The Towton Novices’ Chase, one of a trio of G2 contests that are held at Wetherby each year, takes place on Saturday. Blaklion won this race, in 2016. Who are among the big cats, in our current ante-post market?View Ante-Post Market Now!
The Golan-sired gelding was a little inconsistent, in 2016. He pulled-up, in the Pertemps at Cheltenham, but only found Two Taffs unbeatable in a Class 2 handicap at Ayr and gave that horse a full stone in weight. Missed Approach then disappointed, in a weaker race at Exeter following an awful blunder 7 fences from home. A terrific performance at Lingfield, where he beat Label Des Obeaux by 6 lengths (on level terms) was a very encouraging start to 2017 though.
Rock The Kasbah
The 7-year-old stunk the place out, at both Cheltenham and Aintree in the Spring and was mothballed until the Autumn. He came back strong, beating the likes of Clan Des Obeaux at Chepstow and staying on for 3rd in decent company on his return to Cheltenham. Made a dog’s breakfast of the 11th fence, in the G2 Noel Novices’ Chase and that arguably cost him victory. Can be a major player, in this clash.
Value At Risk
Was kept busy in 2016 with 6 outings, beginning with a fall at Huntingdon. Returned to the Cambridgeshire venue and finished 2nd in a strong handicap, before beating the likes of Dedigout when scooping the G2 Irish Strawberry Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Last seen at Bangor, in October, when winning a competitive 4-runner contest. No outings, since then, is a little concerning though.
Racing At Wetherby
This Yorkshire racecourse used to only hold National Hunt fixtures, but flat racing now also takes place here. However, the big races are all over the jumps and include the following;
The Wetherby Mares’ Hurdle, the G2 West Yorkshire Hurdle, the G2 Charlie Hall Chase, the G3 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase and the Castleford Chase.
There are 3 enclosures, on the course. The Premier Enclosure can be found within the Millennium Stand and you will be expected to dress fairly smartly (although not formally) in this area. The Paddock Enclosure is where you will find most of the bookmakers, while the Course Enclosure costs the least to enter.
A day at Wetherby won’t set you back too much, whichever tickets you buy. General admission ranges from £2 to £27 and a warm Yorkshire welcome awaits you at this friendly and down-to-earth venue.View Ante-Post Market Now!