Charlie Hall Chase Date is 2nd November 2019
Type: Grade 2 race (3 miles)
Trial race for the Gold Cup
2019 Charlie Hall Chase Key Runners
To be announced
1st – Ballyoptic – J.: Sam Twiston-Davies / T.: N A Twiston-Davies
2nd – Elegant Escape – J.: T J O’Brien / T.: C L Tizzard
3rd – Aso – J.: Charlie Deutsch / T.: Miss V Williams
See full results below
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Charlie Hall Chase
With horses not yet fully race-fit for the season and with 18 fences to be jumped, the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby over 3 miles is a genuine test of a steeplechaser.
The race has been on the go since 1969 and has always been thought of as a genuine Gold Cup trial. It has Grade 2 status, a £100,000 prize fund and this year will be run on Saturday November 2nd.
The Charlie Hall, at least among its winners as you’ll see below, hasn’t had the best record in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in recent times but yet it is always contested by top quality horses and it would be folly to dismiss any placed finishers in this race in the context of the Blue Riband at Cheltenham in March.
1985 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Forgive ‘n Forget made his reappearance in this race in 1986, winning it, but Wetherby is itching for a Charlie Hall winner to go to score in the big one.
Charlie Hall Chase 2019 Results
|1st||Ballyoptic||Sam Twiston-Davies||N A Twiston-Davies||op 3/1 tchd 7/2|
|2nd||Elegant Escape||T J O'Brien||C L Tizzard||op 13/2 tchd 7/1|
|3rd||Aso||Charlie Deutsch||Miss V Williams||no extra run-in tchd 6/1 and tchd 15/2|
|4th||Definitly Red||Danny Cook||B Ellison||op 11/2|
|5th||Top Ville Ben||Sean Quinlan||P A Kirby||op 8/1 tchd 9/1|
|6th||La Bague Au Roi||R Johnson||W Greatrex||tchd 11/4|
|7th||Molly The Dolly||Harry Skelton||D Skelton||fell 11th|
Charlie Hall Chase Stats & Trends
Just 5 out of 19 favourites have won this race since the millennium, which is unusual for a high-grade conditions race. Even taking out the unusual 40/1 winner in the sequence, the average SP of Charlie Hall winners has been almost 5/1 so it seems you are better off looking for value and ignoring short-priced favourites.
You can couple this trend with the fact that 14 out of 19 winners have been aged 8 or over. Often younger horses who are improving come with a bit of a reputation and as such can be shorter in the market, but it appears that experience really counts in this race so stick with the solid form shown by the better 8-10-year-old runners.
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Past Charlie Hall Chase Winners
2018 was a year in which the Charlie Hall Chase broke up badly, only four runners eventually going to post. The favourite, perhaps unsurprisingly coming from a big yard, was Paul Nicholls’ Black Corton at 5/4 who was to be ridden by Bryony Frost.
Double Shuffle was next in at 5/2 and at 3/1, quite a decent price in a 4-runner contest, was local trainer Brian Ellison’s solid previous Gold Cup sixth Definitly Red ridden by Danny Cook.
Experience, as is usually the case in this race, was to count greatly too as Ellison’s star chase got to the front after the seventh fence and made the rest of the running, scoring in the end by two lengths from Black Corton who had no answers up the straight.
18 different horses over the last 20 years have won the Charlie Hall, only Ollie Magern and See More Business being double-winners, and here is a list of everything from the year 2010 on along with how they subsequently fared at the Cheltenham Festival:
|2018||Definitly Red||9||Danny Cook||Brian Ellison||Brought down in Gold Cup|
|2017||Bristol De Mai||6||Daryl Jacob||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Did not race|
|2016||Irish Cavalier||7||Jonathan Moore||Rebecca Curtis||Pulled-up in Gold Cup|
|2015||Cue Card||9||Paddy Brennan||Colin Tizzard||Fell in Gold Cup|
|2014||Menorah||9||Richard Johnson||Philip Hobbs||Did not race|
|2013||Harry Topper||6||Jason Maguire||Kim Bailey||Did not race|
|2012||Silviniaco Conti||6||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||Fell in Gold Cup|
|2011||Weird Al||8||Timmy Murphy||Donald McCain||Pulled-up in Gold Cup|
|2010||Nacarat||9||Sam Thomas||Tom George||Did not race|