Wetherby stage their biggest day of their season on Saturday, with the Charlie Hall Chase, which was first run in 1969 taking centre stage. Unfortunately we haven't got a runner in the race, but our near neighbours and good friends at the Jedd O'Keeffe yard do, when the brilliant Sam Spinner puts his credentials on the line, we wish them, and jockey Joe Colliver the very best of luck.
We kick off at 12.25.pm where we are doubly represented. Silver Tassie carries top weight, with Billy Garritty retaining the ride. He can go well fresh, and will have no problem with soft ground. At 12 years old he isn't getting any faster, but he has been third on his last two visits to the track.
We also run Grange Ranger who looks like a progressive horse. He made his stable debut for us at Catterick in February when exceeding expectations by finishing second, with 33 lengths back to the third horse, had lock down not occurred he may well have won by now. The handicapper raised him 6lb for that effort, which could have been a lot worse, Emma Smith-Chaston is fit after her recent injury, retains the ride.
We also run two in the extended two miles and three furlongs novice hurdle at 1.0.pm.Grange Park Racing who recently celebrated their 70th winner are represented by Convivial, she came close to winning on the flat, on a couple of occasions in the summer, and made her hurdles debut at Carlisle nine days ago. Saturdays race looks really hot, and will benefit Convival's education, Becky Smith takes the ride.
We also run Who's The Guv'Nor, who will be making his hurdles debut,he has had a stop, start career to date, due to injury. He made his debut back in May 2018 in a bumper at Market Rasen, running with great promise, only weakening from two furlongs from home, to be beaten by 10 lengths.He didn't race again for 10 months when finishing last at Sedgefield, and then again he was off the track until December of last year.Saturday gives him the opportunity to get his career back on track, Joe Colliver takes the ride.
If you have a decent national hunt mare there are several lucrative opportunities, and we certainly have a very decent prospect in the form of Desaray Girl who makes her stable debut at 2.10.pm in the Bet 365 Mares Listed Hurdle, over two miles, with Joe Colliver riding. Desaray Girl is very lightly raced so should continue to improve, unfortunately the top class mare Verdana Blue has declared to run, but only 5lb separate the other six runners on official ratings.
Our final runner is Enfin Phil in the finale at 3.55.pm over the extended two miles and three furlongs, where there is a maximum field of 20.He made his seasonal debut at Sedgefield 13 days ago, when running as if the race was needed, he remains 4lb above his last winning mark at Catterick in January, with Billy Garritty retaining the ride.
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Good luck to the connections, R M Howard, Oakwood Rainbow, Mr & Mrs I P Earnshaw, Grange Park Racing Xv1, Resdev, and Randall Orchard & Partners.