Wednesday preview: Racecard, analysis and tips for the feature handicap chase at Wetherby

WEDNESDAY'S card at Wetherby has attracted plenty of the top northern training brains and it looks a very decent meeting.

We've looked at the Make The Most Of Racehorse Ownership With The ROA Handicap Chase, the afternoon's feature over two miles.

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With only 8lb separating six of the seven runners, this is almost a conditions race rather than a handicap.

Former Cheltenham Festival winner Hawk High is the obvious starting point here.

Tim Easterby's nine-year-old hasn't been seen yet this season but finished last campaign with an encouraging victory at Newcastle and surely has more to come over fences.

He's only 1lb higher for that victory and has won over C&D, so can't be discounted.

However, the one to be with could be ECU DE LA NOVERIE.

He wasn't given the greatest of rides when second at the track two starts ago, and again was too far off the lead at Kempton last time.

Provided his rider can get him a little closer to the pace now, it would be no surprise to see him run a big race off what still looks a very tasty mark.

The drop back to this trip looks a good move and he's been threatening to get his head in front for a while.

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Dustin Des Mottes has a chance for a trainer who's firing on all cylinders, and his return at Newbury in a stronger race than this was more than respectable.

Niven's return behind Crievehill has been boosted by the winner but he finished some way behind that day and you'd want to see a lot more this time, while the same comments apply to Nuts Well, despite the fact he's dropped to a winning mark.

Duke Of Navan is another who's dropped to his last winning mark and this is much easier than some of the contests he's taken part in recently, but he's rising 12 and could find his best days are behind him.

Hollywoodien had some smart from when last season but it would be some feat from Tom Symonds to get him to win after 999 days off the track.

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