bet365 Charlie Hall Chase
|Grade 3 Handicap, Wetherby
3m 45y, Class 1
|Saturday 3rd November 2018
Joe Tizzard believes Thistlecrack can get his career firmly back on track this season, with the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby his likely starting point.
Now 10-years-old, Thistlecrack hasn't won a race since his brilliant King George VI Chase success at Kempton Park in December 2016.
He was beaten a month later by Many Clouds before suffering an injury that has badly curtailed him.
He had one run over hurdles at Newbury last term before going down the best part of six lengths in fifth behind Might Bite in the defence of his Kempton crown.
Wetherby is his likely starting point and, if successful, the Betfair Chase at Haydock and a clash with stablemate and Gold Cup winner Native River could loom up.
"Thistlecrack is a little bit older now so things have got to start to happen for him. We'll get him out early and get some runs into him. He'll start in the Charlie Hall first and then we'd have a look at the million-pound bonus," Tizzard said.
A million-pound bonus has been offered by Jockey Club Racecourses for the last three seasons if a horse can win the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day and the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March.
The Tizzard team plan on allowing both Thistlecrack and Native River to have a chance to win the prize, if they are both well.
"Although we don't like them to clash, there are only so many races to run them in and they are both rated highly enough to deserve to run in those races," he added.
"We couldn't be happier with them, especially Thistlecrack. He is fully over his little problems of last season and we're now hoping to have a full and successful campaign with him."
Bristol De Mai is on course to make his seasonal return here, provided conditions are suitable.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained seven-year-old could use the Grade Two prize, which he claimed 12 months ago, as a stepping stone towards a repeat bid at glory in the Betfair Chase at Haydock later in the month.
Anthony Bromley, racing manager to owners Isaac Souede and Simon Munir, said: “Bristol De Mai ran well on his last run of the season at Aintree against Might Bite. It was nice to get a solid run into him at a high level.
“The plan at the moment is to go for the Charlie Hall, then hopefully head to the Betfair Chase again. After that I’m not sure where we go, as we haven’t made any other plans.
“He is very much ground dependent. We wouldn’t want to run him on good to firm ground and if he doesn’t get to Wetherby he will have to go to the Betfair Chase first time up.”
Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase 2017
£100,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 45y, Class 1
||Bristol De Mai (FR) 6/1
||D A Jacob
|N A Twiston-Davies
|N A Twiston-Davies
||Definitly Red (IRE) 8/1
||Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 25/1
||Shantou Flyer (IRE) 40/1
||Nico de Boinville
||Village Vic (IRE) 33/1
|P J Hobbs
||Cue Card 5/2
||P J Brennan
|C L Tizzard
||Double Shuffle (IRE)
||A P Heskin
|T R George
The bet365 Charlie Hall Chase - Roll of Honour
YEAR HORSE AGE/WT OWNER TRAINER JOCKEY SP RAN
2016 Irish Cavalier
7-11-06 Andrew McIver Rebecca Curtis Jonathan Moore 16/1 7
2015 Cue Card
9-11-00 Jean Bishop Colin Tizzard Paddy Brennan 11/4F 7
9-11-10 Diana Whateley
Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 8/1 7
2013 Harry Topper
6-11-06 D J Keyte Kim Bailey Jason Maguire 5/1 7
2012 Silviniaco Conti
6-11-05 Chris Giles & Potensis Ltd Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 11/10F 6
2011 Weird Al
8-11-06 Brannon Dennis Dick Holden Donald McCain Timmy Murphy 7/1 7
9-11-00 Simon Clarke Tom George Sam Thomas 6/1 8
2009 Deep Purple
8-11-05 Paul Green Evan Williams Paul Moloney 9/2 5
2008 State Of Play
8-11-00 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams Paul Moloney 5/2F 6
2007 Ollie Magern
9-11-00 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies Paddy Brennan 11/4 7
2006 Our Vic
8-11-10 David Johnson David Pipe Timmy Murphy 6/1 10
2005 Ollie Magern 7-11-05 Roger Nicholls Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 11/4F 8
2004 Grey Abbey 10-11-06 Ken & Elinor Roper, Norman Furness Howard Johnson Graham Lee 5/1 6
2003 Ballybough Rasher 8-11-00 Comtake-Welding Engineering Specialists Howard Johnson Graham Lee 40/1 6
2002 Marlborough 10-11-00 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald 7/2 8
2001 Sackville 8-11-05 Seamus O'Farrell Frances Crowley IRE David Casey 5/1 9
2000 See More Business 10-11-12 Paul Barber Paul Nicholls Mick Fitzgerald 1/3F 4
1999 See More Business 9-11-12 John Keighley & Paul Barber Paul Nicholls Mick Fitzgerald 11/4JF 6
1998 Strath Royal 12-11-03 Lady Anne Bentinck Owen Brennan Martin Brennan 14/1 5
1997 One Man 9-11-10 John Hales Gordon Richards Richard Dunwoody 4/7F 4
1996 One Man 8-11-10 John Hales Gordon Richards Richard Dunwoody 8/11F 4
1995 Barton Bank 9-11-02 Jenny Mould David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 8/15F 3
1994 Young Hustler 7-11-10 Gavin Macechern Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 8/1 7
1993 Barton Bank 7-11-02 Jenny Mould David Nicholson Adrian Maguire 12/1 7
1992 Tipping Tim 7-11-02 Jenny Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn 11/4 7
1991 Celtic Shot 9-11-10 D E H Horton Charlie Brooks Graham Bradley 4/5F 6
1990 Celtic Shot 8-11-02 D E H Horton Charlie Brooks Peter Scudamore 7/4F 7
1989 Durham Edition 11-11-02 Robert Oxley Arthur Stephenson Alan Merrigan 33/1 7
1988 High Edge Grey 7-11-02 J B Stone Ken Oliver Tim Reed 13/2 10
1987 Cybrandian 9-11-02 Ian Bray Peter Easterby Chris Grant 7/4 4
1986 Forgive'n Forget 9-11-10 T Kilroe & Sons Ltd Jimmy FitzGerald Mark Dwyer 5/2 6
1985 Wayward Lad 10-11-06 Mrs S N Thewlis Monica Dickinson Graham Bradley EvensF 4
1984 Burrough Hill Lad 8-11-09 Stan Riley Jenny Pitman Phil Tuck 10/11JF 4
1983 Wayward Lad 8-11-10 Mrs S N Thewlis Michael Dickinson Robert Earnshaw 1/3F 3
1982 Righthand Man 5-11-07 Mrs M Haggas Michael Dickinson Graham Bradley 11/10F 10
1981 Gay Return 6-11-10 Mrs R Quinn Edward O'Grady IRE Tommy Ryan 12/1 11
1980 Manton Castle 6-11-09 Mrs M Pett Maurice Camacho Gordon Holmes 16/1 9
1979 Sparkie's Choice 6-11-09 Mrs P Brewitt Neville Crump Colin Hawkins 9/2 8
1978 Fighting Fit 6-11-09 Mrs L Carr Ken Oliver Ridley Lamb 6/5F 5
1977 Goolagong 7-11-09 H Orde-Powlett Neville Crump Mr Harry Orde-Powlett 8/1 8
1976 DH Current Gold 5-11-07 A Picken Gordon Richards David Goulding 4/1 9
Set Point 8-11-09 Lavinia, Duchess Of Norfolk Lady Herries Tommy Stack 20/1
1975 Davy Lad 5-11-07 Mrs J McGowan Mick O'Toole IRE Dessie Hughes 2/5F 5
1974 Tamalin 7-11-09 T Metcalfe Gordon Richards Jonjo O'Neill 9/4 7
1973 Dunrobin 6-11-05 Wing-Commander R Stevenson Bill Crawford S P Taylor 4/5F 6
1972 Coxswain 7-11-10 Major E Cliff-McCulloch Arthur Stephenson Mr Graham Macmillan 4/5F 8
1971 Abandoned - snow and frost
1970 Kildrummy 5-11-07 Mrs M Milne Green Bill Crawford Ron Barry 100/30 8
1969 Arcturus 8-11-10 Lady Hay Neville Crump Pat Buckley 11/4 3