Charlie Hall Chase preview
The Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase 3m 45yds (Grade 2) – Wetherby 31st October 2015The Grade 2 chase has an illustrious list of previous winners and is the first major 3 mile chase of the National Hunt season. Wayward Lad, Burrough Hill Lad, Barton Bank, One Man, See More Business the recently departed Ollie Magern among those to have graced the winners enclosure in the past 30 years. Readers may also wish to view Charlie Hall memories of my youth
At this stage this is shaping to be an above average renewal with the softening ground hopefully encouraging connections of the majority of the 11 final entries to take their chance.
Cue Card 9 – Colin Tizzard – Paddy Brennan 7/2
Betfair Chase winner in 2013 he looked sure to follow up in the King George a few weeks later before stopping as if shot over the last 2 fences. Subsequent back problems are a more likely explanation than lack of stamina but a second at Aintree is the closest he’s come to winning in 5 attempts since. The trainer has started the season in good form and there appears to be some confidence that it will be the old Cue Card we see this season.
Dynaste -9 David Pipe – 7/2
Ryanair winner in 2014 and second in the 2014 King George Dynaste has been seen only twice since, most recently in France 3 weeks ago when Tom Scudamore said he ran better than his 9th place suggested in a race not run to suit. He should strip fitter but wouldn’t want the ground to get much worse than good.
Ballynagour – 9 – David Pipe 5/1
Impressive Cheltenham festival winner in 2014 and has threatened to break into the top league at 2 subsequent Aintree Festivals. Fell at Punchestown in April and won and placed 5th at Auteuil this summer this might be his best chance of a Grade 2 win.
Many Clouds – 8 Oliver Sherwood 6/1
Hennessy and Grand National winner in 2014/15 his reputation couldnt be higher. In between those major successes you need to draw a line through his flop in the Gold Cup in March. He wasnt the only runner to get blown away by Coneygree that day. Has to bury the “National winners never win again” millstone but his age suggests he will do that at some point this season.
Menorah 10 – Philip Hobbs –
Last years winner also ended last season by winning at Sandown having been disappointing at Aintree earlier in the month. Another who wouldnt want much more rain to fall but on the plus side won first time out last season.
Holywell 8 – Jonjo O’Neill – 7/1
4th in the Gold Cup and then 3rd at Aintree he has always been regraded as a Spring horse. Still scope to improve at 8 years old but sure to come on for the race.
Irish Cavalier 6 Rebecca Curtis – 8/1 Non Runner
Only 6 he is on a seriously upward curve at present having won well at the Cheltenaham Festival and finished second at the Punchestown festival. One a decent Newton Abbot chase in very good style 3 weeks ago leading to talk of him being a Gold Cup and major handicap contender for the season. Should run a big race here.
Sam Winner 8 – Paul Nicholls – ?? 12/1
Had looked a gutsy staying chase before appearing to be rushed off his feet in this year’s Gold Cup. Subsequently pulled up again in the Scottish National (for the second year running) his subsequent break needs to have freshened him up mentally and physically.
Rocky Creek 9 – Paul Nicholls 12/1 Non Runner
17th in the National when well fancied and pulled up in the Bet365 at Sandown he has something to prove on his seasonal debut but hes a horse the trainer holds in high regard.
The Romford Pele 8 – Rebecca Curtis – 25/1 Non Runner
Returned from 12 month absence when 7th of 13 at Chepstow 3 weeks ago. Trainer reported as saying hes likely to run elsewhere and though useful doesnt look up to mixing it with some of these.
Alderbrook Lad 9 – Micky Hammond – 50/1 Non Runner
Been leading them a merry dance with 2 wins at Cartmel this summer but has a lot to find to make the first 3 here.