Another Bally Charlie Hall For Twiston-Davies
Nigel Twiston-Davies left Wetherby on a happy note as Ballyoptic became the Naunton based trainer’s sixth Charlie Hall Chase winner.
In a real war of attrition on very soft ground it was a race that brought the stayers to the fore and former Towton winner Ballyoptic who was second in last season’s Scottish National and came into the race off the back of a recent win at Chepstow, battled on under Sam Twiston-Davies to easily hold off last season’s Welsh National winner Elegant Escape by over three lenghts.
This was stamina sapping stuff and after this success in Yorkshire it could be a case of going a few miles across the M62 and A580 to Haydock in three weeks time for the Betfair Chase where he will join the stables star chaser Bristol De Mai who bids for his third victory, Ballyoptic’s main aim will be the Grand National in April as will Elegant Escape who loves those marathon chases too.
La Bague Au Roi was disappointing on her return eventually pulling up turning for home, she can be forgiven for this and something like the Peterborough Chase could be more up her street.
World Back At His Hooves
The Worlds End came back to hurdling and if Paisley Park had ITV 4 on in his box then he certainly would have taken note this afternoon as The Worlds End bounced out from the tapes to make all the running to win the Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle over 3m putting the rest of the field to bed pretty readily.
A decent enough field he had some good yardsticks in behind most notably Unowhatimeanharry who ran a superb race in defeat at 11 years young only finishing five lenghts back in second spot
Hurdling clearly suits him more than chasing and from this a visit to Newbury in a few weeks where he could meet up against Paisley Park in the Long Distance Hurdle in what could be a race to savour.
Buttons The Lady Of Wetherby
Yorkshire’s racing crowd may have been loud when Enable came to York in August but they were positively delirious as the Phil Kirby trained mare Lady Buttons warmed the hearts of the crowd as she repeated last years win in the Listed Mares’ Hurdle over 2m.
Always going nicely and hurdling slickly she had the task made easier following Zambella unseating her rider at the second last from which it was all plain sailing for her and Adam Nicol and although she was idling on the run in she had plenty in hand.
There certainly isnt a more popular mare in training than Lady Buttons, she gives her all and has a huge fanbase in Yorkshire, Newbury and then Doncaster will be her next port of call from here.
Best Of Friday
Friday had a fair card to it with two listed contests as the main attraction amongst other races.
Pete Strikes The Right Chord
Nicky Richards has his string in good form at the moment and Guitar Pete repeated his 2017 win in the Listed 2m3f Handicap Chase.
In what looked a competitive race Guitar Pete had plenty enough in hand and readily brushed aside runner up Happy Diva, He could be Cheltenham bound in two weeks time for another crack at the BetVictor Gold Cup where he would have a fair squeak especially with the benefit of a race.
Dan Dan The Wensleydale Man
Langer Dan was all out under Harry Skelton as he made it two from two in the Listed Wensleysale Hurdle over 2m.
A good looking racing with plenty of winning horses in it, Langer Dan showed plenty of grit to overpower Maria Magdalena after the last flight, he was unraced on the flat but does have a knack for jumping and looks set for one of the big 3yo hurdles at either Cheltenham, Doncaster or Chepstow next month.
Two From Two For Sam
Sam Spinner’s chasing career continues on an upward curve as he won his second novice chase of the season, despite not being quite convincing at some of his jumps he is still learning the game and needs more experience, one possible target which would suit him might be the Grade 2 Novice Chase over three miles at Doncaster in December but you wouldn’t rule out a return to the smaller obstacles if the right races present themselves.
Two top days at this part of West Yorkshire and jumping is well and truly back.
Next up we head to Haydock for what could be an amazing renewal of the Betfair Chase and boy will that be some race!
Wetherby as usual did a fine job at this lovely course, quality horses and competitive racing with stables from all over the country sending runners and going back with some good prize money.
Till next time, Goodbye