Super septet go to post in bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby tomorrow

Silviniaco Conti and Taquin Du Seuil feature among a high-class field of seven for the £100,000 Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (3.15pm) on a star-studded card at Wetherby tomorrow, November 1.

Silviniaco Conti (Paul Nicholls/Noel Fehily), who took the three mile and one furlong contest in 2012, is the 11/10 favourite with bet365 on the back of a fruitful campaign that yielded two Grade One victories, including the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park, and a close fourth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Taquin Du Seuil (Jonjo O’Neill/A P McCoy) capped last season with a hard-fought victory over Uxizandre in the Grade One JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and is set to tackle three miles and a furlong for the first time. However, the seven-year-old needs to bounce back from a disappointing reappearance when he was beaten 24 lengths into third by Wonderful Charm in an intermediate chase at Newton Abbot on October 10.

Also stepping up in trip is Double Ross (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Adam Wedge), who was two lengths behind Taquin Du Seuil in third at Cheltenham. The eight-year-old was a model of consistency at around two and a half miles last season and recorded the biggest victory of his career in Cheltenham’s December Gold Cup, beating Cantlow by two lengths.

He reappeared in the same extended two mile and five furlong intermediate chase as Taquin Du Seuil but was brought down at the 12th fence.

Twiston-Davies reported: “Double Ross got brought down last time which was a bit unfortunate but that has not affected him and he is in very good form.

“We just want to have look and see how he gets on over the longer trip – we haven’t done a lot of three miles with him.

“He will be fit and some of the others won’t, so let’s have a go. I’m not too concerned about the trip but I just want him to prove that he does stay.”

A line-up full of quality also includes Cheltenham Gold Cup third The Giant Bolster (David Bridgwater/Jason Maguire) plus the Grade One-winning pair of Menorah (Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson) and Medermit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson). Wayward Prince (Hilary Parrott/Dougie Costello), runner-up for the last two years, completes the field.

bet365 Charlie Hall Chase – sponsor bet: 11/10 Silviniaco Conti, 7/2 Taquin Du Seuil, 6/1 Menorah, 10/1 The Giant Bolster, Medermit, 14/1 Double Ross, 18/1 Wayward Prince
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The other Pattern contest tomorrow is the £37,000 Grade Two bet365 Hurdle (2.40pm) over three miles and a furlong. The three runners for this event are headed by At Fishers Cross (Rebecca Curtis/A P McCoy), a Grade One winner at Cheltenham and Aintree in 2013. Joining At Fishers Cross are Cole Harden (Warren Greatrex/Gavin Sheehan), a Grade One runner-up in novice company at Aintree in April and Medinas (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson), who enjoyed his biggest victory in the Grade Three Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013.

Mares get their chance to shine in the £22,000 Listed olbg.com Mares’ Hurdle (2.05pm) over an extended two miles which has attracted six runners. Settrington-based handler John Quinn, successful 12 months ago in this race with Cockney Sparrow, runs Aurore d’Estruval (ridden by A P McCoy) who won over the course and distance in February before running creditably when fifth in Grade One company at the Grand National Festival. Bonne Fee (Kim Bailey/Ed Cookson) scored three times over the summer while there is a challenge from Ireland in Emily Gray (Tim Hyde/Richard Johnson), who was runner-up in Listed company at Cheltenham in April (a race in which Cloudante (Donald McCain/Jason Maguire) finished sixth). Last Supper (James Bethell/Joe Colliver) scored an 80/1 shock on her hurdling debut at Perth in September, when she triumphed by 33 lengths. Gold Chain (Dianne Sayer/Ryan Mania) completes the line-up.

Action gets underway tomorrow at 12.55pm with the £8,500 Watch Racing UK Anywhere Novices’ Hurdle over an extended two miles, for which 17 runners go to post. Completing tomorrow’s action are the £10,000 bet365.com Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase over two miles (1.30pm, seven runners), the £8,500 Racing UK 1 Price 3 Devices Handicap Hurdle (3.50pm, 10 runners) and the concluding £6,000 bet365.com Novices’ Chase (4.20pm, three runners).

The bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting starts at Wetherby today with a six-race card.

The going is currently Good, Good to Soft in places (Watered). GoingStick readings at 11.00am today were – Chase Course – 6.9; Hurdles Course – 7.1.

For more information, please go to www.wetherbyracing.co.uk, follow on Twitter @WetherbyRaces, go to Facebook, or contact Jonjo Sanderson, chief executive & clerk of the course, on 01937 582 035

bet365 renew sponsorship of Charlie Hall Chase

Wetherby Racecourse is pleased to announce that bet365 has renewed its sponsorship of the Charlie Hall Chase for a further three years from 2015. bet365 first backed the contest in 2003.

Steve Ibberson, Managing Director – Gaming at bet365, commented: “We are very pleased to continue with our support of Wetherby’s premier race meeting for a further three years.

“The bet365 Charlie Hall Chase represents the first major test of the Jump season for the country’s leading staying chasers.

“There have been seen some truly outstanding horses triumph in this race since we started sponsoring back in 2003 and, once again, this season looks set to be yet another top quality renewal of this prestigious race.”

Wetherby Racecourse Chief Executive Jonjo Sanderson added: “Wetherby has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with bet365 over the last 12 years and we are delighted that they have extended their support of the bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting once again.

“We very much look forward to working together up to 2017 and beyond.”

The bet365 Charlie Hall Chase – Roll of Honour

YEAR HORSE AGE/WT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP RAN
2013 Harry Topper 6-11-06 D J Keyte Kim Bailey Jason Maguire 5/1 7
2012 Silviniaco Conti 6-11-05 Chris Giles & Potensis Ltd Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 11/10F 6
2011 Weird Al 8-11-06 Brannon Dennis Dick Holden Donald McCain Timmy Murphy 7/1 7
2010 Nacarat 9-11-00 Simon Clarke Tom George Sam Thomas 6/1 8
2009 Deep Purple 8-11-05 Paul Green Evan Williams Paul Moloney 9/2 5
2008 State Of Play 8-11-00 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams Paul Moloney 5/2F 6
2007 Ollie Magern 9-11-00 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies Paddy Brennan 11/4 7
2006 Our Vic 8-11-10 David Johnson David Pipe Timmy Murphy 6/1 10
2005 Ollie Magern 7-11-05 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 11/4F 8
2004 Grey Abbey 10-11-06 Ken & Elinor Roper, Norman Furness Howard Johnson Graham Lee 5/1 6
2003 Ballybough Rasher 8-11-00 Comtake-Welding Engineering Specialists Howard Johnson Graham Lee 40/1 6
2002 Marlborough 10-11-00 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 7/2 8
2001 Sackville 8-11-05 Seamus O’Farrell Frances Crowley IRE David Casey 5/1 9
2000 See More Business 10-11-12 Paul Barber Paul Nicholls Mick Fitzgerald 1/3F 4
1999 See More Business 9-11-12 John Keighley & Paul Barber Paul Nicholls Mick Fitzgerald 11/4JF 6
1998 Strath Royal 12-11-03 Lady Anne Bentinck Owen Brennan Martin Brennan 14/1 5
1997 One Man 9-11-10 John Hales Gordon Richards Richard Dunwoody 4/7F 4
1996 One Man 8-11-10 John Hales Gordon Richards Richard Dunwoody 8/11F 4
1995 Barton Bank 9-11-02 Jenny Mould David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 8/15F 3
1994 Young Hustler 7-11-10 Gavin Macechern Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 8/1 7
1993 Barton Bank 7-11-02 Jenny Mould David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 12/1 7
1992 Tipping Tim 7-11-02 Jenny Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 11/4 7
1991 Celtic Shot 9-11-10 D E H Horton Charlie Brooks Graham Bradley 4/5F 6
1990 Celtic Shot 8-11-02 D E H Horton Charlie Brooks Peter Scudamore 7/4F 7
1989 Durham Edition 11-11-02 Robert Oxley Arthur Stephenson Alan Merrigan 33/1 7
1988 High Edge Grey 7-11-02 J B Stone Ken Oliver Tim Reed 13/2 10
1987 Cybrandian 9-11-02 Ian Bray Peter Easterby Chris Grant 7/4 4
1986 Forgive’n Forget 9-11-10 T Kilroe & Sons Ltd Jimmy FitzGerald Mark Dwyer 5/2 6
1985 Wayward Lad 10-11-06 Mrs S N Thewlis Monica Dickinson Graham Bradley EvensF 4
1984 Burrough Hill Lad 8-11-09 Stan Riley Jenny Pitman Phil Tuck 10/11JF 4
1983 Wayward Lad 8-11-10 Mrs S N Thewlis Michael Dickinson Robert Earnshaw 1/3F 3
1982 Righthand Man 5-11-07 Mrs M Haggas Michael Dickinson Graham Bradley 11/10F 10
1981 Gay Return 6-11-10 Mrs R Quinn Edward O’Grady IRE Tommy Ryan 12/1 11
1980 Manton Castle 6-11-09 Mrs M Pett Maurice Camacho Gordon Holmes 16/1 9
1979 Sparkie’s Choice 6-11-09 Mrs P Brewitt Neville Crump Colin Hawkins 9/2 8
1978 Fighting Fit 6-11-09 Mrs L Carr Ken Oliver Ridley Lamb 6/5F 5
1977 Goolagong 7-11-09 H Orde-Powlett Neville Crump Mr Harry Orde-Powlett 8/1 8
1976 DH Current Gold 5-11-07 A Picken Gordon Richards David Goulding 4/1 9
Set Point 8-11-09 Lavinia, Duchess Of Norfolk Lady Herries Tommy Stack 20/1
1975 Davy Lad 5-11-07 Mrs J McGowan Mick O’Toole IRE Dessie Hughes 2/5F 5
1974 Tamalin 7-11-09 T Metcalfe Gordon Richards Jonjo O’Neill 9/4 7
1973 Dunrobin 6-11-05 Wing-Commander R Stevenson Bill Crawford S P Taylor 4/5F 6
1972 Coxswain 7-11-10 Major E Cliff-McCulloch Arthur Stephenson Mr Graham Macmillan 4/5F 8
1971 Abandoned – snow and frost
1970 Kildrummy 5-11-07 Mrs M Milne Green Bill Crawford Ron Barry 100/30 8
1969 Arcturus 8-11-10 Lady Hay Neville Crump Pat Buckely 11/4 3

*The Charlie Hall Chase was first fun in 1969. It was originally known as the Wetherby Pattern Chase and was restricted to novices up until 1983. bet365 has sponsored the Grade Two race since 2003.

*It was named in honour of William “Charlie” Hall in 1978. Hall, who died 1977, was a Tadcaster-based trainer and the elder brother of leading Flat traner Sam Hall. He was champion Jump trainer in 1955/56, when he won the Champion Hurdle with Doorknocker. On his retirement in 1975, Charlie Hall was succeeded by his stepson Maurice Camacho who in turn handed over the reins to his daughter Julie in 1998.

*There have been six dual winners – Wayward Lad (1983 & 1985), Celtic Shot (1990 & 1991), Barton Bank (1993 & 1995), One Man (1996 & 1997), See More Business (1999 & 2000) and Ollie Magern (2005 & 2007). Silviniaco Conti is attempting to be the seventh.

*The late Gordon Richards and Nigel Twiston-Davies are the most successful trainers with four wins each.

*The most successful jockeys have been Graham Bradley, Mick Fitzgerald and Carl Llewellyn, who all rode three winners. Among current riders, Timmy Murphy, Paul Moloney and Graham Lee are the winning-most with two victories apiece.

*The biggest field was 11 in 1981, the smallest was three in 1969, 1983 and 1995.

*Ballybough Rasher provided the biggest shock when scoring at 40/1 in 2003.

*The shortest-priced winners were Wayward Lad (1983) and See More Business (2000), both 1/3 shots.

*In the 44 runnings, 18 favourite or joint favourites have prevailed (41 per cent).

*Four winners have also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup – Davy Lad (1975), Burrough Hill Lad (1984), Forgive’n Forget (1986) and See More Business (1999 & 2000).

*One Man (1996 & 1997) also won the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

*Irish raiders have scored three times – Davy Lad (1975), Gay Return (1981) and Sackville (2001).

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