Denman Chase Tips: Royale Pagaille to enhance Gold Cup claims with Newbury win

Royal Pagaille Haydock

A field of five are set to go to post for the Grade 2 Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday afternoon, and there could be some notable Cheltenham Festival clues on offer. Our man Steve Chambers previews the 2m 7f 86y contest here and gives his best bet for the race...

With a staggering ten wins in this contest, Paul Nicholls will bid for an unprecedented 11th success this weekend, and the master of Ditcheat will saddle the current warm favourite Clan Des Obeaux, who was victorious in this race back in 2019, and is duly bidding to land another notable Graded success. The ten-year-old has been a real model of consistency at the highest level over the last few years, and with Nicholls not giving him an entry for next month's Cheltenham Gold Cup then the veteran will be readily tuned up for this event.

Last seen finishing a distant nine-length second in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, Clan Des Obeaux will look to kick on from that effort, but he was beaten in this event last season by stablemate Secret Investor, and it could be the case that he's not the force of old. Most of the leading principals in the King George failed to fire, and while he ran a solid race, he has often come unstuck when taking on the best away from Kempton, so he could be worth taking on at skinny odds.

The Nicholls yard have been struggling of late and will be hoping to recapture some form at the weekend with Brown Advisory hope Bravemansgame also lining up on the card, but Clan Des Obeaux maybe a vulnerable favourite in this event, and he could have to settle for the minor honours once again.

Get Up To £100 In Free Bets

#AD New customer offer. Place 5 x £10 or more bets to receive £20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.

Cheltenham Festival 2022

The Cheltenham Gold Cup picture is extremely fuzzy at the moment with some of the leading contenders fluffing their lines, so there's a space for a springer in the betting to show their hand and that could well be ROYALE PAGAILLE, who is second favourite for the Denman Chase this weekend. Last seen carrying top weight to victory in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock Park, the Venetia Williams-trained raider was instantly cut to a 22/1 shot for the Gold Cup in March, and if he can claim victory here then his price will only shorten.

Still only eight, the Blue Bresil gelding is very lightly-raced and has shown to be a real class act on his day, and he could arguably have more improvement to come. A disappointing sixth in the Gold Cup last season, he showed at Haydock that the fire still burns bright, and if he can bring his A game at the weekend then he can bound to victory. One slight concern is the trip, as staying certainly seems to be his forte and with this race just shy of three miles then he may get tapped for toe as they turn for home, but hopefully his stamina and class can bring him through.

Bet £20 & Get It Back As CASH If It Loses

#AD New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Horse Racing market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.

A former Cheltenham Festival winner, Kim Bailey's Imperial Aura has struggled at times to kick on from that success in the now discontinued novices' handicap chase, but if he can show the form that saw him land the 1965 Chase at Ascot back in 2020 then he has to be a real player. A faller in the Betfair Chase at Haydock during his comeback run, he was then unable to land a blow when pulling up in the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree. Eased to 66/1 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting, Bailey's charge will need to unearth some of his old performances to play a part, and against two relatively consistent performers in Clan Des Obeaux and Royale Pagaille then he may struggle.

Currently a 33/1 shot for the Ryanair Chase, Colin Tizzard's Eldorado Allen steps up beyond two-and-a-half miles for the first time in the Denman Chase, and it will be fascinating to see how the grey performs. A winner of the Haldon Gold Cup at the start of the season, he was last seen finishing second to Mister Fisher in the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton. A three-times winner over fences, Tizzard's charge has shaped like the step up in distance shouldn't be a problem, but he may just lack that class element of the more fancied runners and he can come up short.

Completing the quintet is former Ladbrokes Trophy winner De Rasher Counter, who hasn't been seen on a racecourse since October 2020, when he was beaten over hurdles at Newton Abbot, and Emma Lavelle's raider is going to face huge task to try and down some race-fit rivals, and it's unlikely he can play any sort of starring role at the weekend.

2022 Denman Chase
Royale Pagaille silk

Royale Pagaille

Cheltenham Gold Cup Runners
Advert Disclaimer is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.

Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets

#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake,  min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after  settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after  the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
Welcome Offer
#AD Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Bet £20 & Get It Back As CASH If It Loses
#AD New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Horse Racing market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £60 in Bonuses
#AD New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Money Back As Cash Up To £20
#AD Max £20 refund on first bet. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Only deposits made via Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+
Deposit £10 Get £30 Free Bets (APP Only)
#AD New UK, IE & Malta users only. Min. £10/€10 first deposit only using Debit Card or Trustly. Free bets expire in 90 days. T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £20 In Free Bets
#AD Min stake £10. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). First bet only. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. Online UK customers only. 30 days to qualify for £20 in Free Bets. 18+. T&Cs apply
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus
#AD Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days • Wagering req. vary by game • Withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply. 18+
Get £36 In Free Bets
#AD Offer includes a free £1 Race Index spread bet to try out our exciting 50-25-10 race markets. Bet with live streaming on all racing and greyhounds! Place a qualifying £25 fixed odds bet at odds of 1/2 or greater. Qualifying bet cannot be placed in-play or cashed out early. A first free £5 fixed odds bet will be credited upon settlement of the qualifying bet. 4 x following £5 free fixed odds bets will be added to your account on consecutive days. 18+. T&Cs apply
£25 Free Bet + 10 Free Spins
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £25 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free Spins on Asgard Warriors. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only |
Latest racing results
1stPirate Jenny
2ndBeautiful Sunshine
1stBilly McGarry
2ndBy Pass
3rdHenery Hawk
2ndOlympic Honour
3rdJeu De Mots
View All Today's Results