17:05 Chepstow Sat 12 October 2019

  • John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase (Class 2)
  • 2m 3f 98y, Soft
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£20,332.002nd£6,006.003rd£3,003.004th£1,502.005th£751.006th£377.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 58.8sOff time:17:06:46
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1
1111-12OR: 158
20/1

Famed for his role in Might Bite's RSA Chase win in 2017, he was an agonising second in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury that same year. Just two runs since however and has left Nicky Henderson since below-par hurdles run in May at Haydock.

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2
811-11OR: 157CDWS
5/2

3lb higher than when wining this last year, showed useful form before tailing off in the spring. Underwent wind surgery in off-season; did have a run before competing in this last year.

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3
911-3OR: 149D
8/1

Haydock winner (2m5½f, good) last November on second run for this trainer, also ran fine race in Ultima at Cheltenham Festival (3m1f). Tailed off at Aintree in Becher, can be forgiven that. Will handle soft ground.

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4
710-13OR: 145D
14/1

2-8 last season after joining this yard for chasing career, returns to action needing to improve again and with a slight query over showing his best at this trip.

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5
810-13OR: 145D
20/1

Game sort, won three of four starts in the early part of 2019; he's got career-high mark to defy now however and this trip looks about as sharp as he'll want it.

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8
910-9OR: 141D
9/2

Excellent 4-14 strike-rate over fences and is race-fit after runner-up finishes at Worcester and Kelso last month. Stays this far, second runner for the yard and fitness could be key in forecast conditions.

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9
1010-8OR: 140CD
11/2

C&D winner in December on soft ground, rated 7lb higher now but ended last term with fine third in Topham at Aintree. Record first-up isn't a source of encouragement.

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10
810-6OR: 138BF
13/2

Finished down the field in this last year as Charbel won, races from the same mark now and probably that testing ground around this track would be a negative.

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11
810-3OR: 135
15/2

Did his best work for Nigel Twiston-Davies in small fields, starts out for new trainer with a bit to prove in these conditions from high enough mark.

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12
910-1OR: 133D
25/1

Mixed bag over fences (one win from nine) and was pulled up last month at Newton Abbot over extended-2m. More to prove than a few of these and is overlooked.

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Non-Runners

6
Valdez203
1210-12OR: 144
T: A KingJ: Wayne Hutchinson
7
Capeland195
710-11OR: 143
T: P F NichollsJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Charbel711-125/1
T: K C BaileyJ: David Bass

Betting

Forecast

Charbel (5/2), Theo (9/2), Doitforthevillage (11/2), Capeland (6/1), Marracudja (13/2), Valdez (7/1), Templehills (15/2), Activial (8/1), Caid Du Lin (14/1), The Bay Birch (20/1), Whisper (20/1), Aintree My Dream (25/1)

Verdict

Last year's winner Charbel is considered by he did have the benefit of a run when landing this from a 3lb lower mark 12 months ago. Fitness could be key and, on that basis, THEO is fancied to run a big race after runner-up finishes at Worcester and Kelso last month, with this extra yardage within his compass. Paul Nicholls has a fine record in this contest, ensuring Capeland is worth a look while clearly Whisper would go close if able to re-find his form having left Seven Barrows to join the Sam Thomas team.
  1. Theo
  2. Capeland
  3. Charbel

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