Betting Preview: ITV Racing Saturday 31st October
Betting on Down Royal & Wetherby Races
The jumps action continues this weekend on ITV with a number of exciting races to look forward to. There is Grade 2 action from Wetherby, and Grade 1 action from Down Royal as well as a number of exciting races live from Ascot.
Down Royal 14:25- Ladbrokes Champion Chase
One of the first Grade 1 races of the jumps season takes place on Saturday, as the Ladbrokes Champion Chase takes place at Down Royal. There will be a number of recognisable horses in the field for this race, as it is run over three miles. Road To Respect won the last two instalments of this race for trainer Noel Meade.
Gordon Elliott trains the two favourites in the field for this year’s instalment, with both Delta Work and Presenting Percy both having strong cases to win this race.
Delta Work ended the season disappointingly with a fifth-place finish in the Gold Cup, but the blue ribbon event will once again be the aim this season. That defeat came after back-to-back wins at Leopardstown, and it’s hard to bet against the favourite to get the win in this Grade 1 race.
However, the most intriguing horse in the field that could be worth a bet is The Storyteller. This nine-year-old, who is also trained by Elliott, has won three from four in 2020, with the most recent of his wins coming in the Irish Daily Star Salutes Our Frontline Heroes Chase at Punchestown. He will be worth a bet for gamblers this weekend.
Wetherby 14:45- The Bet365 Hurdle
The exciting racing continues with a competitive looking Bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby. This race has been run since 1990 and is run over three miles. Previous winners of this race include Tidal Bay, Colin’s Sister and The Worlds End.
There is no doubt who the favourite will be heading into this race as Thyme Hill will be looking to re-find the form that she had prior to the Cheltenham Festival. The six-year-old was disappointing at the festival as the Phillip Hobbs-trained horse finished in fourth in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. That defeat ended a run of four straight victories, and it will be interesting to see Thyme Hill back on the track this weekend.
Next Destination and Copperhead are both interesting selections, as Next Destination has four from five starts. However, the eight-year-old hasn’t raced since winning the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle in 2018. Like Thyme Hill, Copperhead’s form also eluded him at the festival, as he went into the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase after winning four straight. However, we expect Copperhead to rediscover that pre-Cheltenham form in this race.
Wetherby 15:20- Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase
The most exciting race of the day will take place at 15:20 in the form of the Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase.
There are two previous winners of the race in contention this year, including last year’s winner Ballyoptic. However, there are an esteemed number of well-renowned jumps horses in this race looking to take his crown away.
Ballyoptic has good recent form, as he has won three from first starts, which includes a win in his last start at Ascot in February. The ten-year-old has also won on both previous starts at Wetherby.
Black Corton and Definitly Red are also standout contenders, but it’s hard to look past the heavy favourite in the field.
Cyrname is the standout horse in the field, and will come into this looking to rediscover his very best form. Boxing day defeat at Kempton derailed this eight-year-olds season, but it remains one of the most exciting horses in training. It will be exciting to see him back racing, but this will be his first run at Wetherby. That means that we are picking last year’s winner as our tip for this race.