Chocala primed for Chepstow

  • By: Wayne Hutchinson
  • Last Updated: December 27 2013, 16:22 GMT

Top jockey Wayne Hutchinson previews his rides this weekend at Chepstow and Doncaster.

Wayne will be on the promising Chocala at Chepstow
Wayne will be on the promising Chocala at Chepstow

I am really looking forward to riding Chocala in the Grade 1 juvenile event at Chepstow on Saturday after his third in what was then the hottest three-year-old event of the season at Newbury last time.

He will have got plenty of experience from that outing and loved soft ground on the Flat so hopefully will cope with conditions very well.

He was good stayer on the Flat and saw two miles out well and this race should be right up his street.

He has got a bit of scope and has always looked like he would make up into a nice juvenile hurdler.

Seventh Sign is a winner around Chepstow, won't mind the soft ground so these are conditions I would like to think will suit him in the handicap hurdle.

You would have to say he was disappointing last time at Newbury but a stiffer test on softer going will hopefully see him in a better light.

He wears blinkers again and he is quite laid back so perhaps a change of headgear will sharpen him back up again.

I am afraid I can't tell you anything about Electric Mayhem for Nick Mitchell in the maiden hurdle.

It will be the first time that he jumps a hurdle in public and all his form has been in bumpers. He will want to be able to handle soft ground as it will be pretty testing.

I am at Doncaster on Sunday and ride Mart Lane again for Richard Newland in the three-mile handicap chase.

He was third over course and distance and is a straightforward little horse. He has the blinkers on this time and hopefully they can bring out the little bit of improvement he needs to get his head in front.

He is running off near enough a career-high mark and perhaps he may have reached his ceiling but in the right race, maybe he can win again.

I ride Steel Summit for Dave Dennis on the card as well and again I could not tell you a lot about him. A lot his horses are young, chasing types with a future so hopefully he can have a nice introduction.

I managed to pick up a ride on Fred Le Macon at Towcester on Boxing Day in the closing bumper and he basically got bogged down in the ground on the way to finishing fourth.

He travelled away nicely and I was very happy along the bottom of the track but the ground was really testing from what would have been the back of the third last and up the home straight.

It was very chewed up as conditions had deteriorated by the last race and he did not handle the worst of it. He is better than that and he will go and see a hurdle now as that was his fourth and final run in a bumper.


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