On the back of a winning perm yesterday we head to Chepstow in a search to make it two Placepots in a row...
"Churchtown Love scored on her hurdles debut at Bangor last month having won an Irish point prior to that and looks open to plenty of improvement in this sphere..."
14:00 - We kick off proceedings with what looks a relatively uncompetitive mares' hurdle over an extended two miles and the first of a limited number of solid options is Churchtown Love. She scored on her hurdles debut at Bangor last month having won an Irish point prior to that and looks open to plenty of improvement in this sphere. The other to get the nod is hurdles debutant Makadamia who made a promising debut when narrowly edged out in a Warwick bumper last year, has an excellent pedigree and represents the red-hot Pond House team.
14:30 - It's a handicap hurdle over the same trip up next and Straits of Messina looks likely to continue his good run of form. He won a handicap at Fakenham and got back on track last time after falling when second at Market Rasen. He looks sure to go close, as does Pearl who caught the eye in selling company last time and has dropped to a very workable mark for today's contest.
15:05 - A sole selection must suffice in the handicap chase which follows, a contest over an extended 19 furlongs in which Barenger narrowly gets the vote over Picaroon as he remains lightly raced in this sphere and capable of significant improvement. The latter is respected on the back of his reduced chase mark and a creditable second last time.
15:40 - It's a staying handicap chase under consideration next and the first runner to get the vote is Solstice Sun who providing this third outing in quick succession isn't too much for him should prove very hard to beat on the back of successes at Fontwell and Plumpton in the last 10 days. The other to get the vote is the ever-consisent Cash Injection, whose made the frame on his last four starts and can run well again.
16:15 - We'll keep it to a single selection in the penultimate leg of the perm in the shape of Camden who looks to hold leading claims to the handicap chase over three miles after he was clear of the chasing pack when runer-up here two weeks ago. The faster ground is unlikely to be a problem and if he's in the same mood as his last start he should make the frame at the very least.
16:50 - The first to get the nod in this open hunters' chase is Ski Sunday, and whilst it's noted he hasn't won for three years it must be significant Tim Vaughan's yard are persevering and it might be he just has too much class for the opposing field in his debut in this sphere. The other to get the nod is Swansbrook, whose placed on both hunter chase outings at Taunton despite making a few niggling errors in his jumping. If he can cut those out he looks to hold strong claims.
14:00 - 1,11
14:30 - 3,14
15:05 - 2
15:40 - 9,10
16:15 - 2
16:50 - 8,9
= 16 Lines