Saturday 31st October, 2.00pm, Wetherby
The Bet365 West Yorkshire Hurdle takes place at Wetherby tomorrow and this Grade 2, which is held over a distance of three miles, looks to be a cracking race.
The favourite in the betting right now is Rock On Ruby, who can be backed at 3/1 for Harry Fry and Noel Fehily. This ten-year-old looked to be right back to somewhere near his best when stepped up in trip last season and managed to win two races, as well as finish second behind Jezki at Aintree.
There’s every chance that Rock On Ruby will now enjoy the three mile trip and Fry reports that he is in very good form at the moment. He often goes pretty well fresh, but you would have to be a little bit concerned that there’s a less exposed horse in the field.
Grumeti is the 5/1 second favourite and caused a big shock in the Cesarewwitch Handicap at Newmarket last time out to win by a short head for Alan King.
The horse was at 50/1 on that day, but travelled really well and looked to be back to his best.
King now decides to go over hurdles with the seven-year-old and he should get this trip after staying two miles on the Flat. The yard is in good form and this horse is unexposed. 5/1 could prove to be a decent price here.
Acqalim runs for John Ferguson and Brian Hughes and goes for the first time this season. He was a good winner over three miles at Cheltenham in April and then was second behind the very good Polly Peachum over a little shorter at Sandown on the final day of the 2014/15 National Hunt campaign.
There should still be more to come from this five-year-old and the stable are in flying form at the moment. 6/1 is the price about this horse.
You then have Kilcooley at 7/1 for Richard Johnson and Charlie Longsdon. He was well beaten in France last time out and might be a little bit short in the betting right now.
Closing Ceremony can be backed at 8/1 for the in form team of Emma Lavelle and finished last season really strongly with form figures of 1121. If ready to go, this six-year-old does look to be each-way value.
You can then get 12/1 about Splash of Ginge and the same price for The Druids Nephew, who is likely to be using this race as a prep for bigger things – possibly the Hennessey next month. No Planning is at 14/1 and the outsider is 33/1 shot Goldan Jess.
This looks a tricky race and we think Rock On Ruby might be worth taking on with the less exposed GRUMETI, who can land a double over the Flat and Jumps.