David Bridgwater’s stable star The Giant Bolster could start off his season in the £100,000 Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase over three miles and a furlong, the highlight of Wetherby’s two-day bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting on Saturday.
After a few lacklustre efforts last term, David Bridgwater’s top chaser improved for the application of a hood and a visor when winning the Grade Two Argento Chase by seven lengths at Cheltenham in January.
The nine-year-old, one of Britain’s best chasers, returned to Cheltenham for the Festival in March and continued his excellent record in the Gold Cup when just beaten three quarters of a length into third by Lord Windermere, despite being hampered twice in the closing stages. He finished fourth to Bobs Worth in the 2013 Gold Cup and second to Synchronised the year before.
Gloucestershire-based Bridgwater reported: “The Giant Bolster could go for the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase.”
“Everything has gone really well since he has come back in. If he is ready and we are happy, then he will start at Wetherby.”
“He has been a wonderful horse and would be for any trainer or owner, let alone a small yard like ours. It’s great.”
“We will continue with the hood and visor this season or certainly something similar.”
The bet365 Charlie Hall Chase is the first major target for the top staying chasers. It boasts a top-class roll of honour featuring Wayward Lad (1983 & 1985), One Man (1996 & 1997), See More Business (1999 & 2000) and more recently, Silviniaco Conti (2012).
I hope you all got stuck into my three point bet Stars Over The Sea at Kempton last weekend, the David Pipe 3yo cruised to victory with his trainer quoting ”He is a very nice horse and we will get him out again in a few week’s time.”
William Hill offered 33/1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, a race which I have been very lucky with over the years in anti-post punting, so with that in mind I had a pony E/W at double carpet with William Hill.
Uxizandre was strongly fancied for his seasonal outing at Aintree on Saturday and traveled better than any horse for a long way but just blew up close home to finish his race in fourth, this would have put him spot on for the Paddy Power at Cheltenham next month.
Nicky Richards Chidswell (six point bet for us) looks a horse to follow this winter over hurdles judged on his winning debut over jumps at Ayr on Monday after being well backed in the morning (8/11 from 5/4) with the high street bookmakers only to return a big SP of 11/10.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Telescope at 4/1 with Ladbrokes is worth a wager in the Breeders Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Back next Thursday.
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