Shadows Lengthen out for repeat Listed victory on opening day of bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting at Wetherby tomorrow

Wetherby’s two-day bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting gets underway tomorrow, Friday, October 30, with a six-race card running from 1.05pm to 4.00pm featuring two Listed contests.

The highlight at the West Yorkshire course tomorrow is the £27,500 Listed bet365 Handicap Chase (2.15pm, eight runners) over two miles and three furlongs.

Last year’s renewal of this race saw Shadows Lengthen, trained at Sheriff Hutton in North Yorkshire by Mick Easterby, get the better of Off The Ground by a comfortable seven lengths. The two horses are set to re-oppose again tomorrow, with Jake Greenall aboard Shadows Lengthen and Aidan Coleman taking the ride on Off The Ground, who has joined the yard of Charlie Longsdon this season.

David Easterby, assistant trainer to his father, commented today: “We are looking forward to running Shadows Lengthen at Wetherby again tomorrow.

“He hasn’t had a run over hurdles first this time, which he did have before winning this race last year, but he has done well over the summer and we are very pleased with his preparation. He should hopefully run up to his best.

“The good is on the soft side of good at Wetherby and that will be fine for him.”

Other Yorkshire interest comes courtesy of dual Wetherby winner Firth Of The Clyde (Malcolm Jefferson/Brian Hughes) and Wakanda (Sue Smith/Danny Cook), a Grade Two scorer at Haydock Park in January.

Also set to line up are top-weight Fago (Paul Nicholls/Sam Twiston-Davies) and the 2013 Hennessy Gold Cup third Theatre Guide (Colin Tizzard/Paddy Brennan). Mountain King (Philip Hobbs/Tom O’Brien) and the mare Pumped Up Kicks (Dan Skelton/Ian Popham) complete the line-up.

Further Listed action on the first day of the bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting is provided by the £20,000 Weatherbys Hamilton Wensleydale Juvenile Hurdle (2.15pm), with five runners due to run in the two-mile contest.

Leoncavallo (John Ferguson/Aidan Coleman) has made an impressive start to his hurdling career with four straight wins, most recently when scoring by 14 lengths at Market Rasen at the end of September.

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson), successful over hurdles for former connections in France earlier this year, was demoted to second after passing the post in front on his British debut at Chepstow earlier this month.

Our Thomas (Tim Easterby/Brian Hughes) made a winning debut over hurdles at Wetherby on October 14, when beating The Lampo Genie (Karl Burke/Henry Brooke) by a nose, and the field is completed by Rio Falls (Jennie Candlish/Peter Carberry).

A six-race card gets underway with the Wetherby Whaler Garry Schofield Testimonial Novices’ Hurdle (1.05pm) over two and a half miles, which has attracted an excellent field of 14 including Royal Vacation (Colin Tizzard/Paddy Brennan), who was ninth in the 2014 Champion Bumper and placed in both his starts over hurdles last season.

Recent Carlisle winner Hadfield (John Ferguson/Aidan Coleman) and Kapstadt (Ian Williams/Will Kennedy), who is seeking a hat-trick of wins over the smaller obstacles, feature among 13 runners for the two-mile bet365 Handicap Hurdle (1.40pm).

The action concludes with the three-mile Wetherby Whaler Supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance Handicap Chase (3.25pm, 10 runners) and the Watch On The Racing UK App Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (4.00pm, 7 runners) over two miles and five furlongs.

Day two of the bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting on Saturday, October 31, features the highlight, the £100,000 Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase (3.05pm). The three-mile contest looks set to be a superb affair this year with Grand National hero Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood) due to clash with Grade One winners Dynaste (David Pipe) and Cue Card (Colin Tizzard) plus defending champion Menorah (Philip Hobbs).

The 2012 Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby (Harry Fry) is on course to try three miles for the first time in the £40,000 Grade Two bet365 West Yorkshire Hurdle (2.00pm), while the seven-race card also includes the £22,000 Listed Mares’ Hurdle.

The going at Wetherby is currently Good, Good to Soft in places.

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