Run at Wetherby racecourse the Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase is a Grade 2 contest run over 3m1f. With 18 fences to be jumped this gives National Hunt fans an early season chance to see some of the top chasers back on the track, and can often provide a good guide to the main jumps festivals later in the season.
We take a look back at recent winners and gives you all the stats that matter ahead of the Charlie Hall Chase (2nd Nov 2019) race – did you know that 12 of the last 17 winners were aged 8 or older?
Recent Charlie Hall Chase Winners
2018 – DEFINITLY RED (3/1)
2017 – BRISTOL DE MAI (6/1)
2016 – IRISH CAVALIER (16/1)
2015 – CUE CARD (11/4 fav)
2014 – MENORAH (8/1)
2013 – HARRY TOPPER (5/1)
2012 – SILVINIACO CONTI (11/10 fav)
2011 – WEIRD AL (7/1)
2010 – NACARAT (6/1)
2009 – DEEP PURPLE (9/2)
2008 – STATE OF PLAY (5/2 fav)
2007 – OLLIE MAGERN (11/4)
2006 – OUR VIC (6/1)
2005 – OLLIE MAGERN (5/2 fav)
2004 – GREY ABBEY (5/1)
2003 – BALLYBOUGH RASHER (40/1)
2002 – MARLBOROUGH (7/2)
Charlie Hall Chase Betting Trends
15/17 – Were having their first run of the season
15/17 – Rated 151 or higher
14/17 – Returned 7/1 or shorter in the betting
14/17 – Had won over at least 3m over fences before
12/17 – Aged 8 or older
12/17 – Had won at least 4 times over fences before
11/17 – Ran at either Ayr (3), Aintree (6) or Cheltenham (2) last time out
10/17 – Aged 8 or 9 years-old
10/17 – Placed favourites
7/17 – Had run at Wetherby before (3 won)
6/17 – Finished 1st or 2nd last time out
4/17 – Winning favourites
3/17 – Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies (5 wins in total)
2/17 – Trained by Evan Williams
Nigel Twiston-Davies has won the race in 1992, 1994, 2005, 2007 & 2017
The average winning SP in the last 16 runnings is 7/1
JUICESTORM VERDICT: The Brian Ellison-trained DEFINITLY RED will be looking to become the first back-to-back winner of this race since See More Business (1999 & 2000) and he’s certainly got a chance. The yard are in good form too, having won the Old Roan Chase last weekend, while his form at the track reads well 2-1-3-1. He beat Black Corton, by 2 lengths last year in the race, but is now 3lbs better off with that Nicholls runner. He’s a horse that goes well fresh too and acts on all ground – he ticks a lot of boxes. The Colin Tizzard yard took this in 2015 with Cue Card and also have a big chance with Elegant Escape. Last season’s Welsh National winner has stamina in abundance and is another that goes well fresh – I’d just be worried if he’ll find this 3m trip a tad on the sharp side. The improving Aso is another to note for the Venetia Williams yard, while the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard are always respected in this race, having won it 5 times – they run the proven CD winner Ballyoptic, who looks a big player too after his easy comeback win at Chepstow 3 weeks ago. Top Ville Ben is another CD winner here and hails from the Philip Kirby yard that have a 42% record with their chasers here. However, the two at the foot of the weights – Le Bague Au Roi – and MOLLY THE DOLLY (e/w) can give last year’s winner most to think about. Le Bague Au Roi has won 4 of her 5 chase starts and gets a handy 10lbs from Definitly Red too, plus is also a course winner over hurdles here. However, Molly The Dolly might be the better value. She gets in here with just 10-7 and the Dan Skelton yard are another that like having winners here. Jockey Harry Skelton also has a 34% record riding over fences at the track and with 3 wins from 4 since switching to the bigger obstacles, she’s a mare that should have more to come.
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