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    Horse racing at Wetherby

    The first recorded horse racing at Wetherby took place on Scaur Bank, but in 1891 a racecourse on York Road was founded. Although recent developments in the calendar have seen flat meetings go ahead in the summer, Wetherby is best known for hosting National Hunt action. Throughout the jumps season, three Grade 2 races in particular may give punters clues to the Cheltenham Festival. The West Yorkshire Hurdle over approximately 3m in November can serve as an early trial for horses aimed at the Stayers’ Hurdle, formerly the World Hurdle, that is the day 3 feature at Prestbury Park. Cole Harden delivered in both these races, using front-running tactics to great effect at Wetherby and then Cheltenham. Also at that November meeting is the Charlie Hall Chase over 3m 1f and Burrough Hill Lad famously won it it 1984, along with the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury and King George VI Chase at Kempton in the same calendar year. Other Cheltenham Festival winners to have also landed the Charlie Hall Chase include See More Business and Cue Card. The third Grade 2 race comes in February in the Towton Novices’ Chase also over 3m 1f, and 2016 victor Blaklion went on to land the RSA Chase on day 2 of the Festival.

    Wicked Wetherby tips at Hurdle Bet

    Get wonderful Wetherby tips at Hurdle Bet because the above are great examples of how racing at this venue fits into the Festival. During the busy Christmas period, this course holds a two-day meeting on Boxing Day and December 27. The Grade 3 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase, again over 3m 1f, is the highlight of the festive action. In 1986, The Thinker took this en route to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory later on in the same season. It’s the 2m Castleford Chase the day after which famously attracted dual Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Viking Flagship to Wetherby. This formerly enjoyed Grade 2 status, but is now run as a handicap over fences. Wetherby thus reveals plenty when it comes to Festival form, so get the top tips from there courtesy of Hurdle Bet.​