ONE MAN NOVICES' CHASE TOPS QUALITY CARD AT WETHERBY ON SATURDAY
Wetherby stages a seven-race programme over Jumps on Saturday (December 3), with the most valuable contest being The One Man Novices' Chase over three miles and one furlong, which remembers and pays tribute to one of the best steeplechasers of recent times, One Man.
The imposing grey captured the respect and admiration of the racing public, winning 20 of his 35 races, including several big-race victories such as The Queen Mother Champion Chase, The King George VI Chase (twice), The Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, while he was a dual winner of one The Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in 1996 and 1997. One Man was owned by John Hales and his daughter, Lisa, and the Hales Family, as well as sponsoring this race for stayers, also provides a challenge trophy for the successful owner in Saturday's £15,000 race. The current equine star for the Hales family, Azertyuiop – a former winner, like One Man, of The Queen Mother Champion Chase – is currently sidelined through injury.
The last two runnings of this race have produced classy winners in Quazar (last year) and Our Armageddon.
The Skybet Press Red To Bet On Channel 4 Handicap Chase is also contested over three miles and one furlong, while The Rocom Handicap Hurdle over two miles is supported by regular sponsors of racing at Wetherby, The Rocom Group of Thorp Arch – specialists in the distribution of leading brands of I.T. and telecoms products.
York Mailing, one of Europe's leading web offset printers, sponsor for the first time at Wetherby, when they support a Handicap Chase over the extended two and a half miles' while the afternoon's card also includes the second running of National Hunt Flat race over the shorter distance of one mile and three-quarters for three-year-olds which are about to begin their careers over Jumps – a contest supported by The European Breeders Fund.
Racing on Saturday begins at 12-10 p.m. and musical entertainment is provided by The Ceilidh Band.