Through The Card: Chepstow, Tuesday October 25

Thistlecrack makes his chasing debut at Chepstow on Tuesday
Thistlecrack makes his chasing debut at Chepstow on Tuesday

Timeform take you through the card at Chepstow on Tuesday.


13:30 - Philip Hobbs' Rolling Dylan has already shown form good enough to win a maiden hurdle so appeals as the most likely winner of the opener. That said, Laser Light is a very interesting contender for the Alan King yard, too, while the red-hot Paul Nicholls. The best tactic is probably just to take one in the Placepot - we'll go for the consistent Rolling Dylan (12) - and hope for a successful passage through to the second leg.

14:00 - Highway Storm and Bells of Ailsworth are both respected in this handicap chase for novices, both winners over hurdles on their most recent starts, but so was Cailleach Annie (7) whose success at Exeter last March worked out reasonably well and who should take to this new discipline as a winning pointer. Cailleach Annie should also be well suited by this step up three and a quarter miles.

14:30 - An unappealing selling hurdle, but while there's still nine runners we have every chance of advancing to leg four in the Placepot. Istimraar (4) has won only one of his 22 starts over jumps, but he's Timeform top rated from the moody Filatore (pair clear) and has a least put two good performances together on his last two starts, finishing second at both Fontwell and Huntingdon. The Alexandra Dunn yard has been among the winners this month, too.

15:05 - There are eight runners currently for this handicap hurdle, so let's hope nothing comes out. The lower hurdles mark of Mr Mafia (8) is probably justified, but he still rates the most persuasive option following his close second over fences at this course 17 days ago. Solid dangers aren't apparent, but Walkami is still unexposed and Major Milborne returns with his yard in good order.

15:35 - Clearly all eyes will be on the 2016 World Hurdle winner Thistlecrack in this novice chase, and he really should win easily if getting around, but as he's currently trading at 1.182/11, for Placepot purposes it makes sense to take him on with his most realistic danger Saddlers Encore (3). Philip Hobbs' gelding is built for fences, so it would come as no surprise were he to better his fairly useful hurdles form over the larger obstacles. .

16:05 - Persian Delight (7) missed all of 2015/16 due to a leg injury, but he'd showed plenty of promise when making a winning debut in bumpers the previous spring and is a half-brother to smart hurdler/useful chaser Royal Shakespeare, so gets the nod to make a winning start over timber for the Paul Nicholls yard. Call To Order is better than he showed here recently and remains with potential, while Keating and Elegant Escape are recruits from the Irish pointing field who could be up to making their presence felt over hurdles.

16:35 - Shaddaii has some unfinished business for the Robert Walford stable after just a handful of runs, and he's taken to return with a bang having gone well fresh in the past. Don't rule out Keep Up Keira, though, as she's also unexposed after just three starts over hurdles and caught the eye again when mid-field in a Kempton maiden when last seen in May.

17:10 - The second division of the 20-furlong handicap hurdle can go to Earl Fort, whose recent second at Fontwell is an excellent piece of form in the context of this race. The extra emphasis on stamina in this event should suit him, too. Tim Vaughan has a couple of intriguing runners in Ronnie Lawson and handicap-debutant Isla di Milano, the former back under Rules on a mark that could vastly underestimate him.

Recommended bets:

Win back Cailleach Annie in the 14:00

Placepot permutation:

13:30 - 12
14:00 - 7
14:30 - 4
15:05 - 8
15:35 - 3
16:05 - 7

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