This four-year-old gelding is likely to be all the rage after getting off the mark at the 13th attempt over 1m4.5f at Newcastle on the All-Weather 17 days ago. That was only his second start for the David Menuisier yard, so only up 4lb stepping back up in trip with the in-form David Probert (last 14 days: 10-59, 17%).
A good first-time booking there could be further improvement to come. However, he is up in Grade today (0-55 to a 0-65) and perhaps wants better ground than this so may prove vulnerable to an improver.
This six-year-old dual-purpose performer could be dangerous as his trainer has won this race four times since 2013, so knows what it takes. He is down in Class, on a fair mark, and has Jordan Williams taking a useful further 7lb off his back. He carries top-weight and may just need the run on the back of a five-month break.
A five-year-old gelding from the in-form Lydia Richards yard (Season: 4-13, 31% SR) has been making his way back, in two runs, from a 555-day break. He needed the first of them when well down the field over 1m4f at Lingfield in March but put in a much-improved performance 20 days ago when stepped up to 2-miles for the first time, only going down by a length and appearing to stay the trip well.
He is only 1lb above his last winning mark, has a good first-time booking in Kieran O’Neill, and is completely unexposed at staying trips. He could go well at a price.
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This lightly-raced, unexposed, four-year-old filly by Golden Horn cost €78,000 as a yearling and is bred to be better than her opening handicap mark of 66. She has only had three runs to date all at around 1m4f and shaped on each occasion like she would be very well-suited by today’s step up to 2 miles, and it’s this that could unlock significant improvement.
This was never more apparent than on her seasonal debut in a Novice Stakes over 1m4f at Wolverhampton 25 days ago, where she was dropped in from a poor draw out wide in stall nine, out-paced for much of the race, still in about 8th with five furlongs to go, then carried about four-wide around the home bend, before running on all the way to the line, finishing a respectable 17.5 lengths 4th of 12.
The winner was subsequently officially rated 93 and franked the form by finishing a close-up 2nd of that mark in a Class 3 handicap just 3 days ago. This is her first run at Chepstow but she showed on her second start last year at Ripon she handles an undulating track and also today’s easy underfoot conditions. She’s making her handicap debut in a lowly Class 6 race for the powerful, in-form Tom Dascombe yard (Last 14 days: 4-25, 16%) with Richard Kingscote, who was on her at Ripon and rides this track well (12-52, 23% SR), in the saddle. She looks the one to be on against her more exposed rivals.
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