Top quality horse racing action is available from across the UK and Ireland this weekend as some of the season’s potential greats appear for the first time this term.
bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2)
Long Run, who won the King George VI Chase for the second time last year, will lead the market for the Class 1, bet365 Charlie Hall Chase. Henderson’s super-successful 8-year-old is currently the 11/8 favourite, with Bet Victor offering the best odds.
Unioniste had some good races last season, although disappointed in his final run in the RSA Chase and will need to improve to win this. Paddy Power are currently offering the best price of 4/1 on him.
Cape Tribulation finished behind Long Run in the Gold Cup when he was fifth, but earlier form saw him beat Imperial Commander which gives him every chance. Champion jockey A P McCoy rides Benefficient, who is proven but may struggle over this distance and Harry Topper is another with claims.
bet365 Hurdle (Registered As The West Yorkshire Hurdle) (Grade 2)
TIDAL BAY (15/8) will also appear for the first time this season, with Sam Twiston-Davies set to ride for the first time.
The veteran won this last year and should have enough to do so again following the withdrawal of At Fishers Cross.
Alan King’s Medinas looks the biggest threat and is currently 7/1 with Boylesports, whilst Trustan Times cannot be ignored due to his fantastic form.
Une Artiste won the OLBG.com Mares’ Hurdle beating Alasi by 2 1/2 lengths last year, however could find it a lot tougher this year.
L’Unique is the 7/2 second favourite with most firms and following her Grade 1 victory at Ascot in April, could be the one to back.
She also beat market leader Cockney Sparrow (11/4) at Ascot back in December and could have enough to repeat that, so is worth a punt.
JNwine.com Champion Chase (Grade 1)
First Lieutenant is set to take on former 2m champion, Sizing Europe in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal.
The former finished third at Punchestown last month whilst preparing for this race, however Henry De Bromhead’s 11-year-old could be the better option.
He has been beaten in this twice previously, first by the outstanding Kauto Star before losing out to Quito De La Roque. The 3m distance has always been a problem for the gelding; however he is certain to be the best over 2 and half miles and may well hold on.
Stan James are offering best price of 10/3 for him, whilst the favourite is First Lieutenant, currently 5/2 with leading firms.
Kauto Stone won this last year and is proven at the track, however probably will not have enough to compete with the favourites.
The other key race of the meeting is the Powers Irish Whiskey Chase and Rolling Aces is the 11/4 favourite with Bet365. He ran fantastically when winning at Wincanton and Newbury in December, before finishing second at Kempton in February.
Nicholls always does well in the race and that could make the difference. He represents good value and is well worth a punt.
Tofino Bay and Texas Jack are another two worth keeping an eye on and both can be backed at around 6/1 with most firms.
BET OF THE DAY – 15:00 Wetherby – TIDAL BAY is the pick on a competitive day. The withdrawal of At Fishers Cross gives the veteran a good chance of winning this race for the second time in two years and at 15/8, should be a good bet.
Other racing is available for punters from Ascot, Ayr and Newmarket and you can keep up to date with all the latest odds HERE at Britbets.