Grade Two bet365 Hurdle Guide 2022

Louis Moir | @LouisMoir99

Wetherby - October 28 2022
Wetherby 14:00
Harry Skelton


J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Age: 7
Weight: 11-2
OR: 143
Days: 21

He finished behind last year’s winner Indefatigable in the 2021 running of the Grade Two bet365 Hurdle so he will look to come on from that to reverse the form with that mare.

Has had a few runs so far this year not managing to be competitive albeit being a fairly big price on the three occasions. Will prefer the ground conditions as good to soft and looks to get exactly that this time round.

Has race fitness which may be crucial in this 3m event so he cannot be ignored and is a big player for the Skelton team.

Wetherby - October 28 2022
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Rex Dingle


J: Rex Dingle
T: Paul Webber
Age: 9
Weight: 11-1
OR: 145
Days: 189

This tough 9 year old mare won the race for trainer Paul Webber last year beating fellow rival Proschema by 2 ¾ lengths on that occasion.

Daryl Jacob took the ride that day, but jockey Rex Dingle gets the leg up this time round and will look to make it another success in this year’s renewal.Steps back up in trip here and will be sure to give it her best effort.

Not ruled out of it, but will need to run a big race on seasonal reappearance.

Wetherby - October 28 2022
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Aidan Coleman

Thomas Darby

J: Aidan Coleman
T: Olly Murphy
Age: 9
Weight: 11-8
OR: 154
Days: 203

Another horse who likes a bit of cut in the ground and one at a slightly bigger price that you could argue should be a bit shorter.

He is the oldest horse in the race, but one who has shown his potential in previous performances.

He last ran at Aintree in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle finishing only a head behind the Nicky Henderson trained Champ.

We all know what a horse he can be, so running behind such top class acts will only have benefited Thomas Darby and maybe have improved him too.

He is an interesting runner and will suit the 3m trip back down in Grade. A live each-way contender at the very least.

Wetherby - October 28 2022
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Tom O'Brien

Sporting John

J: Tom O'Brien
T: Philip Hobbs
Age: 7
Weight: 11-6
OR: 154
Days: 287

Sporting John must be a pleasure for connections who are involved with this horse as he always seems to give it his best shot.

He has won six races from just 11 career starts with his latest success coming in early January over 3m1f at Warwick where he won well by 3 lengths that day.

He won over 3m at Cheltenham late last year when winning a Class 1 Listed Handicap Hurdle so the trip will not be an issue and he is a short price for what will be his reappearance run.

A tricky looking affair, but he may be the one to beat if returning to his best.

Major contender.

Wetherby - October 28 2022
Wetherby 14:00
A P Heskin


J: A P Heskin
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 7
Weight: 11-2
OR: 146
Days: 227

This 7 year old son of Shantou made it 4-4 this year when winning over 3m at Warwick in the Grade 2 Hampton Novices’ Chase.

In three of those four victories he went off as the favourite so he is cleary a talented individual. He has an entry for the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November so will be interesting to see what sort of run he can produce here after a 227 day layoff.

Jockey and trainer are both in good form so he may be able to threaten once again after disappointing on previous start at Cheltenham in Grade 1 company.

Wetherby - October 28 2022
Wetherby 14:00
Brendan Powell

Oscar Elite

J: Brendan Powell
T: Joe Tizzard
Age: 7
Weight: 11-2
OR: 139
Days: 203

A superb novice hurdler two seasons ago when winning on his first starts over timber in Maiden and Novice company by a combined 25 lengths.

He then took that form even further when a good second at the Cheltenham festival in the Grade One Albert Bartlett behind runaway winner Vanillier and he backed that up at the Grand National meeting when placing behind Ahoy Senor and Bravemansgame in the Grade One Sefton Novices' Hurdle.

Sent chasing last term it really took some time to get his jumping right, travelling well in races but constantly making mistakes that saw him throw races away.

He put it all together once last term when a close third in the Grade Three Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham festival.Dropped back over hurdles and since receiving a wind operation, he could be primed for a big run in this.