Eider Chase Odds
The Eider Chase is a controversial race that has brought about some negativity in the last few years due to the stamina-sapping nature of the four-mile trip run at Newcastle. The 2011 race was run in extremely heavy ground, with only three horses completing the marathon.
Despite the controversy surrounding the race, the four mile chase extravaganza is one of Newcastle's busiest race days and always produces exciting finishes and a bumper crowd. It is regarded as one of the key trials for the Grand National at Aintree and produced the winner of the Liverpool spectacular when Comply Or Die won both races in 2008.
In terms of recent trends and statistics for the race, keeping stamina ridden horses on-side looks absolutely crucial.
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Newcastle is one of the most testing tracks, stamina wise, at the best of times but over the four mile trip in soft ground, it is certainly in a league of its own.
Along with stamina, following certain trainers is also key to success. Ferdy Murphy is a trainer that always produces tough horses that relish soft ground and testing conditions and its not a shock to see he has a great record in the Eider Chase.
He trained the winner in 2001, Narrow Water, and has seen 5 of his 10 runners make the frame in past 10 renewals.
Nick Williams is very underrated by all bookmakers at the top-level and he has sent out the winner of this race in 2006 in the shape of Philson Run, one of only two runners he's ever run in the race. In terms of the market, following the first few horses in the betting has been pretty profitable with eight of the last 10 winners being in the first six in the betting.
But only one favourite has triumphed in the last 11 runnings.