A guide to the bookmakers offering additional each way places at sport's biggest events.
The Topham Handicap Chase, previously known as the Peter Hughes Chase, is always the feature race on the Friday of the Grand National Festival. This Grade 3 Handicap Chase over 1 circuit of the Grand National course is always popular with owners and punters alike. With fields of up to 30 runners in recent years, online bookmakers are always happy to give punters real value in this race, especially as it's one of the handicap highlights of the Grand National Festival, so expect 5 places or potentially even 6 places each way on the Topham Chase. Of course, offering 5 places each way or sometimes even 6 places each way is an excellent way to offer maximum profit opportunity for punters and is a promotion which will drive 2017 Grand National Festival new customer registrations for savvy online bookmakers.
In recent years the Topham Handicap Chase has been famous for Peter Bowen-trained Always Waining. 2010 saw the horse carrying bottom weight win under Bryan Hughes, before pulling off 3 sensational consecutive wins under Tom O'Brien in 2011 and 2012. Talk about a true Grand National course specialist, as over the 2010 to 2013 period prior to his retirement the horse never won any other race. Since that period of domination, trainer Nicky Henderson has stepped up to the plate winning with Triolo D'Alene (2013 14/1), Ma Filleule (2014, 9/1) and Rajdhani Express (2015, 10/1). Barry Geraghty was lucky enough to part 2 of Henderson's 3 wins and he added to that tally in 2016 riding J.P. McManus owned Eastlake to glory at 22/1.
With anything up to 30 runners across recent renewals, online bookmakers pay out the standard 4 places each way at 1/4 odds for this handicap chase. However with the Topham Chase being one of the highlights of the Grand National Festival, a growing number of bookmakers over recent seasons have promoted an additional place or two, with 5 or even 6 places possible for the 2017 running. Remember online bookmakers have a new customer war-chest for the Grand National Festival, so offering additional each way places attracts new customers who spot the value to be had. Naturally 6 places covers circa 20% of the field - a situation which can only drive the chances of profit.
We track the value dished out by online bookmakers across the major National Hunt races. Extended each way terms gives punters a huge boost in terms of profit potential and is the perfect promotion for those who love to back big priced long-shots. With some High Street bookmakers still categorically giving their customers the standard each way terms, savvy online punters have been using online bookmakers who have been offering far better value to their customers now for years.
The 2016 renewal of the Topham Handicap Chase saw 29 starters go to post and some extended each way place offers were available:
2016 Each Way Terms Offered:
Here's a breakdown of the horses and their prices that have been paid out on over and above the standard 4 places each way in the Topham Chase from 2016 onwards:
Topham Handicap Chase Recent Results