14:45 Kempton Sun 20 October 2019

  • Matchbook Betting Podcast Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4)
  • 2m 2f, Good
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£5,198.002nd£1,526.003rd£763.004th£450.005th£450.006th£450.007th£450.008th£450.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 26.4sOff time:14:45:43
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1
612-0OR: 122
6/1

Has improved with just about each and every start for Tom George, deservedly winning over hurdles at Newton Abbot (2m5½f, good to soft) a couple of months ago; doesn't necessarily face an easy task on chasing debut off a mark of 122.

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2
611-13OR: 121D
7/1

Beaten at short odds on a couple of occasions over hurdles but rounded off last season taking a very winnable Plumpton maiden (2m, good) by 3¾L; carries plenty of weight on chasing/seasonal debut; stablemate of El Hageb Rose.

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3
811-12OR: 120C
10/1

Seldom seen in competitive action since finishing fifth of 22 at Cheltenham in April 2018; has won over hurdles here (2m5f) in the past and could feasibly strip fitter for a recent run; best watched on chasing debut.

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4
711-10OR: 118
16/1

Raced freely on seasonal reappearance at Ludlow (2m4f, good); 0-3 over fences, and the jury is still very much out for deliberation over the larger obstacles; others preferred at this stage.

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5
411-9OR: 126
1/1

French import who is 2-3 since joining Paul Nicholls; made a fairly promising chasing debut when beating Vinnie The Hoddie by 2¼L over 2m at Wincanton (good to firm) 11 days ago; 6lb higher and can be fancied to kick on positively.

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6
611-7OR: 115
8/1

Eight-race maiden (0-6 over hurdles); stayed on at the same pace when finishing 3½L runner-up to The Accountant at Stratford (2m2f+, good to soft) a fortnight ago; sits 4lb higher for chasing debut; couldn't be discounted.

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7
411-5OR: 122
14/1

A regular at Kempton over hurdles (3,2,2), albeit soundly beaten by the free-going Locker Room Talk over 2m (good) in May; wouldn't appeal as an obvious type for the larger obstacles but is in safe hands with Alan King and Adrian Heskin.

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9
510-9OR: 103
33/1

Has shown only a limited amount of ability over hurdles for his doubly-represented trainer (also saddles The Flying Sofa); heavily eased when a remote second of three over 2m6f at Fontwell (novices' hurdle) in April; chasing debut.

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10
610-6OR: 100
20/1

Won a weak 2m maiden hurdle at Plumpton (good) in February 2018; 0-8 over the smaller obstacles since, showing very little during 2019; essentially difficult to consider as a realistic contender on chasing debut.

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Non-Runners

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Malangen23
411-3OR: 120
T: D PipeJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

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A Place Apart410-86/1
T: G P CromwellJ: James Bowen

Betting

Forecast

Oleg (1/1), Ballon Onabudget (6/1), The Flying Sofa (7/1), Malangen (7/1), Celtic Joy (8/1), Ballymountain Boy (10/1), Tiffin Top (14/1), New Agenda (16/1), The Premier Celtic (20/1), El Hageb Rose (33/1)

Verdict

Ballon Onabudget doesn't necessarily face an easy task on his chasing debut, while the consistent four-year-old Malangen (David Pipe) is rising steadily in the weights. Tiffin Top and Celtic Joy shouldn't be discounted on their respective chasing debuts, although the Emma Lavelle-trained runner is the more logical option with race-fitness assured. However, it's difficult to escape the alluring claims of the former French-racer OLEG. He made a winning chasing debut for Paul Nicholls in a small-field affair at Wincanton (2m) and is fancied to kick on positively despite a 6lb rise in the weights.
  1. Oleg
  2. Celtic Joy
  3. Ballon Onabudget

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