Richard Wright Memorial Handicap Chase
This year is the 20th anniversary of the Richard Wright Memorial Handicap Chase, a race sponsored by Richard’s friends and peers who all attended the Dudley Grammar School, one of which was Betting Gods Member Richard Woodall.
The race is taking place at Worcester at 1.35 on Wednesday 25 October and, as Richard Wright was sadly the victim of cancer, his friends are hoping to raise funds for the MacMillan Nurses Charity.
Therefore, Richard has asked if we could try and pick the winner of the race – so fingers crossed!
Jonjo O’Neill’s 10-year-old has won 10 of his 56 races, but his strike-rate at Worcester is even better with 3 wins from 6 visits to the track. However, his last two wins have come off a mark of 115, and he’s yet to win off a mark as high as 122.
Often seen in higher-class races, but has an excellent 60% strike-rate in class-4 races, whilst his last win also came off a 3lb higher mark. Didn’t run well over hurdles here on his only previous visit though, and his wins have come at tracks that put the emphasis on stamina rather than speed.
Last 4 wins have all come on right-handed tracks, but ran okay behind Strongly Suggested at Warwick last time. No obvious reason why he’ll reverse that form this time.
Two chase wins have been off marks off 112 and 117, but a mark of 118 may not be beyond him as he won off 121 over hurdles. Wins have also all been on left-handed tracks, with his win at Straford suggesting he could run up to his best on his first visit to Worcester. However, he did finish behind Strongly Suggested and Cloudy Bob last time.
Won 7 of his 29 races, but has done most of his winning from April to July. He’s also well above his last winning mark and, though he’s a course winner, he’s been beaten off much lower marks here.
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Won a chase in Ireland for his previous trainer, but looked too high in the handicap since. Handicapper relenting slowly, but may still need to be dropped a few more pounds before getting competitive.
1lb lower than when third here two starts ago, and the extra 2-furlongs may suit as she looked one-paced there. Probably susceptible to something with a change of gear, but an each-way chance.
Ran okay here over hurdles when second on both previous visits, but has started his chasing career off a much higher mark, and isn’t obviously well-handicapped.
Came good last season with 4 wins between August and March, and is only 2lb higher than his last winning mark. However, he also has really good 7lb claimer James Bowen aboard, who rode him to be second on his first ride on him last time.
3-time course winner Strongly Suggested is bound to be popular after winning last time, but Barry Geraghty has yet to win on him in 4 attempts. Therefore, it may be worth chancing Dawnieriver off bottom-weight, with James Bowen reducing his burden further. Bowen’s 7lb claim theoretically means he’s 5lb below his last winning mark, and he should like the prevailing good ground. Bowen also rides Worcester well, with 3 wins and 2 places from 9 rides in his fledgling career.
Tip: Dawnieriver – Each-Way @ 6/1 PaddyPower, BetVictor