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As the flat season draws to a close, the National Hunt season started yesterday at Chepstow. The nights are drawing in & the clocks will soon be falling back on Halloween….
We have plenty to get stuck in to today, so lets get started…
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Todays GOING –
Newmarket – Good
Chepstow – Good
Hexham – Soft
York – Good to Soft
4.45 – Darley Stakes (Group 3) over 1m 1f
Selection – Mostahdaf – 3 year old Colt out of Frankel and Handassa. Has had 5 career starts winning 4 times, beginning with a 4 and 1/2 length victory over Ego Trip at Newcastle on the 16th March. Was then sent to Kempton for next start and won again, beating Imperial Sands by 1/2 length on the 5th April. Won again on next start at Sandown on the 20th May when beating Highland Avenue by 1/2 length. Was badly hampered on next start at Ascot on the 15th June finished 12th as a result of that interference. Resumed winning ways at Sandown on latest start in listed company, when beating Escobar by 1/2 length on the 15th September. If showing up in same mindset for todays race should be thereabouts again, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Barney Roy who has won 3 times in last 5 starts.
2:25 – Native River Handicap Chase – Selection: Cap Du Nord
The Jumps season is beginning to hot up and this Handicap Chase sees the return of some good horses. The locally trained Cap Du Nord enjoyed a fine campaign last season and looks on a competitive mark for his first race of the season. He may be the second string today from the Christian Williams stable, but he can get closer to his stable mate Kitty’s Light due to the decrease in distance from Sandown’s Bet365 Gold Cup. 2m 7½f on good ground should suit Cap Du Nord down to the ground. The form of his second to Royal Pagaille at Christmas last year reads well. Cap Du Nord is a reliable sort and he has his ground today. At around 8/1 he makes some each way appeal. The Mighty Don won at this meeting last year and can also go well at at a decent price.
2:45 – Campbell & Rowley For Corporate Events Handicap Hurdle – Selection: Sheriff Garrett
An interesting little Class 3 Handicap Hurdle is the fourth race on Hexham’s card today. Course specialist Sheriff Garrett should give us a good run for our money today. The Triple course winner has ran twice here recently over a slightly shorter distance than today’s 2m 7½f test, finishing second and third. Unlike quite a few in here he has race fitness on his side and the step up in trip should help him. Soft ground holds no fears as Sheriff Garett has won here on soft going in the past. He shouldn’t be too far away on his previous form. Irish raider Dakota Beat is an intriguing rival whilst Justatenner is another big danger.
My 2 are all about POTENTIAL for the future…
2.20 Autumn Stakes – Group 3 – 2yo Only – 1m…
United Nations – Galileo X Christmas Kid Colt.
1 run to today, which was on September 16th at Naas in a 7f Maiden. The Galileo colt won by 1 & 1/4 lengths, leading from 2f out & staying on through the line. The 3rd from that race has since won a 1m maiden at Navan. Today he steps up to 1 mile & takes on some more experienced horses & could spring a surprise.
Plenty of potential for 2022… EACH WAY
3.30 Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle – Grade 3 – 4yo Plus – 2m 3f 100yds…
The Wrekin – Shirocco X Sapphire Flame 5yo gelding.
4 hurdle starts in 2021 with 3 wins & a runner up place. Hurdle debut was over 1m 7f at Ludlow in March in a Novice hurdle, class 4, finishing 2nd. He has since won at Ludlow (1m 7f) & Warwick (2m 5f) both Class 4 novice hurdles, so todays trip is no issue.
Was a last time out winner at Heham in a class 3 2m Novice Hurdle on June 12th, going on by 1/2 a length.
Big step up in grade today but has plenty of potential… EACH WAY
That is everything for you today folks…. Thanks for taking the time to pop by & we really appreciate your support.
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Good Luck – The Arseonlineracing Team