Paul Nicholls: Thoughts on all my runners as we open the season at Chepstow

Race horse  Posh Trish
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It's the meeting that Paul Nicholls always targets to open up the National Hunt season and he has a strong team heading across the border. Get his views on all his runners here...

"I've loved Posh Trish from the day she walked into the yard and she has never let me down."

Hoping to continue winning Chepstow record

14:10 - Sir Psycho

Joined us from Eddie Harty in April and is the first horse I've trained by Zoffany. He showed a fair amount of promise on the second of two starts on the flat in Ireland and he has been doing plenty of schooling at home in recent weeks.

I always like to target this meeting as it is really the start of the season for our team. We have done extremely in this race with six winners in the past 11 years though, crucially, some of them had already raced over hurdles.

While I am hopeful Sir Psycho can add to that record, I'd say whatever happens he will improve for the experience.

Maturing Guy having an outing over hurdle

14:45 - Diamond Guy

Has been off for a year with a minor tendon injury since winning his last two starts. That has given him time to mature and the idea us to give him a run over hurdles here before he tackles fences. I suspect he will definitely come on for the outing at Chepstow.

Secret Investor best when fresh

15:55 - Secret Investor

He is still a novice over fences until November 1 and gets a 5lbs penalty for winning two chases including a Class 1 at Ayr. Even so it is handy to have the chance to run him in a decent race like this with just one penalty before he goes handicapping.

A change to more positive tactics paid off for Secret Investor at the end of the season. He is always very good fresh and won the Persian War at this track a year ago. He's in good form.

Posh Trish looking great at home

15:55 - Posh Trish

I've loved Posh Trish from the day she walked into the yard and she has never let me down.

She won four times over hurdles last season when her slick jumping made her hard to beat. I've always felt Posh Trish would be a decent chaser and her schooling over fences at home has been pleasing. She is a cracking mare.

Plenty in Greaneteen's favour

16:30 - Greaneteen

I've had this race in mind for this fellow for a while. He was progressive last winter, winning smartly at Exeter before completing the double in cosy fashion at Fontwell.

Greaneteen then had a little setback which put paid to the rest of the season. He is fine now, is pleasing in his work and a handicap mark of 134 looks fair enough so I'm hoping for a big run from him in what is always a fiercely competitive race.

Pacey race will aid Capeland

17:05 - Capeland

He was a model of consistency last season, building on the promise he showed as a young horse. The downside from winning three times and frequently running well in defeat is that he is rather in the grip of the handicapper.

I've always felt he would be at his best in a fast run handicap rather than those small field novice chases. He has summered well and a decent pace would improve his chances here.

A learning exercise for Glenlivet

17:40 - Glenlivet

He was with us for two months in the spring but was basically too big and backward to run so we put him away. He is a nice type and is showing a bit more this time but he has never been away for a racecourse gallop and while I am hoping he runs well you never really know what you are going to get first time from these unraced four-year-olds.

My best chance...

Sir Psycho in the 14:10. He was beaten only two lengths in a fair maiden over ten furlongs at Leopardstown in the spring and looks a useful recruit for juvenile hurdles.

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