15:10 Chepstow Wed 7 November 2018
- Holt JCB Ltd Supporting Velindre Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 3)
- 2m 11y, Good to Soft (Soft in places)
- 16 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Steady improver over hurdles last season with two wins to his name; the last a handicap off a mark of 124. Finished well held on his chasing debut (may well have needed the run) and looks as though going right-handed suits him far better.
Given a mark 8lb higher than his last winning hurdles one after facing a stiff task on his chasing debut in September. Was given a considerate introduction though after he was left behind from halfway and may do better now.
Has experience over fences as he is an Irish point-to-point winner who won his first four races under Rules (bumper and three hurdles). Well held on his chasing debut (conditions may have been too quick); worth another chance.
Winner of a juvenile hurdle on his 2nd start in France and still unexposed for this yard having been faced with some fairly stiff tasks over hurdles. Now goes chasing for the first time and one to watch for a market move given his profile.
Struggled to get off the mark over hurdles last year when the yard was under a cloud but made the most of his experience to score on his seasonal return at Worcester. Now goes chasing for the first time and looks a likely sort fir this sphere.
A winner in point-to-points he looked potentially useful when winning on his Rules debut here last year. Never quite went on from that run displaying an inconsistent profile but now returns from wind surgery for a yard that continues to shine.
A bumper and hurdles winner his form looked to have gone off the boil when last seen and he returns from a break with something to prove on his debut over fences. Beaten off lower marks than this over hurdles he doesn't look that well weighted.
Dual hurdles winner who ran well behind a well handicapped type off a 2lb higher mark at Bangor in August 2017 before twice disappointing. Returns from a long break making his chasing debut and looks best watched for now.
Has some chasing experience having been sent over the larger obstacles straight after his novice hurdle win late last year. Should have done better in those two chase starts; well held when last seen (over hurdles); something to prove for now.
Useful sort over hurdles in Ireland when trained by Thomas Mullins (won a 2m handicap at Naas); has shown little for his current yard in two starts over fences. Reported to have bled on his chasing debut and poor when last seen; returns from a break.
Progressed nicely over hurdles despite not winning a race and ran with a great deal of credit on his chasing debut; finished 3rd to two race-fit rivals. Left on the same mark (117) from that run he's open to improvement here; sound chance.
Appeared to take to fences better on his second attempt over them than he did on his first at Stratford in May. Has now had a wind op and his hurdles form entitles him to respect off this mark if he can show some more progress now.
Winner in point-to-points who appears to have been rather unnerved by a hurdles fall on his handicap debut. Beaten a long way out and pulled up when last seen; not an obvious candidate to be rejuvenated by a chasing debut.
Appeared to benefit from a change of trainer taking three out of his first four races for his new handler over hurdles late last year the winning run starting here over 2m. Now tries his hand over fences for the first time off a career-high mark.
Yet to win a race and his progress looks to have rather stalled over hurdles and even gave a hint of temperament when he was last seen. Now tried over fences on his return to action but looks one of the lesser lights in this.
Has a point-to-point background (off the mark at the 2nd attempt in that sphere) so this may well suit him much better than running over hurdles. Now makes his chase/handicap debut under Rules; may need further but interesting sort.
Last Year's Winner
Awake At Midnight (9/2), Balibour (6/1), Oxwich Bay (13/2), Marley Firth (8/1), Enola Gay (9/1), Early Du Lemo (10/1), The Dubai Way (11/1), Glen Rocco (14/1), Cesar Et Rosalie (16/1), Another Crick (20/1), Doc Carver (20/1), Rainy Day Dylan (20/1), Dalaman (25/1), Otter Moon (28/1), Floresco (33/1), Llancillo Lord (66/1)
- The Dubai Way
- Glen Rocco
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