Prestbury Park enigma Singlefarmpayment has been well supported in the CF Roberts Handicap Chase betting markets this week, making him close to favourite for Cheltenham's feature on Friday.
His faithful fans have backed the Tom George-trained eight-year-old into a general 6/1 chance. He should come with an obligatory government health warning though, as he regularly coasts into contention at Cheltenham, trades at odds-on in-running, but somehow repeatedly ends up being the bridesmaid.
Punters however can take comfort in the fact that he did win at this corresponding fixture in December 2016, but there's a reason he's not at the head of the CF Roberts Handicap Chase betting.
CF Roberts Handicap Chase Betting Details
Run over 3m2f, the CF Roberts 25 Years of Sponsorship Handicap Chase - to give it its full title - is set to be run for the 49th time at Cheltenham this Friday.
The £60,000 betting heat boasts an impressive roll of honour with alumni such as Rubstic (1975) and Mon Mome (2008), who both went on to win the Grand National, while The Dikler (1970) went on to success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Gold Cup-winning trainer Colin Tizzard has won the last two renewals, though the Somerset operation doesn't actually have a runner for CF Roberts's big sponsorship anniversary.
CF Roberts Handicap Chase Trends
- Age: Tamarind won this Cheltenham chase as a five-year-old in 1998, making him the youngest winner. Aachen (2015), and Bucko (1988), are the oldest winners at the age of 11.
- Starting Price: The favourite in the CF Roberts Handicap Chase betting has obliged on 21 occasions (44.68% strike rate), with the most recent scorer being Midnight Chase at 11/4 in 2010. Benbane Head is the longest-priced winner at 16/1 in 2014, while Kingscliff at 4/7 in 2003 is the shortest-priced winner.
- Multiple winners: Yorkshire Gale won the handicap chase three times (1995, 1996, 1997) and is the only multiple winner.
- Trainer form: Of the current trainers, David Pipe, Nicky Henderson and Venetia Williams are all tied on three successes, while Colin Tizzard has been responsible for the last two of them.
CF Roberts Handicap Chase Best Bet
The Shareef might not like it but Rock The Kasbah (6/1 Coral) is an outstanding bet to take the spoils on Friday afternoon at Cheltenham.
Successful last time out in a 3m3.5f handicap chase at the Cotswolds course, the eight-year-old is looking every inch a staying chaser, and possible a Grand National candidate in due course.
Fifth-placed Calett Mad has franked the form since with a narrow defeat in the Borders National at Kelso, so the strength and depth of that result looks very good indeed.
Trainer Philip Hobbs bypassed two engagements for Rock The Kasbah at the Becher Chase meeting last weekend, so it must augur well that this is the race he wants the Diana Whateley-owned star to run in next.
CF Roberts Handicap Chase Each-Way
Another interesting contender is the Alan King-trained Kerrow. He was no match for Tiger Roll at the Cheltenham Festival back in March, but he looked like the absolute, sure-fire winner at Bangor on his seasonal return, before unfortunately tipping up at the last with the race at his mercy.
Owner Trevor Hemmings’ famous green and yellow quartered silks have been popping in here, there and everywhere in recent weeks - and we all know Trevor loves a big-race winner.