15:20 Chepstow Sat 12 October 2019
Finished sixth in Welsh National here last season before struggling at Haydock and falling in Aintree version. Last two wins have come over 3m on heavy/soft and now just 2lb clear of previous win-mark.
Last spotted being pulled up in the Ultima at Cheltenham in March, went close on seasonal bow last term but this trip perhaps shorter than he wants these days.
Won his first three starts over fences last term, this dogged stayer hasn't entirely convinced with his fencing and was undone in that regard at Southwell in August over 2m4½f. Extra distance favourable now and nothing will try harder.
Winner of a 3m1f good-ground Cheltenham handicap 350 days ago before missing remainder of the campaign during which trainer suffered a lull. Yard in thriving for now and interesting contender if fit enough.
C&D novice win a year ago ensured he was 3-4 over fences but found it tougher in better company afterwards, failing to complete in three outings at spring festivals. Second runner for Colin Tizzard in this line-up.
Wins last November at Stratford and Catterick over this sort of trip and further, fine third in Scottish Grand National at Ayr when last sighted. Goes well off a break and should be more progress in store this winter.
Promising sixth in Kim Muir (3m2f) Cheltenham in March, has failed to show best in two runs over C&D at this meeting previously, including 43L defeat in this last year. Rated 7lb lower now.
Last Year's Winner
|The Young Master||9||10-6||14/1|
|T: N P MulhollandJ: Mr S Waley-Cohen|
Lil Rockerfeller (3/1), Captain Chaos (4/1), Ballyoptic (9/2), Drinks Interval (5/1), Relentless Dreamer (6/1), Cloth Cap (8/1), Cap Du Nord (10/1), Royal Vacation (12/1)
- Relentless Dreamer
- Lil Rockerfeller
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