Coneygree favourite for Charlie Hall after rain hits Wetherby

Tue 31 Oct 2017

By staff

Coneygree is as short as 7-4 for the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday after rain hit the West Yorkshire racecourse.

Horse Racing - 2015 Cheltenham Festival - Gold Cup Winners Parade - Old Manor Stables Coneygree is out to avenge his Betfair Chase defeat to Cue Card on Saturday (PA)

Wetherby did not receive the downpours seen in some local areas, but the three millimetres which did fall was gladly accepted in some quarters.

"It's very good news," said assistant trainer Sara Bradstock.

"I've been told all along the ground is likely to be good to soft and if that is the case, off we go.

"He'll be better for the run, but this race could have been framed for him to make his comeback."

Coneygree is a best-priced 9-4 with the sponsors, while main rival Cue Card is 11-4 with Coral. Defintly Red is now now better than 8-1.

Clerk of the course Jonjo Sanderson explained that while neighbouring villages saw more rain than actually fell at the track, conditions should be almost perfect for the returning stars, with Cue Card, More Of That and Bristol De Mai in the mix.

"We actually had five millimetres at Tockwith where I live just down the road, but the track only got three," said Sanderson.

"Nevertheless, while I would have liked a bit more, it was gratefully received.

"I've just walked it at noon and it is predominantly soft and good to soft in places.

"I can't see it changing much, to be honest. The forecast is settled for cold nights, heavy dews and very little wind through the day so not particularly drying conditions."

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