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Todays meeting at Chepstow brings the start of the National Hunt season, while at Newmarket we are winding down for the season and we bring you the best from both meetings before we head to Ascot next Saturday for Champions Day….
Charlie gives you his Chepstow Selections while Rich has 3 from Newmarket in his final Word column….
Chepstow kicks off its jumps campaign with some very interesting races, the opener at 2.10 is a bit of a minefield with several previous winners in the lineup, including Diomede des Mottes who won at Warwick in March over 2m 5f. Was then put away before undergoing wind surgery prior to making a winning return at Southwell over 3m on the 1st of October beating Len Brennan by 1 and 1/4 lengths is up in grade here. Echiquier won last time out at Hexham over 2m 7f on the 4th of October beating Elle Est Grande by 13 lengths, although there was only 3 running in that race and today’s race is a lot deeper. Ruthless Article has won last 2 starts at Bangor-On-Dee on the 30th of August over 2m 4f when beating Winding Roe by 12 lengths. Won again at Newton Abbot on the 20th September over 2m 6f when beating Shaman Du Berlais by 3 and 1/4 lengths. Then we have the undefeated Some Day Soon who has won last 4 starts, the win sequence began with a 2 and 1/2 length victory over Iconic Muddle over 2m 2f at Fontwell on the 19th May. Won again at Kelso on the 26th May over 2m when beating Valentino Dancer by 7 lengths. Was then sent to Hexham on the 15th June and landed the hat-trick when winning over 2m on the 15th June beating Bloorieddotcom by 9 lengths. Stratford was the next target and Some Day Soon landed the 4 timer when beating Ruthless Article by 2 lengths over 2m on the 21st July. Then you have Thyme Hill who placed 3rd at Cheltenham in March for the Hobbs Yard and the Paul Nichols trained Trevelyns Corn who won at Wincanton in March over 2m 4f.
Verdict – Echiquier is worth siding with here to take the spoils as Daryl Jacob who is on board today has a 60% success rate when teaming up with Nigel Twiston Davies at Chepstow and at around 13-2 at time of writing is worth an Eachway selection.
2.45 is another interesting race with several horses that appear to have modest form, including the Paul Nichols trained Flic Ou Voyou who won 2 bumpers at Wincanton over 1m 7f last season before finishing 10th at Cheltenham in March over 2m. Then we have Proschema for Dan Skelton who makes National Hunt debut after having finished 3rd in the Northumberland plate over 2m. Colin Tizard runs recent point winner Ofalltheginjoints who was purchased for €75,000 after winning by 3 lengths over 3m, had pulled up in both point races prior to that win.
Verdict – these 3 should fight it out for the win but Flic Ou Voyou is priced at evens and Proschema is priced around 2-1 but I feel the value bet here is for Ofalltheginjoints at 5-1 and is worth an eachway play.
3.55 is a fantastic race for the veterans that sees old favourites go head to head and could give a few hints for the National further down the line, with the likes of Vieux Lion Rouge, The Young Master, Theatre Guide, Henryville, Dell Arca, Perfect Candidate and On Tour on show. Most of these are having 1st start since April with only Henryville, Dell Arca and Regal Encore having ran since then. Regal Encore was well beaten at Galway over 2m 7f on the 19th July. Henryville was 2nd at Cartmel over 3m 1f on the 26th August when beaten 11 lengths by Traditional Dancer. Dell Arca fell last time out at Listowell over 3m back in September. Although Vieux Lion Rouge was well beaten at Aintree back in April last year when midfield in the National that was won by Tiger Roll, Vieux Lion Rouge always runs his race and although this is considerably shorter distance than he normally runs over, he should kick off his campaign with at least a place in this race as he moves onto another tilt at the National.
Verdict – Vieux Lion Rouge for me has most scope to get involved here even though the trip is shorter than ideal, although has form over 2m 7f previously most notably at Ascot when finishing 4th back in February last year and was 2nd at Aintree over 3m 1f back in December last year. Was available around 12-1 last night but is now as short as 7-1 in places and is worth an eachway play here.
Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stake small so it doesn’t hurt your pockets. I will now hand you back over to Rich for The Final Word.
Final Word with Rich –
Thanks Charlie, i know how excited you are with to get your teeth into some nice NH cards and look forward to the season ahead.. I still have a couple of weeks of Flat racing to keep me occupied, so here are my 3….
Newmarket – Good to Soft…
1.50 Cornwallis Stakes… Group 3… 2YO Only… 5f….
Platinum Star… 3 & 1/2 length winner of a Ripon Listed 6f race last time out from Lamberth Walk on August 26th. Finished 5th to Pinatubo in the 7f Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. A short head 2nd to Royal Lytham in the 6f Group 2 July Stakes at this course and finished 2nd by 1/2 a length in a 5f Ascot Listed race on Soft ground in June…
DANGER…. Lazuli… 2 from 2. Was a 6f winner here on debut by 2 & 1/2 lengths and landed a Doncaster 6f Class 2 on September 11th by a nose, with 3rd from the race since winning….
3.35 Fillies’ Mile… Group 1… 2YO Only… 1m….
Love… 3 wins in 2019 including in July when landing the 7f Sliver Flash Group 3 Fillies’ Stakes at Leopardstown by 3 & 1/2 lengths. Unplaced in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes in August before bouncing back on September 15th to land the 7f Group 1 Moyglare Stakes by 3/4’s of a length from Daahyeh, who has since won the Group 2 Rockfell Stakes here on September 27th and in 6th was Albigna, who won the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp at the weekend…
DANGERS….. Cayenne Pepper is 3 from 3 this term and landed the 1m Group 3 Flame of Tara Stakes by 2 & 1/2 lengths on August 30th
Quadrilateral, who is 2 from 2 and was last seen winning a 7f Class 2 Conditions Stakes at Newbury by 9 lengths on September 20th. Supplemented for this race…
5.20 Pride Stakes… Group 3… 1m 2f…
Fanny Logan… Has won 3 1m 2f Listed races on the bounce at York, Salisbury & Yarmouth last time out by 3 lengths. Has 4 wins over 1m 2f. Only defeats at 1m, 1m 3f & 1m 4f. Same Jockey & Trainer combination won this race last season…
That is everything for you today folks…. WE may have a nice surprise for you over the weekend so keep your eyes open… Thanks for popping by & your continued support
All the Best… Charlie & Rich
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