Free Tips For Wetherby Races [2nd November]
Wetherby stages it’s 2019 Bet365 race Day on Saturday 2 November and it’s a meeting that traditionally gets the juices flowing for some great national hunt action in the lead up to Christmas. The main event is the Grade 1 Charlie Hall Chase which is normally the first clash of a variety of experienced chasers and the best of last season’s novice chasers.
The card also features the Grade 2 Bet365 Hurdle and the Listed Bet365 Mares Hurdle. Check out our trends, stats, analysis, and Free Tips for Bet365 day.
Bet365 Mares Hurdle 2019 Analysis
13:55 at Wetherby on 2nd November
Seven of the last 10 winners of this two-mile hurdle race have won it on their seasonal debut, whilst six of the last 10 favourites have won. Not many winners have carried a penalty to success, but Une Artiste outclassed her rivals carrying a big penalty in 2012, whilst La Bague Au Roi did it in 2017.
That’s enough evidence to suggest the classy Lady Buttons can give weight and a beating to what look inferior rivals. She was second in this race in 2017 when rated 132 and won last year’s renewal when rated 137. She’s now rated 142 over hurdles but is rated even higher over fences. There’s no doubt she’s better over the larger obstacles, but her record suggests she’s at her best on soft ground over two miles and she should get those conditions here. The stable of Philip Kirby also appears to be coming back to form at the perfect time.
Bet365 Hurdle 2019 Analysis
15:05 at Wetherby on 2nd November
If the weather forecast turns the ground soft or heavy, then stamina will be required in spades in this 3 mile hurdle.
Ballyandy officially comes out best at the weights in receipt of 6lb from the top-weight and he promises to stay this far on his first attempt at the trip, with soft ground no problem. But he has already been beaten off top-weight in a handicap on his seasonal debut, whilst it’s worth remembering he was getting weight from William Henry and Wicklow Brave when beaten into third in the Coral Cup at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival. That suggests he’s vulnerable to a better class horse.
Unowhatimeanharry fits the bill. Harry Fry’s 11-year-old isn’t going to be getting any better, but he rolled back the years to win the stayers crown at the 2019 Punchestown Festival, and a repeat of that form would be good enough. He has a decent record when fresh, winning first time out in 2015, 2016, and 2017, whilst the 2½ mile trip on good ground was too much of a speed test last year. But he did win on his second start last season over 3 miles on soft ground and he’s fancied to have too much staying power for these rivals in the conditions.
Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase 2019 Analysis
15:40 at Wetherby on 2nd November
Conceding weight hasn’t proved a big disadvantage over the years in the Charlie Hall Chase and there aren’t any top-class chasers without penalties this year.
The top-rated Aso will probably win if he proves just as good over 3 miles as he is over 2½ miles. But he didn’t stay this far when previously tried over the trip and could be vulnerable to stronger stayers up the long Wetherby straight.
Elegant Escape is the strongest stayer but, though he’s won over three miles on soft ground, he’s shown his best form over further in the Welsh National. Colin Tizzard’s 7-year-old could take another step forward this year but he’s fancied to be at his best over longer trips.
La Bague Au Roi represents last year’s staying novices and she’ll be happy in the conditions having won over this far before. She has plenty of form on soft ground and she’s also won on both her previous visits to Wetherby. She’s another that could take another step forward this year but she has a bit to find on official ratings.
That comment also applies to Top Ville Ben who is two from two here at Wetherby over fences. He jumped his rivals silly in both those races but, having also been allowed an easy lead at Aintree when last seen, he was outstayed at the end.