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Trooper Turnbull
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A difficult Novices Chase to begin the card, with Away at Dawn and Burrows Diamond closely matched on their meeting at Hexham last month, but TROOPER TURNBULL ran very well at Newcastle on his seasonal return and could be the answer. Having been held up at Newcastle, he made good late headway before tiring, which was understandable given that it was his first run since December. The winner of that race, Brelan D’as, won again last week to boost the form and Trooper Turnbull could prove to be much better than a mark of 117.

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A competitive looking Juvenile hurdle but the obvious starting point is SKYCUTTER. He was a very decent horse on the flat in France and has run equally well since moving to Phillip Kirby’s yard, finishing 4th in the November handicap on his most recent outing at Doncaster. If he can replicate that form over hurdles, he could be hard to beat at a track that should suit him perfectly.

Oscar Robertson
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A difficult handicap hurdle to solve, but OSCAR ROBERTSON ran like a horse badly in need of the outing when finishing 6th at Newbury 3 weeks ago. He won at Wetherby in November 2019 and the step up to 3-miles could bring out further improvement now he has had a run to blow away the cobwebs. Tom Georges runners return a healthy profit at Wetherby, and he could be the answer here.

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Not the deepest Novice hurdle and so PARISENCORE should be able to make amends for a 2nd placed finish at Kelso last month. Nicky Richard’s son of Walk In The Park bumped into an above average type at Kelso and was never able to get on terms. However, he had pulled clear of the rest by the closing stages and a repeat of that effort will probably be enough to land this event.

Some Reign
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Darling Du Large has won 3 of her last 5 and may not have finished improving, but this is a much deeper race than she is used to contesting so it may be worth taking her on with SOME REIGN. He beat some very solid yardsticks at Musselburgh 3 weeks ago and a 4lb rise for that win could have been worse. This race should be run to suit, and he could continue Rose Dobbin’s good run of form.

Walk Of No Shame
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Very little significant form to go on but WALK OF NO SHAME looks the part on paper and could making a winning start for Jonjo O’Neill. She is a half-sister to 2 bumper winners, including the talented Ultimate Getaway and so it would be no surprise to see her make a winning start.

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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