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Favourites look wrong way round in Charlie Hall Chase

30 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Favourites look wrong way round in Charlie Hall Chase

The jumps season proper gets under way at Wetherby on Saturday and the Channel 4 cameras should witness great racing and cracking bets

Conditions could be fairly testing for the the Charlie Hall Chase – the first big race of the new national hunt season.

That is unlikely to be to the advantage of last year’s winner, Menorah.

He is 6/1 to retain the race but first time out on ground he doesn’t particularly enjoy probably isn’t the time to be backing Phillip Hobbs’ runner.

This race also gives us an opportunity to see Grand National winner Many Clouds.

He will surely be campaigned with the same race in mind again this season and this test is likely to be sharp enough for him on his seasonal debut so at 13/2 he is passed over.

Better chances seem to lie with Cue Card and Dynaste, who dispute favouritism at 3/1 and 10/3 respectively.

Cue Card looked much the better horse when the pair clashed in the Chase two years ago but Dynaste has reversed that form twice since is the higher rated of the pair now.

He is also the only contender here who has a run under his belt, a run over an inadequate trip that suggested he retains all his ability.

Cue Card is also winless since the pair met at Haydock two years ago so Dynaste is a confident selection to take this at 10/3.

Rivals likely to be Tangoed in Mares’ Hurdle

Earlier on in Wetherby’s card is the Mares’ Hurdle and many of these runners will have their eyes on the Mares’ prize at Cheltenham in March.

Ma Filleule is the highest rated of these and is most commonly seen racing against the boys over fences but she finds winning difficult at times and is better on a sounder surface.

She may have to give weight away to most of her rivals but Intense Tango comes here extremely fit having raced over the flat this summer and although she failed to win on the level, she has put in some great performances and has possibly improved again at the age of four.

She is a Grade 2 winner from last season so clearly has the talent to win this listed race and she is probably the most likely horse to run her race here.

Virak to pick up where he left off last season

The 3.25 at Ascot looks an interesting handicap chase to get stuck into – it is just a shame from an each-way perspective that there are only 15 runners.

This race often goes to a pretty well-fancied runner and that could be the case again with Paul Nicholls’ Virak looking likely to go close if fit enough to do himself justice.

He showed himself to be a smart novice last year and was thought good enough to race at Grade 1 level.

He could only finish a well beaten third against subsequent Gold Cup winner Coneygree on that occasion but even after being beaten he still regained the winning thread on his final run of the season.

That final run was his first handicap over fences and he won easily by six lengths.

He has been raised 10lbs by the handicapper but still could be anything and is likely to feature in some top handicaps as the season progresses.

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