Racing News Blog

03/11

So we had a cracking trade last weekend on Foxtail Hill, it was a great ride from Sam Twiston – Davies and he stayed the trip really well. Watch out for him going up in trip he should go just as well.

This week we turn our attention to the big race at Wetherby. This a very different track to Cheltenham. Wetherby is a quick track and can favour a runner that is run prominently.

bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2) (Class 1) (5YO plus)    3M 45Y

Market favourite Coneygree has won 5 of his 7 over the bigger obstacles, he is likely to head the early pace in this race. He has been lightly raced since his great Gold Cup front running win as a novice back in 2015 due to injury. He was last seen at Punchestown where he ran a great race from the front and was only beaten late on at the run in by this years Gold cup winner Sizing John and Djakadam. He finished runner up to Cue Card the race before in the Betfair chase last November and he could possibly reverse the form here receiving 6lb in weight.

Nico de Boinville celebrates winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on board Coneygree

Cue card has been a fantastic chaser winning 12 from his 30 runs and placed in 6 including in this race last year finishing 3rd. He prefers a track like this and should go well with the vibes coming out of the yard that he is in fine shape for another season with the big guns.

Paddy Brennan on board Cue Card

Bristol de mai is a nice chaser and likely to be up with the early pace but he has failed to notch a win against top level quality so far and this could be too much on seasonal reappearance especially at the weight.

Villiage Vic had a terrible start to his season falling at Chepstow. He ideally needs the run of the race which he is unlikely to get here and against the class in this field can only hope for a place at best.

 Definitly Red could be one to turn to if the big two don’t produce the goods. He has done well on seasonal first runs and won over C&D last December beating Blacklion to reverse the form from Blacklion’s win at the same C&D the February before.

Vieux Lion Rouge  last win came beating Blacklion at Haydock in February and was last seen finishing 6th in the Grand National which is his likely path again this season.

In short it is great to see some big guns out in force this weekend but I can’t see past the front two in this market as long as they are fit and ready to go and if there is an upset it could possibly come from Definitly Red. From a trading perspective a straight forward Back to lay in running on Coneygree is the best move and could be tough to pass. I will always have one eye on Cuecard if travelling well should make a move to take on the front runners in the latter stages of the race.

Two I have mentioned in the blog for the festival Antepost  have their seasonal first runs this weekend. Our Duke ( Now 8/1 to win the Gold cup at the festival) is up first at Down Royal on Saturday 14:30 and Willoughby Court ( currently 16/1 to win the RSA Chase at the festival ) runs at Huntingdon on Sunday 14:50 with the latter making chase debut these odds should shorten if they run good races.