Cyrname takes on six rivals as he bids for Charlie Hall double

Thu 28 Oct 2021

Cyrname will face six rivals when he attempts to win back-to-back renewals of the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

Paul Nicholls’ nine-year-old was a comfortable winner of the race last year but was pulled up in two subsequent starts and underwent a wind operation during the summer break.

Nicholls is looking for a fifth win in the race and should he be successful, Cyrname would join some truly great names as a dual winner of the race, with the likes of Wayward Lad, One Man and Nicholls’ own See More Business having doubled up.

Watch how Cyrname prevailed last year

Dan Skelton has started the season in good form and he runs Shan Blue, a Grade One winner as a novice last season.

The second-highest rated runner in the field is Tom George’s Clondaw Castle, who progressed through the handicap ranks to finish second in a Grade One at Aintree last April.

Mighty Thunder runs for Lucinda Russell. Winner of the Scottish National last season, Russell has opted to run in a Graded race first time out rather than carry a big weight in a handicap.

Nicky Henderson, without a win in the race since Marlborough in 2002, is represented by Fusil Raffles, who has already had one outing this season when a respectable second to Bravemansgame attempting to concede 12lb.

Christian Williams runs Kitty’s Light, only five but second in the bet365 Gold Cup last season and narrowly beaten on his return to action at Chepstow.

The field is completed by a locally-trained runner, Phil Kirby’s Top Ville Ben, winner of the Rowland Meyrick at the track in 2019.

Paisley Park has been declared for the bet365 Hurdle, better known as the West Yorkshire Hurdle, with Emma Lavelle hoping the forecast rain materialises.

Winner of the Long Walk last season, he was a gallant third when trying to regain his Stayers’ Hurdle but pulled up at Aintree.

Thomas Darby was a fine third in the Aintree race and looks a worthy challenger as does Master Tommytucker, who is unexposed over the smaller obstacles.

Ask Dillon, Proschema, Slate House and Indefatigable all run as does the Charles Byrnes-trained Run For Oscar in a field of eight.

There are seven in the bet365 Mares’ Hurdle including Miranda, Molly Ollys Wishes, Fiveandtwenty and Marie’s Rock.

Paul Webber is one trainer who is hoping a deluge stays away before the bet365 Hurdle – in which he is set to run Indefatigable.

A Cheltenham Festival winner in 2020, Indefatigable had a recent run on the Flat at Pontefract – and it was a successful mission, as she stayed on well to win by half a length.

Saturday’s Grade Two, known as the West Yorkshire Hurdle, is set to feature former Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park – but with her allowances, Webber’s mare will receive plenty of weight.

“I hope we don’t get too much rain, but the intention is to run,” said Webber. We managed to get a run on the Flat into her, and the thinking behind that was that in the past she’s tended to be better in the spring.

“This year we wanted to crank her up a little bit earlier, so we went to Pontefract, which worked out great, and hopefully it’s a springboard to the autumn.

“Looking at her rating and given the allowances she gets, she’s not far away from the best of them.”

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