Horse racing continues this weekend at Wetherby, with the Charlie Hall Chase set to draw in plenty of attention on Saturday afternoon.
Britain’s highest-rated chaser Cyrname headlines a 10-strong field. It will be his first start on a left-handed track since Aintree two years ago, where he took fourth spot.
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Cyrname will be in contention once again, having clinched victory at Ascot last November. It was confirmed on Thursday that the eight-year-old, trained by Paul Nicholls, will be appearing in West Yorkshire this weekend.
But Kim Bailey’s Vinndication has also chosen Wetherby this weekend. Both opted for the Charlie Hall Chase as opposed to the Sodexo Gold Cup.
2019 Charlie Hall hero Ballyoptic makes a return to defend his title. Nigel Twiston-Davies clinched victory last time out, mastering the muddy conditions. Brian Ellison’s 2018 winner Definitly Red is also back.
Aye Right and Saint Xavier from Harriet Graham and Richard Hobson are also on the card. And Mick Channon’s Mister Whitaker will also be eyeing the number one spot.
Completing the field are La Bague Au Roi and Keeper Hill from Warren Greatrex, and Jedd O’Keeffe’s Sam Spinner.
Previous winners of this historic event include Bristol De Mai, Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti.
It’s the first major staying chase of the season, so all eyes will be on the three-mile showpiece.
Cyrname can be backed at 2/1 to clinch top spot.
Sam Spinner has been given odds of 4/1 to finish first, with Vinndication available at 5/1.
Ballyoptic is currently 7/1, with Definitly red available at 11/1.
Both La Bague Au Roi and Mister Whitaker can be backed at 20/1.
Keeper Hill has been given odds of 22/1 to secure the win, with Aye Right and Saint Xavier outsiders at 40/1 and 80/1 respectively.
There is, of course, plenty of other exciting action happening throughout the day. Six other races complete a busy day at Wetherby.
Kicking off Saturday is the Price Promise at Handicap Chase, followed by the Novices’ Hurdle.
Up next is the Handicap Chase, the Bet365 Mares’ Hurdle, and the Hurdle (West Yorkshire). The Handicap Hurdle finishes off the day.