Value Charlie Hall Chase challenger tops Saturday’s C4 trixie

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Now we know the jumps are back, with National Hunt racing’s campaign ‘curtain raiser’ the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase coming up at Wetherby, with plenty of quality backup on Channel 4.

To mark the occasion, we’ve plucked out three value bets:

NAP – 15.20 Wetherby – Blaklion

The last two winners of the Charlie Hall Chase – Cue Card and Menorah – are back and priced up at 4/6 favourite and 10/1, but both are at least a decade old.

Each of the past 11 winners were nine or under, so go right down the middle and plump for Nigel-Twiston Davies’ Cheltenham Festival RSA Chase winner.

Blaklion looks around the right age at seven-years-old, carries 5lbs less than Colin Tizzard’s favourite and has Wetherby form in the bank from Grade 2 Chase success last February.

Next Best – 14.25 Ascot – Festive Affair

Remarkably, bottom weights won this in both 2012 and 2014, so looking down the card could pay dividends.

Dan Skelton’s 11/4 favourite Yorkist doesn’t carry too much at 10-12, but he’d be the best-backed winner in a decade at those odds, with no horse returned shorter than 9/2 since 2006.

Right at the foot of the weights, carrying 3lbs fewer than any other horse in the race, Jonjo O’Neill’s contender – who hasn’t finished outside the first three in his past four starts – looks ominous.

Lively Longshot – 15.35 Ascot – Un Ace

Kim Bailey’s runner endured a wretched 2015/16 campaign, the highlight being an eighth-place in the Pertemps Hurdle at Cheltenham, but Un Ace’s last win came on this track 19 months ago, and he hasn’t been back since.

They’re sticking with the eight-year-old over fences despite his fall last time out at Uttoxeter in April, after losing faith at certain points last season a reverting to the smaller obstacles.

Bailey must see a chaser in Un Ace yet. He could be interesting over this 2m7f trip.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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