) – first-place finish – 11/10 starting price – weighing in at 11-12 – ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls
  2. Adrrastos (IRE) – fourth-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-5 – ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Jamie Snowden
  3. Solar Impulse (FR) – second-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Dave Crosse and trained by Ian Williams
  4. Dandridge (GB) – third-place finish – 7/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Sean Bowen and trained by Charlie Longsdon
  5. Cut The Corner (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 12/1 starting price – weighing in at 10-0 – ridden by jockey Lee Edwards and trained by Alastair Ralph

Tips

The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase is a fantastic way to wager on some excellent National Hunt horse racing. In reality, every race held at the world-renowned Kempton Park Racecourse is always worthwhile to get involved with.

Check out our meticulously studied betting tips if you need a second opinion on your bet slip decisions to ensure your choices give you the greatest chance of profiting from the races at any of Kempton Park’s excellent meetings and racedays.

Odds

Odds for the high-quality races hosted by Kempton Park Racecourse are always generous, so make sure you don’t miss out each time their gates swing open throughout the year.

For The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase last time out, odds ranged from 11/10 for the race favourite Dolos up to 12/1 for the longest outsider Cut The Corner.

It was in fact 11/10 priced race favourite Dolos that finished first in this edition of the race, turning £50 outright betting tips into £105 in returns, £55 in profits.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase at The May Bank Holiday Raceday, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

(2020 edition abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)

2019

It was 11/10 priced race favourite Dolos that finished first in The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse in 2019, ridden by jockey Harry Cobden and trained by Paul Nicholls.

9/2 priced third-favourite Solar Impulse finished two lengths behind Dolos in second place, followed by 7/1 priced Dandridge in third place and 7/2 priced second-favourite Adrrastos in fourth.

This most recent edition of The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase was contested by five runners and completed successfully by all.

2018

7/2 priced second-favourite Imperial Presence won The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase at The May Bank Holiday Raceday in 2018, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs.

5/1 joint third-favourite Ashoka finished seven lengths behind Imperial Presence in second place, followed by equally priced Vaniteux in third place and 25/1 priced Eastlake in fourth.

This edition of The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase was contested by eight runners and successfully completed by just five.

2017

At The May Bank Holiday Raceday back in 2017, the winner of The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase was 5/2 second-favourite A Little Magic, ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman and trained by Jonjo O’Neill.

5/1 third-favourite Artifice Sivola finished four and a half lengths behind A Little Magic in second place, followed by 6/1 priced Dunraven Storm in third place and 6/4 race favourite Meldrum Lad in fourth.

The 2017 edition of The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase was contested by five runners and completed by four.

2016

Back at Kempton Park for The May Bank Holiday Raceday in 2016, The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase winner was 4/1 joint-favourite Dunraven Storm, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs.

11/2 priced Turn Over Sivola finished five lengths behind Dunraven Storm in second place, followed by 25/1 priced outsider Un Beau Roman in third place and 11/2 priced Parsnip Pete in fourth.

This edition of The Matchbook VIP Handicap Chase consisted of nine runners and was completed by all.

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