Peterborough Chase betting tips: Charbel a strong fancy for Huntingdon feature

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The 2018 Peterborough Chase betting tips given on rate Charbel a strong fancy for victory in the 2m 4f Grade 2 feature race at Huntingdon on Sunday, 9 December. Veteran Tom George trained chaser God’s Own is feared most, despite carrying a penalty for his Haldon Gold Cup success. In a renewal where plenty have each-way claims, Tea For Two is an interesting contender following a wind op. Read all about the race named this year after four-time winner Edredon Bleu in our detailed 2018 Peterborough Chase betting tips preview.Charbel well-fancied for Peterborough ChaseHuntingdon racecourse’s annual feature is the 2m 4f Grade 2 Peterborough Chase, and trainer Kim Bailey has a leading contender on his hands for this year’s renewal on Sunday in Charbel (14:25). The seven-year-old has really shaped as though he has a prize at this level in him this season when stepped up in trip and is definitely a young chaser to follow.

After winning two of his three bumper starts and then finishing a six-length fourth to Bellshill at the 2015 Punchestown Festival, Charbel left Ireland and the care of Thomas Mullins to join his current handler. He then landed his debut for Bailey at Stratford, chased Yanworth home in the Grade 2 Kennel Gate at Ascot and resumed winning ways in the Scottish Supreme Trial at Musselburgh.

This son of Iffraaj by a Sadler’s Wells mare was then far from disgraced when a 12 1/2 lengths fifth to Altior in an ultra-strong renewal of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. That race has thrown up multiple subsequent Grade 1 winners in both jumps disciplines.

Great novice chase form

Connections then plotted a novice chase campaign for 2016-17 with Charbel and he jumped boldly when tackling the larger obstacles on reappearance at Uttoxeter in a beginners’ event. He made all, holding on well in the closing stages to deny Le Prezien by three-quarters of a length and it’s also worth remembering that last year’s Peterborough Chase winner Top Notch was a further length behind in third.

That is also strong form and Charbel went straight back up into Group 1 company off the back of his chase bow. However, he once again bumped into the awesome Altior in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown, but plugged on when headed as a six-length second.

Charbel’s rematch with the Nicky Henderson stable star in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival ended prematurely when he fell two out. He was leading at the time and Altior simply took full advantage. Having come to grief, Charbel was not knocked about next time up in the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree when beaten two out, and in hindsight he might have been turned out too quickly following his tumble.

Last two runs give him major claims

A spin over hurdles on reappearance last season when an 11-length fourth to the ill-fated London Prize in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton looked sure to bring him on. However, Charbel could only finish fourth in the Tingle Creek at Sandown behind Politologue and then came down again in the Queen Mother Champion Chase back in March.

Although then a disappointing third to the re-opposing Hammersly Lake in a Perth handicap on his return to action in September, Charbel then prevailed in a sustained duel at Chepstow with subsequent BetVictor Gold Cup hero Baron Alco to resume winning ways at last. That put him spot on for a crack at the 1965 Chase at Ascot last time out, but Politologue confirmed the Tingle Creek form and just held him half-a-length.

There is a big prize in Charbel and connections could be forgiven for being frustrated. His run when only getting 6lb from a rival rated 9lb superior to him when last in action is solid, especially as the front two pulled 10 lengths clear of the third horse home.

Based on his 1965 Chase display, a mark of 159 is clearly not beyond Charbel and the forecast good-to-soft ground holds no fears. With his trainer in-form and regular rider David Bass in the plate as ever, this looks a great opportunity to gain some compensation and win a graded chase at long last. Charbel thus heads our 2018 Peterborough Chase betting tips.God’s Own feared most despite penaltyA few of the 10-runner field can be considered dangers but, despite his advancing years, God’s Own demonstrated he retains plenty of ability when landing the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter last time out. Tom George’s runner has to carry a 6lb penalty for that victory, but is still feared most on some top-class place form behind Altior.

Now aged 10, God’s Own may have only won five of his 26 chase starts yet that does not tell the whole story. He still managed to finish third to Altior belying double figure odds in both the Queen Mother and Celebration Chase last spring.

God’s Own notably scalped the great but ill-fated Vautour at the 2016 Punchestown Festival and twice placed behind fellow thriving veteran Un De Sceaux at Grade 1 level. Any thoughts he was vulnerable to young, improving types were dispelled on reappearance when giving age all-round and weight to all but one rival to land a second Haldon Gold Cup.

Ozzie The Oscar tried to make all and rallied gamely when headed by God’s Own, but went down half-a-length. It was a superb ride from Paddy Brennan and he again partners his old friend here. While God’s Own isn’t open to further progress, he is maintaining his form and that’s not a box that many in opposition tick here.

Although now stepped up in trip, he has won over this distance before at the Aintree Grand National meeting in 2016. God’s Own was victorious there off 3lb higher than his current mark; so, with George among the winners of late, he can give Charbel the most to think about.Tea For Two one to consider each-wayTea For Two was a six-length second in this race to the re-opposing Josses Hill two years ago, but is now rated a vastly superior horse. That makes the mother-daughter duo of jockey Lizzie Kelly and trainer Jane Williams behind the nine-year-old a solid match bet to reverse the form here and each-way value.

This son of Kayf Tara is a dual Grade 1 winner, having landed the 2015 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton and 2017 Betway Bowl at Aintree. If turning up in similar shape on his return to action following a breathing operation, then Tea For Two has strong claims off a reduced official rating of 160 – which is still the highest in the line-up.

He toiled in some tough races last season, but had every right to be highly tried on the pick of his form. Tea For Two has finished a close up fourth and third in the last two runnings of the King George VI Chase at favourite stomping ground Kempton. A repeat of his three-length third to Might Bite last Christmas here would surely see him hit the frame.

Much depends on the wind op, as Tea For Two has been pulled up on two of his last four starts, finishing seventh in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and sixth when trying to defend his Betway Bowl crown in between. If it does have the desired effect, then he’s a solid each-way bet and thus completes our 2018 Peterborough Chase betting tips.Your Next Bet

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