Soir can be leading lady this afternoon
Back Dame Du Soir @ 9/2 in the 12:05 at Chepstow
A case of what could have been with the first selection yesterday at Ffos Las in Ring The Moon, who fell three out when in contention. He hit 2.56/4 in running from a BSP of 18.17 and looked a possible winner. No joy at Dundalk, but I mentioned the track has been a real favourites graveyard recently. Only one obliged in eight races, and there was even a 2/5 shot beaten. Never be put off by backing a big price there.
On to Thursday and Chepstow can hopefully get us going with a double, and Dame Du Soir looks well treated to win this race for the second successive year. She looks a good price at 9/2 as the favourite Lady Tremaine didn't beat much at Bangor and looks a bit short at 13/8.
The selection scored by almost 7L in 2021 and handles testing ground extremely well. A strongly-run 2m on a galloping track seems to be optimum conditions, and she backed up that run in a decent mares' event on Newbury on her subsequent start.
She has come back with two runs over fences this term following wind surgery, but badly faltered at Cheltenham last time over a trip that isn't her best (2m5f).
With cheekpieces on for the first time today and a drop back to 2m, plenty is in her favour as her record over the minimum distance reads 1213. Her form looks better than the favourite's, so I wasn't surprised some of the 6s had gone last night on the Sportsbook.
Allen will get his day in the sun
Back Helios Allen @ 2/1 in the 15:20 at Chepstow
One jockey's improvement that has impressed me over the last 12 months has been Chester Williams. Still able to claim 3lb, the conditional looks a lot more stylish in the saddle and seems to get horses travelling for him.
His stats at Chepstow are decent too with 4-16 at 25% and his mount Helios Allen looks to hold strong claims following his recent third at Exeter over 2m6f.
That looks strong form as the winner Tip Top Cat has subsequently hosed up and the second Bangers And Cash has scored with a bit in hand since at Taunton and looks to have a bit of potential. Crucially both of those wins were at 3m, and the Exeter race might just have suited their staying abilities over the shorter trip to defeat Helios Allen.
He hit a hurdle late on too and didn't look totally in love with going right-handed.
His previous Chepstow win over CD was impressive when he took advantage of a lenient mark, and he booted home by 5L. A drop back in distance today should see him deliver. Trainer Nick Williams has only sent out three runners since Boxing Day, with a winner and a second.
Testing ground is most certainly has bag, which is somewhat ironic as Helios was a the god of the sun in Greek Mythology, and there will be no sun on Thursday.