14:45 Chepstow Fri 18 January 2019
Decent novice hurdler last season and is going the same way over fences. Got the better of the tussle with a potentially smart sort at Newbury last time, where the third was 21L behind. Needs improvement under his penalty, but much respected.
Decent novice over hurdles last season, but looking even better over fences. Smart performance to win over C&D (heavy) last month. Won't mind the forecast drier ground, and has very solid claims under his penalty.
Has won three of his eight starts, all successes being on testing ground at Wincanton. Form over hurdles was decent, though beginning to plateau, but could kick on again now going chasing. Ought to acquit himself well.
Wide margin winner of a Grade 2 novices' hurdle (2m7f, heavy) 11-months ago, before the wheels came off in two further Grade 1 events. Beaten favourite, but not without promise, on chase debut. Step back up in trip should suit. Should go well.
Scored here over hurdles (2m3½f, soft) almost two years ago. Was making into a decent handicap hurdler last season (stayed 3m), but was pulled up in the Pertemps Final on his final start, and well held on chase debut last month. Bit to prove.
Well beaten in his sole chase run for Kerry Lee in November 2016, and last month's reappearance after more than two years off was even worse. Can only watch.
Dual Warwick handicap hurdle winner (both 2m5f, soft) last March, who finished last season rated 135 in the discipline. Looks a decent recruit to chasing. Needs to improve on his two completed efforts, but should not be far away.
Won seven off the reel over hurdles from June 2015 to February 2017, but has faced tough tasks as a result since then, in seven more runs without adding to that. First-time tongue-tie might help, but needs to step up on recent chase efforts.
Dual hurdles winner at up to 3m1½f in early 2017, but has not made any impact since., including on his recent comeback after wind surgery. Can only watch on this chase debut in a tough race.
Last Year's Winner
|Ramses De Teillee||6||11-4||11/8|
|T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore|
Steely Addition (5/2), Chef Des Obeaux (5/2), Now Mcginty (4/1), Captain Cattistock (9/2), Forza Milan (8/1), De Rasher Counter (12/1), Johanos (25/1), Tobefair (28/1), Zero Grand (66/1), Herefordshire (150/1)
- Steely Addition
- De Rasher Counter
- Chef Des Obeaux
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