Silviniaco Conti will make his hotly-anticipated return to the racecourse on Saturday afternoon and the reigning King George VI Chase winner will be a red-hot favourite for Wetherby's Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase, which will take centre stage at 3:15pm.
The Paul Nicholls-trained raider won this event in 2012 and if producing his best could be a cut above his rivals, but he will have a notable adversary in the shape of Jonjo O'Neill's Taquin Du Seuil, who will be a factor if recapturing the form that saw him land the JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Philip Hobbs's Menorah has proven he is a class act on his day and he could be a major figure, whilst the likes of Cheltenham Gold Cup third The Giant Bolster and the Alan King-trained veteran Medermit will add tremendous depth to the West Yorkshire showpiece.
Elsewhere on the card, At Fishers Cross will be a warm odds-on shot for the three-runner Bet365 Hurdle at 2:40pm, as he looks to kick off his new campaign with a win, whilst earlier at 2:05pm John Quinn's Aurore D'estruval will bid for glory in the Listed OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
Down Royal will provide a top quality National Hunt meeting and First Lieutenant and Boston Bob will fly the flag for the home challenge in this Irish Grade 1 JNWine Champion Chase at 2:30pm, but they will face a stiff test from the Nicky Henderson-trained Ma Filleule and Rocky Creek, who will line up for the aforesaid Nicholls.
Wonderful Charm will be another contender lining up for the Ditcheat handler and he will be a leading figure in the Grade 2 Powers Irish Whiskey Chase at 3:05pm, where he will do battle with the quality duo of Don Cossack and Carlingford Lough.
Ascot will host the most competitive betting heat of the day as a field of 15 runners line up for the United House Gold Cup Handicap Chase at 3:35pm and David Pipe's Gevrey Chmbertin and Emma Lavelle's Le Bec are two notable runners in the contest.
Silviniaco Conti (3pts Win) - Wetherby 15:15
We will be aiming to continue our winning ways after some decent winners over the last couple of months.
As the Flat season comes to a close the National Hunt campaign will begin and we are set for a terrific few months of top quality jumping action.Â A host of top notch races will take place over the next few weeks and the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Betfair Chase will be two notable contest taking place in November.
There could be early Cheltenham Gold Cup clues on offer on Saturday afternoon at Wetherby as the Charlie Hall Chase will attract a stellar field who are bidding to use the race as a springboard to bigger and better things as the National Hunt season progresses.
Harry Topper was victorious in the race 12 months ago and scrolling down the roll of honour there's some top class horses who have won this contest and excelled over fences that season, so the winner is sure to be a notable contender for Cheltenham.
Jonjo O'Neill's Johns Spirit was a fine winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup last year and the Jackdaws Castle inmate could return to Cheltenham on November 15 to try and win back-to-back renewals of the coveted contest which is the highlight of their Open meeting.
Cheltenham Festival winner Present View is another prominent figure in a wide open betting market, with the likes of Oscar Whisky and Buywise another classy duo that could feature prominently in what is always a cracking race at Prestbury Park.
Our resident tipster Steve Chambo will be filtering through the form guides to gain those all-important winners, whilst racing presenter Tom Lee's Horse Racing Tips will be a regular addition to the tipping zone.
So, keep in touch with our tips section, as there is often a selection for the major races as they come along and they could be worth following.Horse Racing Tips
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