15:40 Chepstow Sat 23 February 2019
Three-time hurdles winner last season from 2m4½f-2m7f on testing ground. Has run well enough in two chase starts this term without winning, and no forlorn hope back in this sphere. Perhaps would benefit from seeing some rain.
Spent 543 days on the sidelines after a winning chase bow at Warwick (3m1½f, good) in May 2017 and pulled up both starts this term. Needs to rediscover his best back over hurdles (yard in form) but can be opposed for now.
In rude health having backed up Newton Abbot chase win with easy success in Wincanton novice hurdle (2m5½f, good) last month. Shapes as though this longer trip won't be a problem and major player for in-form Paul Nicholls yard.
Useful chaser (4-7), was pulled up here in the Welsh National at Christmas. In good heart prior to that but this demands a career-best back over hurdles from current rating.
Seven-time hurdles winner, hasn't really taken to fences and pulled up at this track (2m7f, good to soft) last month. Fairly-handicapped back over timber.
Had previously shown promise before dotting up over C&D (good to soft) last month, making every yard to win a maiden hurdle. Should have a say once more, though this is plenty tougher.
Five-time hurdles winner, though not since 2016. Lost his way of late over fences and no turnaround latest despite a wind operation. Opposable.
Won four times in Ireland for Gordon Elliott (two over hurdles) and has a big chance if anywhere near old form. Ran poor race in Market Rasen seller (2m½f, soft) in December on second outing for this handler. Cheekpieces added, hard to trust.
Point-to-point winner, scored in 2m6f Newcastle novice contest in December, though since well held under a penalty at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) last month. Tongue-tie added and remains open to further progress.
Has made the frame in three starts this term under today's claiming rider, likely will run his race once more but remains vulnerable for win purposes.
Entitled to have needed the run at Wincanton last month on the back of 18-month absence. Has a clear chance from this mark if able to recapture form shown prior to that layoff and is lightly raced for his age.
Last Year's Winner
|T: W GreatrexJ: Thomas Greatrex|
Samburu Shujaa (5/4), Kapcorse (5/1), Boyhood (11/2), Wicked Willy (8/1), El Bandit (17/2), Tommy Rapper (10/1), Diger Daudaie (11/1), Tobefair (20/1), Looksnowtlikebrian (20/1), Sandymount (20/1), Lord Of The Island (25/1), Arctic Gold (33/1), Jetstream Jack (66/1)
- Samburu Shujaa
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