The second day of the bet365-sponsored Charlie Hall meeting takes place on Saturday, live on ITV, and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway is here to mark your card.
The Bet Boost At bet365 Handicap Chase (1.15) kicks off the ITV action and The Paddy Pie has been overlooked in the market. He might be value for another course-and-distance win.
The Paddy Pie has dropped to a mark 7lb lower than when recording his last win at the course in December and is 12lb lower than when a close second at the track in January on soft going.
He is evidently well handicapped if he can recapture his form back at his favourite track and he shaped like he would improve for the run when fourth on his seasonal reappearance at Warwick last month. He moved menacingly turning for home, but faded badly in the straight.
That should have put The Paddy Pie spot on for this race and he has had no problem handling testing ground in the past. Ross Chapman, who rode him to his last win, is a positive booking.
The bet365 Mares’ Hurdle (1.50) comes up next and there are some big names in the line up, including last season’s Cheltenham winner You Wear It Well. Luccia and Kateira also come here with big reputations and that may mean there is some value on offer about Stainsby Girl.
The Nick Alexander-trained mare is in her element when the mud is flying and her form figures on heavy ground read 2212151. She looks certain to get her conditions in this race.
Stainsby Girl was improving at the end of last season and comes here searching for a hat-trick on her reappearance, following two wins at Newcastle, the last of which was on heavy going.
She recorded a quick time on that occasion and was successful on her reappearance last year following a 274-day absence. That is enough to convince me she will be ready to go for this.
The bet365 Hurdle (2.25) looks like a match between the top-class stayers Thyme Hill and Dashel Drasher and, with conditions looking certain to be testing, Dashel Drasher is the pick.
Dashel Drasher’s figures on heavy ground read 112 and he was in the form of his life on better conditions last season, when the pick of his runs was a second in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham behind Sire Du Berlais. He looked set to win that day only to be caught late on.
A reproduction of that form will probably be good enough to make a successful reappearance and it’s easy to forgive his below-par run at Aintree in April on the back of such a hard race.
Trainer Jeremy Scott rarely leaves much to work on first time out, so I expect Dashel Drasher to be ready to go following a 203-day absence, and he should be able to outclass these rivals.
The Never Ordinary At bet365 Handicap Hurdle (3.35) concludes the ITV action at Wetherby and Haafapiece rates a good bet to win the race for the second time in the last three seasons.
Haafapiece has dropped to a mark 6lb lower than when successful two years ago and spent most of last season running off marks from which he had no chance of winning. He has finally dropped to a perch from which he can score and it’s no surprise he is returned here.
His record at Wetherby reads 1242313184 and his last two wins have come at the track, including when successful on a soft surface in January 2022. He was also in the process of running well on his one start on heavy going at Sandown five years ago only to fall at the last.
He evidently should have no problem with the testing conditions and Haafapiece’s win in this two years ago came on his reappearance too, so the 232-day absence shouldn’t be a concern.
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