Betdaq Handicap Chase Preview: Consistent Master Dee Value At 9/1

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Betdaq Handicap Chase Preview
February 24,2018

First run in 1949, Kempton’s feature handicap on Saturday was sponsored by the Racing Post between 1988 and 2011 since when the three mile contest has been backed by a number of companies, the latest being the betting exchange Betdaq. Often seen as a trial for the Grand National, both Rhyme ‘n’ Reason ( 1988 ) and Rough Quest ( 1996 ) completed the double in the same year, a feat which the Nicky Henderson-trained Gold Present will attempt to emulate during the present campaign.

Currently disputing favouritism at 9-2 ( Betvictor and Betstars ) with Acting Lass for Saturday’s race the eight-year-old is unbeaten in both starts this season but is now 13lb higher than when recording a narrow victory over Warriors Tale on his reappearance at Newbury last December. With Gold Present’s market rival far from certain to line up in the race worth £56,950 to the winner, the improving gelding also holding an entry in the Pendil Novices’ Chase on the same card, it could be left to the Fergal O’Brien inmate Master Dee to prevent the top weight landing the hat-trick.

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The nine-year-old son of King’s Theatre has competed twenty two times during his career. Two point to points, two bumpers, seven hurdle races and eleven chases and has yet to finish out of the first three, coming home in first place on six occasions. Available at 9-1 with William Hill, the gelding is patently the model of consistency and can gain his just rewards by taking Saturday’s big handicap.

Since joining O’Brien from Donald McCain in June 2016 Master Dee has won races at Newton Abbot, Ludlow and Ascot but his most impressive effort came in defeat on his most recent start at Aintree in November when looking all over the winner jumping the last. Eventually going down by three lengths to On Tour it was still a cracking effort by the mount of Jonathan Burke considering the ground would have been much softer than ideal and with the going drying out all of the time at Kempton Master Dee should relish the likely conditions.

Of those towards the foot of the handicap the Nigel Twiston-Davies- trained Ballykan looks best off just 10st 4lb and should outrun his odds of 16-1 with Paddy Power.

Master Dee - 9/1 William Hill

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