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Today we have a couple of big grade National Hunt races with the Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2) at Wetherby & Champion Chase (Grade 1 ) at Down Royal in Northern Ireland with plenty of other Graded & Listed races on the cards, which take in Ascot, Wetherby & Down Royal.
A packed day of racing for us ALL to get our teeth into & with the 4 of us back, for the first time since August, today promises to be a very good day…
Jamie will be at Down Royal & will review the meeting this week for us, so keep an eye out for that!
Back to today & as previously mentioned we have covered Ascot, Wetherby & Down Royal for you, so LET’S GET STARTED!
Ascot – Good to Soft
Wetherby – Good to Soft, Good in Places
Down Royal – Yielding
1.55 Bet 365 Mares Hurdle ( Class1 Listed ) over 2m
Selection – Zambella – 6 year old Mare Out of Zambezi Sun and Visby. Has had 15 races under rules and has won 6 times in total, 3 of those wins were over fences and 2 wins over hurdles. Although the hurdle wins were back in 2019, if recreating the form of those 2 hurdle wins should go close today, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of the Paul Nicholls trained Miranda who has a 50% strike rate over hurdles and carries 6lb more for todays race.
2.10 Bateaux London Handicap Hurdle
Soaring Glory enjoyed a comfortable success in the Betfair Hurdle last season, before finishing 4th in the Supreme, he arrives here 10lbs higher than and will need a career best to defy this mark. With that said, he’s only a 6yo and this will be just his 7th start over timber. He also goes well here having never been out the top 3 and his record fresh is extremely positive. I’m expecting this son of Fame And Glory to be in the shake-up after the final flight.
3.20 Bateaux London Gold Cup Handicap Chase
Regal Encore has been a staple of National Hunt racing over the years, especially here at Ascot. His recent chase form here reads 13213132 including a win in this race last year and beaten by just a head back in February. This 13yo shows no signs of slowing up and it would be a magnificent training performance from all at the Anthony Honeyball yard were Regal Encore to land this. Off todays mark of 149 and at the current double figure price he makes plenty of each-way appeal.
1:05 – Value Cabs 3yo Hurdle – Selection: Fil Dor
This appears to be a weak renewal of this race and Gordon Elliott can sweep up once again, the County Meath trainer has won 4 of the last 6 renewals of the race. The Elliott stable usually runs one of their smartest Juvenile hurdlers in this and French import Fil Dor is decently bred being a half brother to a listed winner and a chase winner. The son of Doctor Dino was second in a French bumper in June and is making his debut over hurdles today. Sea Sessions is the big threat having finished a good second on her hurdles bow at Punchestown last time out, she is rock solid and boasts race fitness. It won’t be easy giving her 6lbs but I can’t ignore the promise of the Fil Dor and I fancy him to get off the mark today.
2:50 – Ladbrokes Champion Chase (G1) – Selection: Frodon
The first Grade 1 race of the jumps season sees reigning the Cheltenham Gold Cup & King George VI Chase go head to head. Due to the easy 3m nature of Down Royal I am siding with King George hero Frodon. You would like to think Paul Nicholls will have him well tuned up for this race and this represents a good opportunity to notch up another success at the highest level. Of course, Frodon has over 30 lengths to find with Minella Indo from Cheltenham but Down Royal over 3m is a very different test to Cheltenham over 3m 2½f, I am not sure Down Royal will suit Minella Indo as stamina appears to be his forte, while Frodon handles these tighter courses well. Galvin is race fit but may lack the class of the big two. Frodon will be a tough nut to crack and always gives his all. I’m very excited and lucky to see this race in person today.
2.45 Handicap Chase – Class 1 Listed – 2m 167yds…
Sully D’oc AA – Konig Turf X Samarra D’oc 7yo Gelding.
Had wind surgery in early 2020 before returning on October 31st 2020 at this meeting after 280 days off, winning in a 2m 2f Class 3 Handicap Chase.
Finished 3rd at Newbury on November 27th in a Class 2 Handicap Chase, given a break of 111 days before heading to the Cheltenham Festival, where he finished a 13 & 1/2 length 8th of 21 in the Grade 3 Handicap Plate Chase 2m 4f before finishing a 1 length runner up at Aintree in the Grade 3 Red Rum 1m 7f Handicap Chase on April 8th to Editeur Du Gite.
Was last seen at Punchestown on April 29th winning a Grade B 2m Handicap Chase by 2 & 1/4 lengths. Off for 184 days. Season Return – EACH WAY
4.50 Handicap Chase – Class 4 – 3m 45yds…
Ecossais – Saddler Maker X Sacade 7yo Gelding.
Had been on the go since October 2020, running 8 times & winning 3 of them. Landed back to back wins in 2020 before opening 2021 with a pair of 3rd place finishes.
Last won on March 8th 2021 at Southwell over 3m by 3/4’s of a length in a Class 4 Handicap Chase before ending his season at Sedgefield on March 28th in a 3m 2f Class 4 Hnadicap Chase, when finishing a 19 length 2nd to Gran Paradiso, with 3rd William of Orange, winning twice since that race..
Off for 219 days. Season Return. – EACH WAY
That is everything for you today folks, thanks for popping by & for your continued support, we all really appreciate it..
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