The fourth qualifying race for the Millionaire Chase runs this weekend and we’ve gathered our crack team of pundits together once again to give you the best chance of landing a winner.
We’ve already got three pleased punters confirmed in our £1m sweepstake for the Millionaire’s Chase at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and there’s three remaining spots up for grabs. The fourth qualifying race sets off at 14:25 at Sandown on Saturday 5th of December.
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So, without further ado, here’s out top pundit’s tips for the 14:25 at Sandown on Saturday 5th of December 2020. And remember, if you want to be in with a chance of winning the £1m, make sure you OPT IN before placing any bets on this race.
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Frank Hickey: Greaneteen
I’m on a hat-trick for the Millionaire Chase qualifier races, and I’m going to go against Altior with GREANETEEN.
Politologue won this race in 2017 – interestingly enough, he won the Haldon Gold Cup on his run prior to winning the Tingle Creek. He won that Haldon Gold Cup off a mark of 154. Now Greaneteen won the Haldon Gold Cup last month off a mark of 151, and he has now gone up to a mark of 158. That means he does need to improve about 10lbs but I think there is a chance he could improve a bit.
Paddy Power: Altior
It’s ALTIOR all the way for me. Last year, after getting beaten by Cyrname, you thought maybe that could be the end of Altior but its quite clear that that was too early in the season for the two of them to take each other on. Altior then missed Cheltenham, but apart from that he is different gravy. He’s getting on, but he’s one of the best we’ve ever seen so I think he will win here.”
Matt Chapman: Rouge Vif
Another huge race here with the Grade 1 Tingle Creek over nearly 2m. I expect Altior to win if he is anywhere near his best. That said, I’ll tip ROUGE VIF to bang out and make all the running. Yes, of course Altior is the best horse in here and he’ll probably score. But he’s back after a break and Rouge Vif was super impressive at Cheltenham last time. If there is a young pretender he might be it and I just hope Gavin Sheehan is aggressive from the front on the Harry Whittington runner.
An outstanding renewal that can see the mighty ALTIOR make it 16 wins from 17 starts over fences. He’s 5-5 over C&D and should be raring to go after a recent racecourse gallop at Newbury. Paul Nicholls, seeking a stunning eleventh win in the first 2m Grade 1 of the season, has a very strong hand with the improving Greaneteen and 2017-winner Politologue.
Mick Fitzgerald: Altior
Lots of people are saying that as a 10-year-old Altior is beatable, but he has not been beaten many times in his career and only once over fences so he still sets a very good standard. He is a lot fitter than he was for his first run of the season last year and I think he will win.
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