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2021 Ascot Chase Tips - Nicholls' second-string the one to side with
- We take a look through the field set to contest the 2021 Ascot Chase
- This Grade One headlines Ascot's card on Saturday 20th February
- Cyrname is the odds-on favourite to win his second Ascot Chase
- Master Tommytucker is our best bet at 10/3
Master Tommytucker winning the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton Park. (Getty)
The main event at Ascot on Saturday is the Ascot Chase. This Grade One has been won by many of the sport's best chasers, with great names One Man, Kauto Star and Cue Card shining on the honours boards at Ascot.
Five talented chasers will approach the starter's flag ahead of Saturday's renewal. We've taken a look through the latest odds and picked out our best betting tips.
2021 Ascot Chase Odds
|Riders Onthe Storm||18/1|
*Odds taken from Betfair on 18/2/21*
2021 Ascot Chase Tips
Master Tommytucker2021 Ascot Chase TipsGET 10/3 HERE
18+ only. Ts and Cs apply.
Just when I thought Cyrname had turned a corner with that superb performance in the Charlie Hall Chase, Harry Cobden's mount takes two steps back at Kempton.
Having refused to jump off handily, Cyrname didn't enjoy being boxed in on the rail early on. Cobden then had to drag his mount right onto the outside shoulder of the field to get a good look at his fences, but when he was asked for a serious effort, Cyrname found absolutely nothing.
For a horse capable of simply sublime performances, Paul Nicholls' nine-year-old is extremely temperamental. Cheek-pieces have been fitted to the favourite for the first time, but it's impossible to say whether they will have a positive or a negative effect, and it's hard to get Cyrname's performance in this race last season - where he fell heavily at the last when beaten - out of my mind. I can't back Cyrname at 8/11 in the final Grade One before the Cheltenham Festival.
Last year's winner, Riders Onthe Storm has been in dismal form since then, and a return to top form seems highly unlikely. Dashel Drasher and Bennys King fought out the finish in the bet365 Handicap Chase over course-and-distance last month, but both are high-quality handicappers at best.
The one I'm left with is MASTER TOMMYTUCKER, who travels to Ascot in the form of his life. Having entered the season with more falls to his name than completed errors, Paul Nicholls' ten-year-old has completed all five of his races this season, winning at Huntingdon and Haydock.
Master Tommytucker then made the most of Imperial Aura's fall to win the Silviniaco Conti Chase, where he could afford to make a meal of the final flight and still win by 12-lengths.
Daryl Jacob's mount has 13 pounds to find on Cyrname and usually throws in a howler or two during his races. Yet, I still find Master Tommytucker a more appealing betting proposition than the market leader, so I'll take a punt on the second-favourite at 10/3.