Tip Of The Day: About a Boy

  • By: Ian Brindle
  • Last Updated: February 23 2013, 11:08 GMT

While most eyes will be on the big meeting at Kempton, Chepstow stage two decent contests as part of their seven-race offering.

Victor Dartnall: Trainer of Shammick Boy

The Tony Wright 50th Birthday Celebration Hurdle (15:55) is one such race and there appears to be plenty of reason to be confident about the chances of SHAMMICK BOY.

Victor Dartnall's charge was officially rated as high as 137 by the assessor as a novice - and while his chasing career had one notable highlight - a 16/1 boilover at Exeter as his two rivals (Menorah and Sam Winner) failed to complete - connections have clearly taken the view that hurdling is where his future lies.

The eight-year-old dropped a heavy hint at Taunton in a race that has produced a couple of future winners, and that impression was confirmed as he did all but win at Wetherby last time out.

Admittedly a 6lb rise for that effort could be viewed as a penalty without winning but even allowing for that, today's revised mark of 125 does not look unfeasible.

Whitby Jack was the subject of plenty of market support last time and though he failed to justify that confidence at Ascot, he gets an attempt to make amends off the same mark.

Gary Moore's six-year-old can pull hard in his races and Andrew Glassonbury, who rides him for the first time, will need to settle him early in order to get home in the gluepot conditions.

I had visions of Landscape being a possible contender for Cheltenham honours earlier in the season so today has to be considered as something of a drop in sights for Paul Nicholls' charge.

Tried in Group Three company on the Flat in France, he won well at Exeter in November but he disappointed badly at Wincanton on his most recent outing, and though we haven't seen the winner, Gevrey Chambertin, since - the others to have come out of the race have done nothing to boost the form.


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