Britain’s highest rated pursuer should be able to fight back after a crash at his last start and finish second at the West Yorkshire circuit.
Cyrname may be able to set a victorious blowback and race the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (15.20) in Wetherby on Saturday afternoon.
Paul Nicholls’ star can return with a win, while Lisnagar Oscar, Black Corton, Malaya, Alba Rose and Capeland can also score on Saturday.
He crashed at his last start at Ascot in February after he was far behind his stable mate Clan Des Obeaux at King George in Kempton for three miles. He is the class number in the race and is still open for further improvements during this longer journey.
Although he runs better with his right hand and still has to prove himself on this three-mile journey, he should still be able to prevail.
The eight year old, trained by Paul Nicholls, could have returned to his beloved ascot but would have had to give up weight lumps in Berkshire. So his ditcheat handler sends him to Wetherby, where he does better with his rivals.
Lisnagar Oscar landed a 50:1 victory in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in Cheltenham last March. But the seven-year-old, trained by Rebecca Curtis, can prove that it was no accident that she returned victorious in the second class in the hurdle race of w365 (Registered As The West Yorkshire Hurdle) (14.45).
Although several of his rivals – including the last two winners of the Charlie Hall Chase, Definitly Red and Ballyoptic, and former top-class hurdler Sam Spinner – claim to be able to prove his class on the way to a return to first class.
This seems the ideal starting point for a likely return to Cheltenham to defend his crown in the spring.
Lisnagar Oscar was third behind Paisley Park in the Cleeve Hurdle and has knocked out a great winner of the big tournament at Prestbury Park – he has finally reached his full potential.
It could be a day for favourites in Wetherby as Nicky Henderson’s Verdana Blue looks good for victory in the Listed bet365 Mares’ Hurdle (2.10pm) to build on her second place finish after Silver Streak at her return to the season in Kempton.
At the Flat in Newmarket Mark Johnston’s Alba Rose can win the stakes at the Listed British stallion stud EBF Montrose Fillies (14.05 hrs).
Others who could triumph at Wetherby include another from Stable Curtis, Financial Outcome, in the Prize Promise at bet365’s Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Staying Chase Series qualifier) (12.25pm); Dan Skelton’s Ashtown Lad, trained by Ashtown Lad, in the bet365 Novices’ Hurdle (GBB race) (1pm); and The Paddy Pie from Stable Sue Smith in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle (3.55pm).
Over seven furlongs at headquarters, she finished third in Group Two of the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes, advancing up to a mile and gaining a few places in the listed company.
The Zakouski, trained by Charlie Appleby – ridden by William Buick, a fan of Liverpool FC – is still easily in the race and can win the stakes of the Listed Bet In-Play At MansionBet Ben Marshall (3:15 p.m.).
Stable mate Marie’s Diamond could also take the lead for the first time since June in a 3-2 win in the Listed Bet In-Play At MansionBet James Seymour Stakes (14.40).
Martyn Meade’s Aspiration – who recently emerged victorious at Yarmouth – could once again score in the MansionBet Trick Or Treat Handicap (15.50).
After several victories in Meydan earlier this year, the four-year-old returned to fourth place after seven furlongs in Newmarket, and can also reach a few places better if he gets a mile further.