Wetherby betting tips: Wholestone and Smackwater Jack fancied on Saturday supporting card

The Wetherby betting tips for November 3 from Horsebetting.com look at the supporting card on Charlie Hall day. Wholestone is clear of the field on ratings in the Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle over 3m, so rates the NAP of this meeting. Smackwater Jack is the next best of this seven-race card and taken to land the novices’ hurdle. Oscar Rose, meanwhile, looks a solid each-way bet in the Listed 2m mares’ hurdle for trainer Fergal O’Brien. Our Wetherby betting tips for November 3 have more on a great day of racing.

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Wholestone can go one better in West Yorkshire Hurdle

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has had the usual decent start to the season with his horses, so Wholestone is taken to go one better than last year and make a winning reappearance in the 3m Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle on Charlie Hall day (15:15). The Simon Munir and Isaac Souede owned seven-year-old has won five and been placed in eight of his 16 starts over timber, and holds a victory over the trip on the forecast good going.

Wholestone has come third to Penhill at the last two Cheltenham Festivals, having landed the Bristol Novices’ Hurdle and the Classic either side of Christmas in 2016-17. Connections kept him over the smaller obstacles last season and he returned to action when a close-up fourth to Court Minstrel in the Grade 3 Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow.

Although then beaten a couple of lengths in this very race 12 months ago, Wholestone was trying to give a 7lb sex allowance to tough mare Colin’s Sister. That told in the end as he was upsides her two out and kept on without being able to match the winner.

While Wholestone was an off-key last of six to Beer Goggles in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury, he never really travelled in the race. Something was clearly amiss, and that proved to be the case as he resumed winning ways next time up when scoring by 3 1/4 lengths from mudlark Agrapart in the Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day.

Given his tremendous record at Cheltenham, Wholestone was soon back at Prestbury Park for the Cleeve Hurdle, but met Agrapart on 3lb worse terms and the form was reversed. He managed to the turn the tables on Colin’s Sister to avenge that Wetherby loss in both these outings, however, and was then far from disgraced when beaten just five lengths by Penhill in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

The winner came into the Cheltenham Festival a fresh horse, whereas Wholestone had five runs under his belt. It’s also worth remembering that the runner-up Supasundae landed the ultra-competitive Coral Cup 12 months earlier and won Grade 1s in Ireland either side of his Stayers’ Hurdle second.

With Wholestone then chasing home Identity Thief in a weak renewal of the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree and then a 22-length third in Sandown’s Select Hurdle, it was a tough campaign. He still had the beating of Old Guard – his closest rival on ratings here – throughout, however, and on official figures has 5lb and upwards in hand on the field on a mark of 158.

As he’s won first time up in two of the last three seasons, Wholestone has a good record fresh and looks a worthy favourite for yet another Grade 2 success. He thus rates our NAP of the seven race-card despite top weight and heads the Wetherby betting tips for November 3.

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Smackwater Jack also fancied on hurdles bow

In the class 3 2m novices’ hurdle earlier on the card (12:55), Smackwater Jack looks worth a wager to break the maiden tag for in-form trainer Olly Murphy. The four-year-old faces six rivals here and was just touched off by a nose on his sole start in a bumper at Fakenham back in April.

The third horse home that day Earlofthecotswolds won his next start, so that advertises the form nicely. As the first three also pulled a further 11 lengths clear, it has a solid look to it. Smackwater Jack is by Flemensfirth out of an Old Vic mare, so is bred to stay further.

He also the least exposed in this line-up and the booking of Aidan Coleman is an eye-catching one. Everything points to a huge run from Smackwater Jack and this looks a nice point to kickstart his hurdling career with victory. It’s for that reason he’s the next best bet among our Wetherby betting tips for November 3.

Oscar Rose a solid each-way bet in Wetherby Mares

Trainer Fergal O’Brien had a winner on this card 12 months ago with the aforementioned gutsy mare Colin’s Sister. His Oscar Rose looks a solid each-way bet in the Wetherby Mares’ Hurdle, a Listed contest over 2m (14:05), on the pick of her form.

The six-year-old daughter of Oscar ran a huge race on her final bumper start when half-a-length runner-up to Dame Rose in a Grade 2 at Aintree. Although she remained a maiden over hurdles last season, that does not tell the full story as Oscar Rose ran some solid races in defeat and was also unlucky on a number of occasions.

She unseated regular rider Paddy Brennan when badly hampered during a hot mares’ handicap hurdle at Cheltenham back in December and was similarly inconvenienced next time up at Doncaster when third to Woolstone One. Oscar Rose then saw her saddle slip at Taunton and the jockey had to ride without irons as a result.

A return to a sounder surface saw her raise her game when beaten just four lengths into third in a Listed race back at Cheltenham in April. While Oscar Rose has something to find to turn the tables on the re-opposing Whatzdjazz, who was second that day, that one has run below par in a couple of handicaps this season.

Oscar Rose made a winning return to action when making all at a brisk pace and bolting up by 15 lengths at Worcester 10 days ago. In a far weaker renewal of the Wetherby Mares’ Hurdle than last year, she thus appeals each-way in a race where a case can be made for most and completes our Wetherby betting tips for November 3.

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