Chepstow's weekend fixture continues with a good card on Sunday afternoon, and here with his exclusive thoughts on his five runners is Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls...
"...showed good form last season, twice finishing second to Grade 1 winning chasers. He won this race two years ago, runs well fresh and is on good terms with himself at home."
- Paul Nicholls on Art Mauresque
Flat experience a plus
An interesting recruit from France where he took time to get the hang of things before winning on his fourth attempt over hurdles at Auteuil, staying on well at the finish. He has summered well and is ready to go now and his experience on the flat is a plus although a 6lb penalty might make things more difficult.
Patience to be rewarded
He was big and backward last year, running just the once for us when second to the classy mare Briery Queen at Exeter in November. His season was then curtailed by a few minor physical issues. We are hoping our patience can now start to pay off with Chameron who is a big, strong five-year-old who should appreciate this trip of almost three miles and, I suspect, will improve for the run.
Goes well fresh but no more rain needed
He came good in the spring, winning nicely at Stratford before following up in smooth fashion at Kempton. He remains a novice until the end of November, had a wind op when he came back into training this summer and goes well fresh. Secret Investor is on a reasonable mark of 147 but he does want good ground so loads more rain at Chepstow would be a concern. The plan is to go chasing with him after tomorrow and he jumps really well.
Hoping to win this race again
Is another who prefers drier ground so we will have to keep an eye on the weather before deciding to let him take his chance here. Although Art Mauresque is hard to place he is a bold jumper who is tough and consistent and again showed good form last season, twice finishing second to Grade 1 winning chasers. He won this race two years ago, runs well fresh and is on good terms with himself at home.
Quite forward but sure to impove
A lovely, promising half brother to the top chaser Waiting Patiently we bought him at the Derby sale last year. He goes very nicely at home and is quite forward but we have not taken him away for a racecourse gallop, so although we do like him he is sure to improve for the experience.