Paul Nicholls: The verdict on my seven Sunday runners at Chepstow

Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls gives his verdict on his Sunday runners at Chepstow
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Paul Nicholls' busy weekend at Chepstow continues with a further seven runners at the Welsh venue on Sunday afternoon, and here the Betfair Ambassador give his exclusive views on them all...

"Romain de Senam needs to go left handed, has a nice light weight, has done well over the summer and has a good chance with conditions to suit."

- Paul Nicholls on Romain de Senam

13:40 - Malaya

She is a precocious, high class, exciting filly who joined us in the summer after showing smart form on the flat in France before winning twice from three starts over hurdles including a Listed race at Auteuil.

Malaya has had a tendency to race keenly in her races so far but she should learn to relax as she gains more experience.

She works and schools like a very good juvenile and if she settles at Chepstow she will go very close.

14:15 - Mr Mix

He always runs well fresh and won on his debut over fences at Worcester in May before enjoying a well deserved summer break after a busy season which also saw him win over hurdles.

I'm hopeful there is a decent race in Mr Mix when conditions are right as he will keep improving as he gains more practise over fences. What he needs is a strongly run race which will bring his stamina into play.

He is in good shape at the moment.

14:50 - Amour de Nuit

He surprised me a bit by winning his prep race for this at Newton Abbot last month when I felt he would just need the outing after a summer break.

He has made excellent progress since joining us from Sir Mark Prescott, winning twice over hurdles last season and he loves decent ground so the more it dries up at Chepstow the better for him in a competitive race. I do like him.

16:00 - Cyrname

A big, weak horse who definitely has talent, he has been frustrating so far because he is far too impatient for his own good.

In both his races last season Cyrname pulled much too hard throughout. We have been trying to get him to relax at home and are running him over hurdles to take the freshness out of him before he goes chasing.

If he would only settle he has the scope to be a smart horse. We are putting a hood on him again and I am hoping this bigger field and a decent gallop will see him start to switch off.

16:35 - Romain de Senam

Was a shade unlucky last time at the end of last season at Ayr when he got into a bit of trouble before staying on strongly at the end to finish second to the classy chaser Vaniteux.

I'd trained him all season for the novice handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival and was mortified when he missed the cut there by one.

Romain de Senam needs to go left handed, has a nice light weight, has done well over the summer and has a good chance with conditions to suit.

17:10 - Bubble O'clock

He is the first of two really nice youngsters we run in the two divisions of the bumper. Bubble O'Clock and Mont Des Avaloirs, who runs half an hour later, both showed promise working together in a recent racecourse gallop at Chepstow.

Although Bubble O'Clock is making his debut he shapes as though he knows his job and should run very well.

17:40 - Mont Des Avaloirs

A sizeable, imposing type he is much bigger than his half brother Le Prezien. He is an attractive type who did everything right in his bumper at this track in the spring, travelling smoothly before being outstayed by a winning pointer Truckers Lodge.

Mont Des Avaloirs is a lovely long term prospect and on what he is showing at home he should go close here before turning his attention to hurdles.


We caught up with Paul down at Ditcheat this week where he gave us his Five to Follow for the new season

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