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Cosmos Raj

Having twice made the frame in three starts in novice/maidens on the all-weather, Cosmos Raj showed further improvement to be runner-up on handicap bow at Kempton this month when tackling 7f for the first time. He was no match for a ready winner in that race 11 days ago, but he looks to have been found a good opportunity going up to the mile on his turf debut from a 1lb higher mark and, as a result, is expected to go well for trainer David O'Meara.

Chookie Dunedin

It wouldn't be a shock to find improvement forthcoming from handicap debutant Al Tarmaah, but preference is for proven performer Chookie Dunedin. The Keith Dalgleish-trained six-year-old was very consistent during his all-weather campaign, winning twice, and has gone close on both turf starts at Doncaster and Catterick over this 7f trip since the new season got underway. He's still well enough treated on his best AW form and should notch a success on the grass before too long.

Many A Star

Another very open handicap, as is the norm on this Wetherby card, but one in which Many A Star should go well for new handler Brian Meehan. The son of Starspangledbanner progressed nicely last season as a three-year-old, picking up wins at Doncaster and Yarmouth over 6f on quick ground. He made the switch to this trainer over the winter and certainly appeals as one that can win races from his current mark. He has Hollie Doyle on board and was a winner on his comeback last season, so there's every reason to forecast a big run on Sunday.

Good Earth

Good Earth finally got on the scoresheet at the 17th time of asking when taking a 5f Nottingham apprentice handicap last week in the hands of Saffie Osborne. He was well-backed for that seasonal return and came through to win well at the line on similar ground to what is forecast here. A 4lb rise looks entirely fair and, given that he stays 6f, this extra half-furlong won't put him off. Having waited for his initial success, he can double up quickly.

About Wetherby Racecourse

One of Yorkshire’s premier winter jumping tracks, Wetherby’s seasonal feature has provided the springboard to Grade 1 success in the past. Since its inception in 1969, eight horses have landed the Charlie Hall Chase at the venue en route to a King George VI Chase victory over Christmas.

Wetherby itself is a left-handed, slightly undulating track, that can pose a real test to novice chasers and hurdlers. In 2015, flat racing was added to Wetherby’s fixture list, with year-round racing now on the cards.

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