Wetherby betting tips: 14th October

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13.52 – wetherbyracing.co.uk Juvenile Hurdle – 2m 

An intriguing Juvenile hurdle race where a host of useful flat performers make the transition to this sphere.

John Quinn’s FIRST IMPRESSION was last seen winning a competitive class-2 handicap on the flat off a mark 85 and is ground versatile having secured winning form on ground ranging from heavy to good to firm. He’s an exciting prospect for connections and he should take all the beating if hurdling fluently here.

Alan King’s team are starting to hit top form and it’s arguably MIDNIGHT’S LEGACY, who was the best of these on the flat. He won a competitive handicap off a mark of 88 and it’s often we see this yard doing well with flat horses who go hurdling. If this son of Midnight Legend can replicate his flat form to hurdles today, there’s every chance that he could prove too good for this field.



14.25 – Join Racing TV Today Novices’ Chase – 2m3f 

A highly-competitive novice chase and this could be fought out between SHAN BLUE and CHAMPAGNE WELL who bring the strongest form to the race. I really fancy Dan Skelton’s six-year-old to make a winning chase debut today. He was a smart hurdler, who would’ve won at Newbury but for falling three out when going strongly but supplemented that performance when third in a Grade Two next time at Warwick before chasing home Shishkin in a listed event next time. He then produced a career-best effort when sixth behind Envoi Allen in the Grade One Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle. He undoubtedly brings the strongest form lines into the race and strikes me as a horse capable of achieving greater heights.

His market rival CHAMPAGNE WELL looked burnt out at the Cheltenham Festival hence why he was pulled up. However, he had finished runner-up three times in Grade Two company thrice beforehand. He goes well fresh and should be bang there at the finish on his chasing debut following wind surgery but I do suspect that this trip might be on the sharp side for him and that’s why I slightly favour Dan Skelton’s charge to come out on top.



15.00 – Follow RacingTV On Twitter Novices’ Hurdle – 2m3f

In theory, it would be disappointing if ASK A HONEY BEE can’t make a successful hurdling debut here for his in-form stable. He won his first three bumpers last season in gritty fashion and was far from disgraced when midfield in the champion bumper at the Cheltenham Festival. He won’t lack for fitness here and is expected to take higher rank than this level in due course so he sets a very standard on the basis of what he’s achieved thus far in comparison to his rivals.

Selections: ASK A HONEY BEE 


15.35 – Follow RacingTV On Twitter Novices’ Hurdle – 2m3f 

KILBROOK demonstrated a lot of promise when third on debut in a bumper last season before filling the same position in a warm novice hurdle at Newbury next time out. He split three subsequent winners in the race, most notably Sir Valentine who went onto finish court in the Betfair Hurdle. That’s the strongest in context to today’s race and if ready to roll, he’s likely going to reach the frame at the very least.

Meanwhile David Pipe’s MARTINHAL created a deep impression when winning his sole bumper easily at Huntingdon last year and although he hasn’t been seen since, he’s likely to be ready for his hurdles debut here being the yard’s only runner on the card and also Tom Scudamore’s only mount of the day, so he has to be considered.



16.10 – Bobby Renton Handicap Chase – 2m3f

A very tight-looking handicap chase and it might pay to side with the top-weight ECU DE LA NOVERIE, who goes well fresh and was very consistent during the last campaign. He’s only finished outside the top-three once in ten races, placing six times at this sort of level and the last time we saw him over fences, he won by seven-lengths off just 8 Ib lower, beating horses rated 135, 135 and 152. Philip Hobbs’ consistent six-year-old looks a solid option to be in the mix.

Dan Skelton’s SHANNON BRIDGE and Keith Dalgliesh’ POUGNE BOBBI look very well treated on collateral form and should be able to get involved, especially the latter, who ran an eye-catching race to finish seventh of 22 in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival a couple of years ago off a 10 Ib higher mark and ran a good race back earlier this year when second off a 3 Ib higher mark. He has the class and proven form to take this prize if fully wound up for connections.



16.45 – bet365 Charlie Hall Meeting 30th & 31st October Handicap Hurdle – 3m 

Another competitive handicap on the card but MR SCRUMPY makes plenty of appeal on paper. Jedd O’Keeffe’s six-year-old has form figures of 3133212F1 and would’ve most likely won the race he fell in on his penultimate outing. He comfortably won a better-quality race when last seen and won first time out last season, so in turn, he won’t lack for fitness and looks a massive player from a handicapping and form perspective.

Thomas Bellamy does very well for boss Alan King and has his only ride on the card aboard bottom-weight LOVER BOY, who goes extremely well fresh (3, 2, 3, 1) and won easily earlier this year when returning from a mammoth absence to score at Chepstow. This race will demand more but he’s open to more progress and will be tuned up for this event.



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