14:15 Wetherby Sat 11 January 2020

  • wetherbyracing.co.uk Handicap Chase (Class 2)
  • 1m 7f 36y, Soft
  • 5 Runners
  • Winner£12,660.002nd£3,740.003rd£1,870.004th£936.005th£468.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 9.6sOff time:14:18:10
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1
811-12OR: 139
25/1

Would need to improve markedly from reappearance run over C&D where he finished 58-length behind Hawk High when coming home last of seven. Remains 7lb above last winning mark, and can be confidently ruled out while struggling for form.

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2
1011-6OR: 133BFCD
15/8

Bumped into runaway winner when runner-up to Marracudja in the Castleford Handicap Chase over C&D last month. Pulled eight-length clear of the third that day and this is less competitive. Excellent claims off what is an unchanged mark.

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3
511-3OR: 134BF
9/4

Posted a below-par effort when stepped up to a trip he has never won over before at Taunton (2m2f; soft). May also have been feeling the effects of a subsequent 7lb rise for chase debut success at Southwell (2m; soft) previously.

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4
811-1OR: 128CDWS
9/2

Scored over C&D three starts ago off a 6lb lower mark, and wasn't disgraced most recently when third (again over C&D). Never won off a mark as high as this before though, so perhaps one to oppose. Place claims.

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5
710-11OR: 124
7/2

Drops back in trip after finishing runner-up in a slightly lower grade at this track on Boxing Day. That was a definite improvement from his previous run over C&D when tailed-off. Could be ready to take advantage of falling mark for in-form team.

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Last Year's Winner

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Beau Bay810-911/4
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Henry Brooke

Betting

Forecast

Hawk High (15/8), Katpoli (9/4), Niven (7/2), Ballyvic Boru (9/2), Azzuri (25/1)

Verdict

The Phillip Kirby/Tommy Dowson duo are in top form at present after taking the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick during the week, and their Niven took a step back in the right direction when runner-up over slightly further here on Boxing Day. He has solid claims if able to build on that despite his 1-12 strike rate over fences. C&D winner Ballyvic Boru is also in the mix after running respectably in third over C&D last month. The one they all have to beat is the classy HAWK HIGH who runs off the same mark he finished second off in the Castleford Chase over C&D last month. He bumped into one then and in this weaker contest he remains unexposed over fences.
  1. Hawk High
  2. Niven
  3. Ballyvic Boru

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