Wetherby’s NAP: SHAN BLUE | 3:05pm bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2) | Dom’s Pick
Cyrname was an impressive winner of this contest last campaign but he looks short enough given what he now has to prove after being pulled up on his last two starts.
Therefore, Dan Skelton’s gelding, who gets 3lb off the aforementioned Paul Nicholls representative, looks the one to be on given that he won at this track on two occasions as a novice last year.
The undulations of Sandown Park and Cheltenham clearly haven’t suited but the return to a flat course should be right up his street, with the step back up to three miles no concern having won the Kauto Star in December.
NB: THOMAS DARBY | 2:30pm bet365 Hurdle (Grade 2)
The admirable Paisley Park will have his merry band of followers on his seasonal debut here and he clearly stands out on ratings under Aidan Coleman, but Olly Murphy’s son of Beneficial ran a cracker on his first effort over this trip at Aintree in April.
He was well clear of Indefatigable that day and left the impression that he can be a live contender in this division this campaign, with Sean Bowen doing the steering on this occasion.
Warren Chase are now back amongst the winners and look to hold strong claims here.