Saturday 31st October, 3.05pm, Wetherby
One of the feature races taking place tomorrow is the Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase, which is a Grade 2 at Wetherby held over a distance of three miles. Seven runners will go to post in this one and it’s a top class field.
The favourite in the betting right now is Cue Card, who is a 7/2 shot for the Colin Tizzard team and gets the services of Paddy Brennan here.
This horse was once one of the top staying chasers in Britain, but struggled a bit last season and was beaten by double figure lengths in each of his five starts.
That was at a high level, but you have to wonder if this nine-year-old still has the class in races like this and he does look to be a little bit skinny in the betting.
At 4/1 you have Dynaste, who runs for David Pipe and will give Conor O’Farrell an excellent spin in a race like this. He was third behind Many Clouds in the BetBright Cup at Cheltenham and then wasn’t seen until earlier in the month at France.
There’s no doubt he was a little bit disappointing on that day, but the horse would have needed the run and he does have bags of talent. It’s been a little while since this horse was in the winner’s enclosure but he has been behind Silviniaco Conti in Grade Ones in some of his recent runs and is a Cheltenham Festival winner. 4/1 could be a decent price about this nine-year-old.
Many Clouds won the Grand National of course and is a 6/1 shot to make a winning reappearance for Leighton Aspell and Oliver Sherwood.
The eight-year-old has to carry top weight here, but was carrying a big weight in the National and can’t be written off here. This wont be the main aim for the horse and you’d think this will be a prep for the Hennessey Gold Cup next month. We know this horse has class though ands he has to be considered, especially with the ground being soft.
Ten-year-old Menorah is another at 6/1 and we’ll see this horse for the first time since he won at Sandown last time out. He was the winner of this race last season and has to have a big chance in the hands of the excellent Richard Johnson.
It’s also 6/1 about Holywell and Ballynagour. Looking at the former to begin with, he ran well in the Gold Cup to finish third back in March, but does seem to be better in the spring and might just need this race.
Ballynagour has had a run in France and finished fifth, which might’ve been a little bit disappointing. However, he’ll now be fit and is capable of putting in a big run. It is then 14/1 about Sam Winner, who is the outsider but as we know, Paul Nicholls cannot be overlooked in these big races.
In what’s a seriously competitive race, we think the best bet here is DYNASTE.