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.