Wednesday’s race of the day – Preview and tips for the feature Handicap Chase at Wetherby

Jon Vine takes a look through the runners set to contest the feature Handicap Chase at Wetherby and highlights the horse he’ll be backing on Wednesday 27th November.

In addition to our daily tips page, I’ve taken a look through the betting for the race of the day at Wetherby, the two-mile Handicap Chase and sided with a consistent chaser to claim his first victory over fences.

Wednesday’s Race Of The Day at Wetherby

Duke Of Navan

Managed to win the last time he ran off his mark of 140, but that was almost two years and seven appaearances ago. Lost out by 45 lengths on bottomless ground on return to action at Cheltenham. Nicky Richards’ eleven-year-old will need to show stark improvement on that if he wants to get involved.

Dustin Des Mottes

Has so far failed to win in five starts since arriving from France. Best result so far came on only start over two-miles though, losing out to Azzerti by just half-a-length. Only beaten six-lengths on his reappearance at Newbury and could be a danger dropping back in trip.

Ecu De La Noverie

Has managed to place in all four of his starts over fences, but has failed to finish within four lengths of the winners. Ran well to place second over course-and-distance on reappearance and was simply outpaced by better-handicapped rivals at Kempton the last day. Big player.

David Maxwell scored wearing his own colours on Jatiluwih at Cheltenham a few weeks ago.

Hawk High

Won twice in four outings as a novice last season, including a smart course-and-distance triumph in November. Boasts strong claims, but he’s in with a couple of younger rivals who hold significantly more potential and all of his wins have come on good ground.

Hollywoodien

Ended 2016/17 campaign with rating of 142, having won a couple of good races and placing in a Grade Three Handicap Chase at Newbury. Hasn’t been seen since then and it would be a marvelous training effort from Tom Symonds to have his eight-year-old ready to compete in what looks a hot handicap.

Niven

Bolted up in a novice chase at Hexham last December, where he seemed to relish heavy ground. Beaten in four outings since then and really struggled on his reappearance, finishing 40-lengths behind winner here at Wetherby. Should appreciate drop in trip though.

Nuts Well

Reached career-high mark of 143 12 months ago after a smart handicap triumph at Kelso. Has suffered ten straight defeats then and travels to Wetherby two pounds lower than his last winning mark. Has the ability to contend, but there are better-handicapped options.

Verdict

Dustin Des Mottes has the ability to be a big player and certainly has the ability to improve on his current rating over two miles. However, I feel the conditions of the race will suit ECU DE LA NOVERIE (7/2 William Hill) more and I’ll be siding with David Maxwell’s mount.

Philip Hobbs’ charge dealt with top-weight pretty well at Kempton last time out, staying on for third behind two rivals who had a little more flat pace. Maxwell took the ride on his own horse here over course-and-distance in October, but found himself a little far back at a crucial moment. Hopefully Maxwell will have learned from that error and position his mount more prominently around this nippy track. If he does, then Ecu De La Noverie has enough about him to break his duck over fences.