Charlie Hall Chase: Fusil Raffles takes advantage of Shan Blue fall to take Wetherby feature | Racing News

Fusil Raffles took advantage of a fall at the third-last fence from Shan Blue to land the Grade Two Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in dramatic fashion.

Shan Blue and Harry Skelton had picked up the lead around the turn from favourite Cyrname – who was subsequently pulled-up – but then took a crashing fall when 15 lengths clear of the field.

That left Fusil Raffles in front, a position he would hold up to the line for Daryl Jacob, ahead of Kitty’s Light for Jack Tudor and Clondaw Castle under Johnny Burke.

Shan Blue running at Wetherby
Shan Blue running at Wetherby

Shan Blue and Harry Skelton were both unharmed, with the horse trimmed into 10/1 with Sky Bet for the King George Chase at Kempton despite the late fall.

The victory for Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old gave Jacob a Grade Two double on the day, having earlier landed the bet365 Hurdle on Indefatigable.

Fusil Raffles runs this weekend in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby
Fusil Raffles gallops on at Wetherby

Speaking after the race, Dan Skelton, trainer of Shan Blue, said: “The horse is alright, Harry’s alright. Good jumpers, when they have a fall, they have a bad fall. It wasn’t very nice but he’s OK, he’d have hacked up.

“The fence is in the wrong spot, what can you do? It’s happened to Ruby Walsh. These things happen. I was delighted with him, we know he’s a very, very good horse.

“He’s in the Hennessy and he’ll have an entry in the King George. We’ve just got to see, but it was terribly frustrating.

“Everyone’s all right, it’s just racing. One minute you’re winning a two-mile race with Molly Ollys Wishes, the next minute that happens.

“You can’t dwell on it, the horse is OK, we know he’s a good horse. We’re missing a trophy today, but at least we’re not missing a horse.”

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