Talking Horses: best Friday racing bets for Wetherby and Wolverhampton

David Pipe could get a Wetherby winner with What A Moment, who was good enough to score at Cheltenham in November

Ludlow’s card could not escape the overnight frost and was abandoned this morning, but the news is better from West Yorkshire, where Wetherby’s seven-race card over jumps has passed an inspection and will go ahead as planned, albeit with one fence — the last open ditch in the back straight — omitted in all chases.

The novice handicap chase is the most valuable race on the card, and probably the most interesting from a punter’s point of view, as it is currently betting to a margin of just 3%. None of the seven runners can be dismissed out of hand, as even Shanroe Santos, the 11-1 outsider of the field, had form over hurdles a couple of years ago that would give him every chance off today’s mark, but What A Moment (1.35), who makes the long trip from David Pipe’s yard, looks the safest bet at around 4-1.

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