16:45 Chepstow Sat 13 October 2018
- Chepstow Contract Rentals 10 Year Anniversary Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (Class 1)
- 2m 3f 100y, Good (Good to Soft in places)
- 18 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Useful over hurdles and won two novice chases before his progress halted at Uttoxeter last month. Looks to have a stiff task returned to hurdling.
Looked good when winning at Aintree last November, but flopped off a much higher mark on two subsequent runs in more competitive company. Stable in better form now, but looks to have a tough assignment at the weights.
Staying-on fifth in this race last year, but failed to kick on in two subsequent starts. May do better back at this venue, but has a bit to prove.
Quite a progressive sort last season, rounding off his campaign with a decent effort at Cheltenham. On a stiff enough mark back in handicap company, but remains open to improvement with so few miles on the clock.
Not seen out since finishing down the field on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter in May. Earlier Sandown hurdling display off 1lb higher was acceptable, but others look more leniently treated.
Dual winner and several other good efforts last season. Runner-up, albeit at a respectful distance, in a Listed contest last time, and has solid each-way claims given his consistent record.
Not at his best on chasing debut at Worcester in June, but had earlier run really well to be second in a 22-runner handicap hurdle at Cheltenham. Competes off the same mark and further rain would help.
Showed a willing attitude to beat a well-regarded rival at Ascot last season, but failed to match that level of performance in two subsequent starts, latterly when favourite over C&D. Needs to bounce back
Landed an Ascot handicap in February, but was pulled up off 8lb higher in the Imperial Cup at Sandown when last seen in March. Has been given time to recover and shrewd stable can get one ready to win after a break.
Scoring for the third time over hurdles when successful in a novice event at Warwick in March. Has to cope with a career-high mark after a break, but stable is in good form.
Fair efforts in last two of three starts since joining current trainer from Paul Nicholls. Remains high enough in the handicap, however.
Miles behind Bags Groove at Aintree and Kempton last year, but had previously bolted up in a three-runner Sandown novice hurdle. Hard to know what to expect, but is down 3lb and could have much more to offer with stable back on song.
Creditable fifth of 16 in the cross-country chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Scored over an extended 3m6f when last seen at Perth in April and this return to hurdling over a much shorter trip is not really what he needs.
Stamina seemed to give out when sixth of 13 in Grade 1 company over 3m at Aintree in the spring. Earlier form gives him a chance off this mark and any softening of the ground would not be a problem
Second victory in this valuable race when scoring off 11lb higher last year. Not getting any younger, however, and recent efforts suggest a third success is likely to prove beyond him.
Not at his best on the Flat in August and needs to return to the form of his hurdling win last autumn to figure. Handicap mark is a cause for concern.
Handicap wins at Doncaster and Uttoxeter last season, but is significantly higher in the weights. Won't mind any rain, but has not run since March.
One or two fair efforts last season, including when seventh of 24 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury. Runs off 1lb lower and is worth a second glance with cut in the ground not an issue.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Evan WilliamsJ: Mitchell Bastyan|
Theclockisticking (9/2), Sneaky Feeling (11/2), Captain Cattistock (7/1), Court Minstrel (7/1), Le Patriote (15/2), Dans Le Vent (10/1), River Frost (12/1), Azzerti (14/1), Zalvados (14/1), Whatmore (16/1), Dashing Oscar (20/1), Garo De Juilley (25/1), Point Of Principle (25/1), Louis' Vac Pouch (25/1), Master Dancer (25/1), Golden Birthday (33/1), Castafiore (50/1), Chic Name (66/1)
- Captain Cattistock
- Le Patriote
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