Charlie Hall Chase tips: Our experts’ best bets for Saturday’s 3.05 at Wetherby

Paddy and the gang deliver their best bets for Wetherby's big race on Saturday.


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The Charlie Hall Chase is the feature on a super seven-race card at Wetherby on Saturday, October 30.

Cyrname came out on top in last year’s renewal but failed to finish on his next two starts and missed the rest of the season before a wind operation over the summer. Paul Nicholls’ classy chaser is back to defend his title on his seasonal debut but faces six rivals in the 3.05pm.


The likes of Clondaw Castle, Shan Blue, Fusil Raffles and Kitty’s Light are lurking in the field so you can be forgiven for wanting to swot up before having a punt.

Luckily, Paddy Power horse racing tipsters like Ruby Walsh and Matt Chapman are on hand to deliver their best bet for the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase 2021 and you can read their verdicts below.

Ruby Walsh: “Cyrname is in the same bracket as Paisley Park when you’re trying to work out how far they’ve fallen. For that reason, I’m going to take him on and I’m with SHAN BLUE. He was very good in the early parts of last season but did slightly trail off. Shan Blue is a little older and he’s got enough runs considering he’s seven years old. Three miles on a flat track like Wetherby will suit him perfectly.”

Matt Chapman: “CLONDAW CASTLE improved and stepped up to this trip last season and might be able of an upset for Tom George and Jonathan Burke. His success at Kempton two runs ago was impressive and he went on to chase home Clan des Obeaux at Aintree at a distance of twenty six lengths. Clearly getting only 2lb from a peak form Cyrname will be tough and the latter has had a wind operation. But Cyrname has only completed once in his last four starts and I have to take him on.”

Mick Fitzgerald: “CYRNAME has had a wind operation and first time out looks to be the best time to catch this him. He was impressive here last season and he then went to pot after that run, but he has been away to gallop and Paul Nicholls is confident he’s ready. Clondaw Castle’s trainer Tom George is worried about the ground as they have watered the track and there is rain forecast.”

Paddy Power: “The two P’s next to Cyrname is enough to put you off – I still wouldn’t be surprised if he won though – so I’m going with SHAN BLUE for Dan and Harry Skelton. The ground could be ideal which is always a bonus.”

Timeform: “Last year’s impressive winner CYRNAME again holds a clear edge on form and given his excellent record when fresh too he is fancied to get right back on track after a second wind op. Improving second-season chaser Shan Blue could emerge as the main danger to Paul Nicholls’s top-class 9-y-o with the reliable Clondaw Castle rated next best in a fascinating renewal of the Charlie Hall.”

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