14:20 Chepstow Wed 20 March 2019
Back-to-back December wins at Taunton (3m, good) and Exeter (2m5½f, heavy) were improved showings but handicapper has been in control since and may remain so here.
Handicap mark is quite appealing based on form in early 2017 (three wins) but efforts lately suggesting temperament issues and hard to be confident in chances of revival.
Five-time winner scored twice last summer but struggled since. Tailed off at Plumpton in January and no better recently at Exeter (2m7f, soft). Cheekpieces are added today.
Finished a close second in this contest a year ago and may well have needed last month's Exeter outing (first run since April). Could be capable of another big run here if so.
Not delivered on early promise shown in bumpers and hard to recommend after poor hurdles efforts. Pulled up at Uttoxeter on New Year's Eve in a maiden hurdle. First start for new trainer.
Couple of respectable efforts in January after a break, including over this sort of trip on good to soft at Lingfield. Runner-up only previous start with Richard Johnson up, eased 2lb and of interest.
Hopelessly out of the weights in last month's Devon National, he's on better terms now and while not the most solid, he is a course winner and regular visitor is capable of going well here.
5-68 over hurdles and has been around the block a few times. Will handle the forecast conditions, moderate fourth recently at Huntingdon (3m1f, good) and will need a bit more to go close.
Now 12-years-old and gone two years with a success, struggling in three starts since the turn of the year and looks best opposed for now.
Maiden under rules (eight races over timber) but went well for a long way last month at Plumpton (3m1f, good) and needs respecting on that evidence.
Made handicap debut here last month over 2m4f and was tailed off as a 100-1 shot, plenty of improvement being demanded.
Runner-up at Ffos Las (3m, good to soft) on just second start in a handicap, should retain potential for doing better things.
0-10 under rules to this point and very tough to recommend on evidence to hand, racing from out of the handicap.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J ScottJ: Nick Scholfield|
Jimmy Bell (3/1), Late Shipment (6/1), Bostin (6/1), Bean Liath (13/2), Cornelius Socks (15/2), Mountain Of Mourne (8/1), Cinderfella (9/1), Steel Express (10/1), American Life (12/1), Boher Lad (16/1), Mauna Kea (16/1), Mogestic (25/1), Remember Me Well (33/1), True Thoughts (66/1)
- Cornelius Socks
- Jimmy Bell
- Steel Express
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