17:10 Chepstow Sun 14 October 2018
Very useful chaser who should strip fitter for his comeback run at Perth last month. Ended las term falling when in touch in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham and sets a very good standard in this event.
Stable landed this race 12 months ago and this gelding won the race two years ago when beating the smart Double Shuffle. 1lb lower this time and goes well fresh so has obvious claims.
Classy chaser at best but wasn't firing on all cyclinders in just three starts last term. Starts this season 7lb lower than last and often goes well fresh so definitely worthy of serious consideration.
Made decent transition to fences last term winning two novice chases and was fourth in listed handicap at Cheltenham Festival. Usually needs a run or two to reach his peak so may best watched on this occasion in a hot race.
Talented 2016/17 novice chaser finishing second in Grade 1 at Sandown to Top Notch before running another cracker when second in Grade 3 handicap chase at Cheltenham Festival. Missed all of last term and runs off 4lb lower mark. Goes well fresh.
Has threatened to win more than he has, and moved from Paul Nicholls to current yard this summer. Hasn't shone in two starts so far for new stable and despite 2lb drop doesn't make much appeal in current form.
2015 Galway Plate winner for Henry de Bromhead and joined current yard two years ago. Has been difficult to keep sound but ran a blinder when second in Topham Trophy at Aintree in April before disappointing at Punchestown. Worth a market check.
Won Grade 3 handicap chase in heavy ground at Cheltenham in January off 133. Just 1lb higher now and chance would be enhanced if the ground eases further as he revels in the mud.
Fair novice chaser last term winning two minor events but this looks a much stiffer stask. Despite receiving plenty of weight he may struggle at this level.
Last Year's Winner
|Romain De Senam||5||10-1||7/4|
|T: P F NichollsJ: Sam Twiston-Davies|
Baron Alco (4/1), Garde La Victoire (4/1), Charbel (5/1), Barney Dwan (5/1), Ballyhill (6/1), Art Mauresque (7/1), Le Rocher (8/1), Chirico Vallis (10/1), Shanahan's Turn (16/1), Marracudja (20/1), Lord Du Mesnil (20/1)
- Le Rocher
- Art Mauresque
- Baron Alco
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