A huge weekend is on the horizon with Jumps Racing at Wetherby featuring the Charlie Hall Chase on Saturday followed by an evening of Breeders Cup Racing from the USA. The Breeders Cup sees itself as the World Series of Flat Racing and it should be the usual exciting night.
The Charlie Hall at Wetherby on Saturday is the first serious Chase of the season and King George and Gold Cup Winner Long Run makes his reappearance and is currently a best priced 5/4 to make it a winning one. That looks terrible value to me because he is a difficult horse to get fit and may well need this and on top of that this is a very strong renewal. First Lieutenant comes over the water and is a tempting 9/2 whilst Paul Nicholls runs the exciting Unioniste reiterating that Long Run has a real fight on his hands.
Kim Bailey is likely to run exciting second season chaser Harry Topper who lost his way last year but remains a horse of huge potential though I’m not sure this is the right race for him as they won’t hang about and that will put pressure on his jumping.
If you don’t have a bet in the race be sure to watch it because it will form the first piece of the jigsaw which will be completed in March at the festival when we crown the Gold Cup winner.
It’s not just the Charlie Hall for us at Wetherby we also have the West Yorkshire Hurdle featuring the return of At Fishers Cross who looks a far better banker bet than Long Run at a tempting 10/11 with sponsors Bet365. All ground and trips came alike to this horse last year and at the festivals at Cheltenham and Aintree he was massively impressive. He should take this comfortably before going on to much bigger and better things.
As Wetherby finishes on Saturday afternoon I shall make my way back to York Racecourse who like many others are hosting a Breeders cup night complete with big screens. If you get chance to attend one of these evenings grab it they are great fun if you can stay awake. The big race The Breeders cup Classic always closes proceedings and is America’s version of the Grand National in terms of public awareness. Europe sends over a weaker than usual team this year but dont miss the Fugue who has been kept for this meeting and will get the fast ground she needs to be at her very best.
So from soggy Wetherby over the jumps to the lightening fast Breeders cup speedsters this weekend has it all and at Stableline Gold we will be betting big at both meetings so get involved and get the very best inside info out there.
Back next Thursday.