Tuesday 24

Horse Racing Previews

Henderson charge to Be the one

21st December 2017, 09:35 by Will Rooney

The toteexacta Novices' Chase is the centrepiece at Towcester and one exciting runner makes his debut over the larger obstacles.

RATHER BE was a progressive hurdler last campaign and should improve for going over fences. The son of Oscar tops BTO+ ratings heading into the extended 2m contest and he should be right in the mix. Rather Be was a five-length ninth to Ballyandy in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in 2015 before making an impact over timber. Nicky Henderson's charge was well backed for the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at the Festival last term but unseated rider Charlie Deutsch at the second flight after being badly hampered in running. Nevertheless, Rather Be got a deserved success under his belt three weeks later in the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle at Aintree. Jeremiah McGrath rode his mount prominently and the six-year-old displayed an admirable attitude to battle to a half-a-length success. Rather Be finished last of eight on his final start in the bet365 Select Hurdle at Sandown, but that run can be forgiven after a long season against plenty of classy hurdlers. The gelding should be well refreshed and ready to kickstart his chase career. Nico De Boinville takes the reins on Rather Be for the first time and the jockey shows a 23% better than expected strike rate riding over the minimum distance.

WAR SOUND won't go down without a fight, however, and is second-best rated by BTO+. Phillip Hobbs has already had two chase starts - and on both occasions he has been defeated by talented Henderson prospects. The Kayf Tara gelding, who earned an official rating of 148 over hurdles, made his debut over fences at Uttoxeter in November and finished a six-and-a-half length third to River Wylde. Then, last time out, War Sound was forced to play bridesmaid to the exciting Brain Power at Kempton. War Sound meets another exciting Seven Barrows novice chaser but he has experience on his side, which will stand him in good stead. The ground is in the eight-year-old's favour, with War Sound boasting an 80% better than expected win rate on the good to soft going.

KAYF BLANCO has been unable to make a real impact over fences. Rated as highly as 140 over smaller obstacles, the eight-year-old hasn't threatened in his two chase starts. He fell on his debut over larger obstacles at Huntingdon in May before finishing a 30-length second at Newton Abbot last time.

RUBY RAMBLER is the final runner in the contest. Lucy Wadham's Notnowcato mare has her first run for over 18 months. The seven-year-old earned a rating of 135 over hurdles and could develop into a decent chaser, but Ruby Rambler's lengthy absence is a major concern.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Will Rooney

More Horse Racing Previews

Horse Racing Previews

Who Dares Wins At Huntingdon

24th April 2018, 09:30

Young Chaser To Take Stepping Stone On Way To Better Things

Horse Racing Previews

We're At Crosse Purposes In Yorkshire

23rd April 2018, 09:19

Dixon Sprinter Ready To Fire Home

Horse Racing Previews

Have A Little Faith In Appleby Sprinter

21st April 2018, 07:57

In Form Eight Year Old Ready To Win Again

Horse Racing Previews

Back To Favourite Course For Ten Year Old

20th April 2018, 10:15

Quick Return To Produce Win For Morgan Veteran

Horse Racing Previews

Second To Be First At Ripon

19th April 2018, 10:21

Conditions Suit Progressive Three Year Old In Handicap

Horse Racing Previews

Frost And Good Ground Point To A Winner At Cheltenham

18th April 2018, 10:14

Conditions Fine For A Night Of Love

Recent Sport Headlines


Pereira ready for first-team opportunity

24th April 2018, 19:43

Watford Under-23 star Dion Pereira insists he will do all he can in the summer to force his way into the first-team squad.

Swansea City

Rangel hoping for final push from fans

24th April 2018, 19:38

Swansea defender Angel Rangel has urged the club's supporters to get behind their side as they take on Chelsea this weekend.


Cherries striker set for summer exit

24th April 2018, 19:26

Lewis Grabban seems set to leave Bournemouth in the summer regardless of whether or not Aston Villa attempt to sign him outright.

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield won't be signing former midfielder

24th April 2018, 19:21

Scott Arfield seems unlikely to make a return to Huddersfield this summer as reports claim he is set to join Rangers.

Atletico Madrid

Los Colchoneros ready to risk keeper exit

24th April 2018, 19:05

Atletico Madrid are not planning contract talks with keeper Jan Oblak despite reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

Stoke City

Shawcross hoping for late push

24th April 2018, 19:04

Stoke centre-back Ryan Shawcross has admitted that his team need to win their last three matches to avoid relegation this season.


Diaz set for Lyon return against Nantes

24th April 2018, 19:01

Lyon star Mariano Diaz should be able to feature on Saturday against Nantes after returning to training.


Yoshida focused on league status

24th April 2018, 18:24

Southampton centre-back Maya Yoshida has urged his team to move on from their FA Cup disappointment as they try to avoid the drop.