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2020 Peterborough Chase Tips - 11/2 shot the one to back in wide-open Cheltenham contest
- We take a look through the field set to run in the 2020 Peterborough Chase
- This rescheduled Grade Two will take place at Cheltenham on Friday 11th December
- Top Notch will attempt to defend his title
- Fanion Destruval, Mister Fisher and Clondaw Castle also sit prominently in the betting
Kalashnikov (right) goes down to Oldgrangewood (left) at Newbury last season. (Getty)
We take a look through the odds for this important Grade Two and provide readers with our 2020 Peterborough Chase tips.
After Huntingdon's meeting last Sunday was canceled due to a waterlogged track, Cheltenham has opened up a slot during day one of their International Meeting to host the 2020 Peterborough Chase. Many excellent horses have triumphed in this two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two, including Best Mate, Wayward Lad, One Man and Edredon Bleu, who won the Peterborough Chase four times between 1998 and 2001.
A strong field of eight has been confirmed for Friday's renewal, so let's take a look through the current Peterborough Chase odds before picking out our best bet.
2020 Peterborough Chase Odds
*Odds taken from William Hill on 9/12/20*
2020 Peterborough Chase Tips
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Top Notch has won two of the last three renewals of this Grade Two, having held off Kauto Rico to regain his crown 12 months ago. Nicky Henderson's nine-year-old boasts a strong record below Grade One level, and has undergone a wind-op prior to his reappearance.
The defending champion will have to carry a six-pound penalty on Friday, meaning he gives weight to several dangerous rivals. Plus, the form of last year's race doesn't look particularly strong. Neither Top Notch nor Kauto Rico advertised the form in the Silviniaco Conti Chase next time out. Top Notch is also winless in five visits to Cheltenham, so the switching of the venue may not be to his advantage.
Nico De Boinville rides Mister Fisher, who hated the ground on his reappearance in the BetVictor Gold Cup. There's more to come from this talented chaser, but with plenty of rain in the air on Thursday night and Friday morning, I fear the ground will go against him again.
Fanion D'Estruval ran well on his Cheltenham debut, with a slight mistake at the last stopping him really challenging Magic Saint down the home straight. Venetia Williams' chaser looked a little out of his depth on his only previous start outside handicap company at Kempton last Christmas, and five-year-olds have a terrible record in this Grade Two.
Clondaw Castle is another who's yet to prove himself at Graded level. Dolos has done his best work over two miles, and has never produced his best around Cheltenham. Bun Doran loves the course, but the trip is a complete unknown, and Glen Forsa's form has been terrible since unseating his rider in the 2019 Arkle.
The only runner left for me to select is KALASHNIKOV, who was last seen running in the Grade Three stayers handicap hurdle on Betfair Chase day. Amy Murphy's charge ran OK under top-weight that day, but found the long run at Haydock in over three miles a little too much to handle.
A Grade One winner at Aintree as a novice chaser, Kalashnikov finished second in the Old Roan last season, and was only beaten a nose under top-weight in a big handicap at Newbury during their Ladbrokes Trophy meeting. Despite being backed into favouritism, Jack Quinlan's mount was never travelling here on New Years Day, and really struggled back down over two miles in the Game Spirit Chase on his final outing last season.
Two-and-a-half miles over fences on soft ground is ideal for Murphy's seven-year-old. His last two visits to Cheltenham may have been unhappy ones, but Kalashnikov was good enough to finish second in a Supreme Novices' Hurdle here in 2018.