By Dave Nevison
I am looking forward to what is a nostalgic annual trip to Wetherby for the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase, a meeting we used to take a coach trip to when I was probably less than 10 years old. I seem to remember I always backed the winner in those days, but it seems to have got tougher in recent years!
Hopefully I will have already got a few quid on board before the big chase by backing Miss Night Owl in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at 2.05.
There are several who will be hoping to announce themselves as big race contenders in this event and La Bague Au Roi is definitely the one that has the best form in the book so far.
She might have already shown that she has a ceiling to her ability, and she definitely performed best on quicker ground last season, so I want to oppose her.
My selection represents a combination that really hit it off last term and I expect Tom George and Adrian Heskin to have plenty of winners again this season.
Miss Night Owl is thoroughly game and genuine, as she showed when making all at Stratford on her reappearance.
She has to beat the same mare again, but I expect her to progress and if she does she will certainly give the favourite something to get past.
Lil Rockerfeller almost always runs above himself in high quality races - witness the Stayers’ Hurdle last season when he looked sure to win.
The thing is for me is that he has not won a race for more that 18 months, and I get scared about backing these ones at short odds.
Wholestone was in great form last autumn and ran up a sequence, despite not jumping well.
His trainer is in terrific form and he might improve lengths if he gets his jumping sorted and he could be a real contender – surely he was schooled over the summer. I will pay to find out if that is the case this afternoon in the Bet 365 Hurdle at 2.40.
At Ascot I am going with another who will be top class if he has been taught to jump.
I can scarcely believe Jenkins is running in a handicap at all, given the impression he made as a bumper horse. He gets one chance with me, and if he has not learnt he will be given the sack. If he has, then he will undoubtedly win the 3.00.
Dave Nevison's Saturday tips: (Prices correct at 8am)
2.05 Wetherby: Miss Night Owl at a generally available 13-2
2.40 Wetherby: Wholestone at a generally available 7-2