Horse Racing Betting – Don’t look beyond The Tother One

October 31, 2010 | In: Articles

Deep Purple is a 9/2 chance with Coral as he bids to record back-to-back triumphs in the Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. Evan Williams‘ nine-year-old will face seven rivals in the Grade 2 contest including last year’s third Ollie Magern (a general 12/1), who has already been successful twice in the race and usually comes to hand early in the season. Nigel Twiston-Davies‘ gelding is in the veteran stage now but ended a long losing run at Perth in May and will almost certainly make the running at Wetherby. Knockara Beau (widely available at 9/1) also likes to race close to the pace and has been a good servant to Alastair Charlton’s stable. He’s struggled in this grade before, however, and has yet to prove conclusively that he’s suited by trips in excess of three miles and his stamina will be tested today after his summer break. I’ve always liked Nacarat and he improved again last season, finishing fourth in the King George and second in the Racing Post Chase at Kempton. There’s just a thought that the Tom George’s grey may be better going right-handed, however, and I wouldn’t be in a hurry to take the general 5/1 in this first-time out. Calgary Bay (14/1 with Paddy Power, Stan James and Ladbrokes) is probably no better than a good handicapper and That’s Rhythm (50/1 with Victor Chandler and Stan James) looks out of his depth but that can’t be said of Barbers Shop. The Queen’s eight-year-old finished ahead of Nacarat in last year’s King George and was fourth to Denman in the Hennessy Gold Cup on his reappearance last season. He doesn’t stand a lot of racing but usually arrives at the track looking a picture of health and can’t be ignored here, though a best price of 4/1 doesn’t give much room for manouevre and I prefer the claims of The Tother One. I think the fact that Ruby Walsh has passed up a couple of decent rides at Ascot to head north speaks volumes about the chances of Paul Nicholls‘ nine-year-old, who fought a losing battle with the handicapper for most of last season. He looks ready to try his luck in this higher grade now and boasts a terrific strike-rate on his first start of the campaign. With a strong pace likely, his stamina may well come into play around Wetherby and is the one I want to be on at Paddy Power and Ladbrokes‘ 4/1.

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