13:55 Chepstow Sat 24 February 2018

  • Pertemps MPS Network Maiden Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 3f 100y, Soft
  • 15 Runners
  • Winner£4,094.002nd£1,202.003rd£601.004th£301.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:5m 4.8sOff time:13:56:47
1
611-3OR:
250/1
Performed as his 100/1 price suggested in a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter last time and no reason this step up in trip should make a big difference.
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2
250/1
Pulled up in two starts over hurdles so far having never figures in his only bumper. Very difficult to build a case for off the back of such poor efforts.
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3
811-3OR: BF
5/2
Bumper winner way back in late 2015 and has an interrupted career with only three starts since. Not too far away in third at Exeter last time and is entitled to improve for that effort here.
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4
611-3OR:
4/1
Fairly useful on the Flat and made a promising start over hurdles at Wincanton earlier in the month. Could well find more for this step up in trip.
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5
511-3OR:
25/1
Didn't seem to improve for his sole run in a bumper on debut over obstacles at Taunton last time out. Finished third there and no surprise to see him go fairly close.
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6
711-3OR:
9/1
Point-to-point winner in March 2016. Off since and may need the run but encouraging that the second and third from that race have won under rules since.
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7
511-3OR:
33/1
Won a point-to-point but not impressive in two runs over hurdles so far, first when racing far too keenly and then unseating last time out. Step up in trip a positive but still makes limited appeal.
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8
711-3OR:
100/1
Was returning from an absence when well-beaten at 150/1 on hurdling debut last time out. May do better here but still doesn't look up to winning a maiden hurdle based on his bumper form.
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9
611-3OR:
11/4
Showed marked improvement at Exeter last time out to go close at a price having placed on hurdling debut and won a point-to-point. A similar level of progression would see him go close.
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10
711-3OR:
8/1
Handled conditions better than most when C&D runner-up last month. Never a threat to the leader there but could go closer if improving his jumping this time.
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11
611-3OR:
50/1
Placed in a couple of points but that's only fair form and yard is 0/12 in maidens in the past five years.
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12
510-10OR:
100/1
Beat only one horse home on debut at Doncaster in January in a bumper. Sent over hurdles here and no obvious reason she should show the requisite marked improvement.
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13
810-10OR:
100/1
1/14 in point-to-points before beaten 55L on debut over hurdles/under rules last time. Tough to imagine her coming on too much for that run.
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14
710-10OR:
20/1
Slightly disappointing on debut over hurdles last time having placed in a few bumpers, but she may well have needed the run after a long absence and better can be expected here.
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15
610-10OR:
20/1
Third in a point-to-point which is working out well in terms of form and has now joined a top yard, but has been off for almost a year.
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Non-Runners

16
Let's Sway245
410-0OR: -
T: Mrs Tracey Barfoot-SauntJ: Charlie Hammond

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Forza Milan511-311/8
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Killian Moore

Betting

Forecast

Blu Cavalier (5/2), Mount Rushmoore (11/4), Champagne Champ (4/1), Snuff Box (8/1), Garran City (9/1), Costante Via (20/1), Gnarly (20/1), Cotswold Way (25/1), Kings Monarch (33/1), U No Like (50/1), Monthyne (100/1), Boola River (100/1), Belle's Theatre (100/1), Let's Sway (100/1), Ballymagroarty Boy (250/1), Amerton Lane (250/1)

Verdict

Not many of these have shown enough to prove competitive in a big-field maiden hurdle but MOUNT RUSHMORE definitely has. A point-to-point winner who has placed both in a bumper and a maiden hurdle he should be suited by this step up in trip and has shown he handles give underfoot. He shaped as if he should improve for the run at Exeter last time and could be the one to side with here. Multiple Flat winner Champagne Champ and recent C&D runner-up Snuff Box are others of interest.
  1. Mount Rushmoore
  2. Champagne Champ
  3. Snuff Box

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