The opener at Chepstow is for juveniles and Gumball was impressive when winning at Stratford. Malaya represents top connections and when I spoke with the owner at Fontwell last week, he mentioned that the was really looking forward to getting this filly in the track.
Keep an eye on Speedo Boy for Ian Williams, this horse was highest rated of these on the flat and he could be a good each way selection as his trainer does well with jumpers.
Mr Mix has already won over fences and carries a penalty for a hard fought win at Worcester, this horse was a beaten fav on this card last year and I really like a chasing debutant for Alan king.
Mias Storm kept improving last year and King prides himself on the schooling of his horses and I am hoping we can nick a bit of value here. Captain Chaos promised a lot last year and the Skeltons will feel it is now time to deliver.
The Persian War is a race that Paul Nicholls has farmed winning 5 of the last 10 years.
Tommy Rapper bumped into Willoughby Court 1st time out last year at Warwick and made him pull out all the stops. This is a good race with Punchestown Festival winner Vision des Flos running, as is listed race winner at Market Rasen Listen to the Man.
I take Tommy Rapper to win here and the ew selection is Poetic Rhythm.
I love horses that win at Chepstow and especially ones who like winning at this time of the year.
We have two of them in here, last year’s winner Double Ross who is on a mark only 1lb higher than his winning mark last year.
The other one is Potters Cross – he is not so lucky, he is 13lbs higher than the mark he won off last year and for that reason Double Ross gets the nod. Potters is the ew shot.
Elgin kept some pretty lofty company last year and will love the two miles round here, this lad is a really good traveller and can quicken off a strong pace.
Top weight is not ideal, but I think he can carry it as long as the ground does not get too soft. I’m A Game Changer is one who was strongly fancied at Rasen last time and got knocked back at the wrong time, subsequently finished well.
Village Vic is one of those horses that you just love to see win and he normally goes off at a silly price and could run well here off a workable mark.
Romain De Senam will take a bit of beating off a low weight here, keep an eye on Different Gravy as this one was highly thought of by Nicky Henderson and won 1st time out last season. If he can jump well he could well be placed here at big odds.