A magnificent seven will line up for the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday afternoon, and it's a who's who of staying chasers heading to the 3m 45y start for this Grade 2 affair, which is often regarded as one of the first premier trials for the elite staying chases at next year's Cheltenham Festival.
Menorah Bids For Repeat Success
Philip Hobbs's Menorah was a sparkling winner of this race 12 months ago, and having ended last season with a taking victory in a Sandown Park Listed race has to be respected if fully tuned up for this event, and the 6/1 on offer with BetVictor could well appeal to some punters.
However, the ten-year-old will have to give away some significant weight advantages to some of his rivals and it's Colin Tizzard's Cue Card that could benefit from having a pull at the weights, and it's that classy performer that currently heads the betting.
CUE CARD is the 7/2 market leader with Betfred and whilst hasn't been seen in the winner's enclosure since the 2013 Betfair Chase could have his best chance of returning to winning ways here, as off 11st he is a real attractive betting proposition on a day that will also see the bet365 Hurdle take place.
Dynaste And Ballynagour Aim To Bag Prize For Pipe
David Pipe's duo of Dynaste and Ballynagour are the only other two runners that have the advantage of carrying 11st, but the former will need to improve immeasurably from his lacklustre display over hurdles last time in France, and whilst he should come on for that run is not likely to land the prize and is a tad skinny at 4/1 with Sky Bet.
Ballynagour makes more appeal from the Pond House duo and at 6/1 with bet365 could appeal to some punters, as he showed when second to Silviniaco Conti in the Betfred Bowl that he can ruffle some feathers at the highest level, but off the same weight as Cue Card just prove vulnerable to that classier performer.
Grand National Hero Many Clouds Makes Return
Many Clouds produced some magical displays last term with wins in the Hennessy Gold Cup, Betbright Cup Chase and Grand National, but the bookmakers feel this could be a pipe-opener for the Oliver Sherwood-trained raider as he is 6/1 with Paddy Power.
A real class act on his day, Many Clouds will need to be fighting fit to land this prize off 11st 10lb, but he does have a decent record fresh, and with stamina no issue is sure to run a solid race before he embarks on trying to land another host of notable prizes this term.
Fourth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and third in the Betfred Bowl last season, Holywell has some top notch form, but he often improves for his first outing, so can be avoided at 6/1 with Sky Bet, whilst Paul Nicholls's Sam Winner will complete the septet and at 14/1 with bet365 is the outsider of the field and has often found this sort of grade a little too tough for him.
Tip - Cue Card to win the Charlie Hall Chase @ 7/2 with Betfred.com