bet365 Charlie Hall Chase
Grade 3 Handicap, Wetherby 15:40
£100,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 45y, Class 1    
Saturday 2nd November 2019

1 Ballyoptic 11/4
2 Elegant Escape 6/1
3 Aso 7/1
7 ran Distances: 3¾l, 6l, 16l
Time: 6m 31.55s (slow by 34.55s)

Ballyoptic failed to complete in three of his four races last season – but has won both his outings in the new campaign and connections intimated in the aftermath that he could now join stablemate Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.

Well-supported throughout the morning in anticipation of the rain which fell in the afternoon, Ballyoptic was sent off the 11-4 second-favourite behind La Bague Au Roi, but Warren Greatrex’s mare never looked happy on the heavy ground, making several uncharacteristic mistakes.

Top Ville Ben gave them a good lead and was still in front turning into the straight, although by the third-last he had been passed by Aso, with the Ryanair runner-up stepping up in trip.

Ballyoptic began to wear him down, but just when it looked like he had done enough Welsh National winner Elegant Escape began to stay on strongly, only for the line to come too soon, with the winning distance three and three-quarter lengths.

Twiston-Davies had already won the Grade Two feature with Tipping Tim (1992), Young Hustler (1994), Ollie Magern (2005, 2007) and Bristol De Mai (2017).

Sam Twiston-Davies was winning the race for the first time and said: “Nige does a very good job and as everyone knows he likes to start the season well. When you’ve had a run under your belt in conditions like that, it’s a big help.

“He gallops strong and stays well and while his jumping has been indifferent in the past he was good enough today.

“He didn’t have some of the penalties some of the others had, but he’s incredibly tough, has a great attitude and goes on the ground, so while it stays like this why not have a crack at the Betfair – you’ve got to dream.”

The trainer added: “He’ll definitely be entered in the Betfair, we’ve probably got the winner of that in Bristol De Mai, but if we can have the one-two that would be lovely.

“He’ll be handicapped out of everything now, so why not?”

Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase
£100,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 45y, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Soft

POS DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 - Ballyoptic 9 11-0 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 11/4
2
Elegant Escape 7 11-4 Colin Tizzard Tom O'Brien 6/1
3
6 Aso 9 11-4 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 7/1
4
16 Definitly Red 10 11-6 Brian Ellison Danny Cook 5/1
5
8 Top Ville Ben 7 11-0 Philip Kirby Sean Quinlan 17/2
F / - Molly The Dolly 8 10-7 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 16/1
PU - La Bague Au Roi 8 10-10 Warren Greatrex Richard Johnson 5/2F

The bet365 Charlie Hall Chase - Roll of Honour
 
YEAR  HORSE     AGE/WT OWNER       TRAINER    JOCKEY   SP  RAN
2018 Definitly Red 
2017 Bristol De Mai  6-11-06 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede   Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob 6/1 8
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
2014 Menorah   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
2010  Nacarat     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