Charlie Hall Chase
First run in 1969, the Charlie Hall Chase, run at Wetherby, is one of the first major Jumps races of the season. Run over three-miles, the race is open to horses aged five and over and is for National Hunt chasers over eighteen testing fences.
Horses that run have aspirations of running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup later that season or even the Grand National at Aintree.
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The race is the feature of Wetherby racecourse's season. It is run on the Saturday of the meeting and it part of 14 races that are run at the track over the two days, including two listed races on the Friday and the Grade 2 John Smith's Hurdle, along with the Charlie Hall, on the Saturday.
The established and very significant Charlie Hall Chase, which has been sponsored by Bet365 since 2003, has a glittering roll of honour. It is known as a race that has the knack of producing multiple winners with six horses doing the double.
The classy Wayward Lad, Celtic Shot, Barton Bank, One Man, See More Business and Ollie Magern have all won the race twice and etched themselves into Wetherby racecourse folklore.
Cheltenham is usually a destination for the winner to rise to later in the season and four horses have won both the Charlie Hall and the Cheltenham Gold Cup albeit not in the same season.
Davy Lad won at Wetherby in 1975 and the Gold Cup two years later. The others, Burrough Hill Lad, See More Business and Forgive N'Forget were Gold Cup winners when they came to Wetherby.
The 2012 renewal was won in nice style by previous course winner Weird Al, who had been moved stables from Ian Williams to Donald McCain before tasting success.
The 7/1 shot beat Time For Rupert by nearly four lengths but failed to build on his win he was beaten in all his remaining starts, including in the Grand National.
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