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Chepstow tips for Friday 11 October - Race-by-race selections for Persian War Novices' Day

Brian Healy 10 Oct 2019
Chepstow race on Friday as the 2019/20 National Hunt season gets underway

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the 2019/20 jumps season opening day racecard at Chepstow featuring the Persian War Novices' Hurdle.

A cracking first day of jumps racing goes to post at Chepstow on Friday as the 2019/20 National Hunt season gets underway in earnest, and the Grade Two Persian War Novices’ Hurdle spearheads an excellent opening day racecard.

Getting underway from 2.10pm, seven races will unfold at the Welsh venue and the pick of the action forms part of Friday’s ITV Racing broadcast which will also feature the pick of the day’s flat racing from Newmarket.

2:10 - Unibet Persian War Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f

2:45 - Chepstow Racecourse Novices' Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m 

3:20 - Dunraven Windows Novices' Chase Cl3 (4yo+) 2m7½f

3:55 - Professor Caroline Tisdall Supports Herioc Jumpers Veterans' Handicap Chase (Leg 7 Of Vets' Series) Cl2 (9yo+ 0-150) 2m7½f

4:30 - Paul Ferguson's Jumpers To Follow 4-Y-O Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) Cl2 (4yo) 2m 

5:00 - ROA Mares' Handicap Chase (Hereford Mares' Handicap Chase Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m7½f

5:35 - Unibet/EBF Mares' "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle (EBF Mares' NH Novices' Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m3½f

The Road to the Cheltenham Festival starts now, and Brian Healy looks ahead to Friday’s racecard at Chepstow where he gives his race-by-race selections for a quality afternoon at the Welsh track.

2:10 - Unibet Persian War Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f


With original fancy The Butcher Said not amongst the final field for this curtain-raising Grade Two contest, HARAMBE (6/1, Bet365) could be the one to side with to make a winning return to action.

Alan King’s charge took a little while to warm to his task over hurdles, but since making the breakthrough at Kempton back in March the Malinas gelding has found significant progress with a further win at Market Rasen in April before chasing home the smart Getaway Trump when last seen out at Sandown at the end of that month.

Placed in a Grade Two bumper on just his third start, finishing third to Portrush Ted at Aintree, he looks one who could have more to offer over hurdles this term now he appears to really be getting his act together.

2:45 - Chepstow Racecourse Novices' Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m 


Those who have the benefit of experience don’t appear to set the bar particulary high so it may pay to side with one of the newcomers, and Dan Skelton’s PROSCHEMA (5/2, Bet365) could prove the pick on his debut over timber for his top yard.

The Declaration Of War gelding was fair on the flat for Tom Dascombe, winning twice during the 2018 flat season but failing to add to his haul this campaign despite some solid efforts in valuable handicaps and also Group Three company.

He was last seen finishing just over twelve lengths’ ninth behind King’s Advice at Goodwood back in August, and he rates an interesting prospect now tackling obstacles for his shrewd yard where if he were to translate the pick of his flat form over to this discipline then he ought to go close.

3:20 - Dunraven Windows Novices' Chase Cl3 (4yo+) 2m7½f


LISNAGAR OSCAR (6/4, William Hill) was progressive last term over hurdles, winning back-to-back races which included the Grade Two Prestige Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock where he ran out a ten lengths’ winner.

Rebecca Curtis’ Oscar gelding subsequently was far from disgraced in a pair of starts in Grade One company at Cheltenham and Aintree respectively, latterly finishing third behind Champ in the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle.

He now switches his attention to chasing where he could have a bright future, and this ex-winning pointer could well make a successful seasonal return to action faced with fences for his reappearance.

The first of his hurdles wins came at this venue, so with proven form over track and distance, and with ground unlikely to present a problem then it isn’t hard to see him posting a big effort here if translating his smart hurdles form to this discipline, and a clear round should put him very much in the mix for this prize.

3:55 - Professor Caroline Tisdall Supports Herioc Jumpers Veterans' Handicap Chase (Leg 7 Of Vets' Series) Cl2 (9yo+ 0-150) 2m7½f


THE YOUNG MASTER (7/2, William Hill) made a winning start to his last campaign over fences, beating Traffic Fluide here twelve months ago and following up at Cheltenham with a defeat of Station Master prior to finding the test of the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase too much where he pulled up.

That was an attritional contest however, and he bounced back from a break to finish third in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival before finding the frame again on his final outing in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown where only Talkischeap proved too good for the Echo Of Light gelding.

Neil Mulholland’s charge could take some beating here with a fitness advantage over most of his rivals having ran on the flat earlier in the month, and although he cut little ice in that discipline he could prove an altogether different proposition now.

He looks the most solid option in this veterans’ chase, and as a past course and distance winner gets the vote to get back on the scoresheet here.

4:30 - Paul Ferguson's Jumpers To Follow 4-Y-O Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) Cl2 (4yo) 2m 


TORPILLO (7/1, William Hill) could be worth giving another chance to having struggled towards the end of last season when taking in a couple of strong contests at Haydock and Cheltenham respectively, the latter of which came in the Fred Winter at the Festival.

Nigel-Twiston Davies’ charge had made a winning debut for this yard when beating Caswell Bay at Sandown in December, and the Alanadi gelding confirmed the promise he showed on that occasion to double up with an impressive wide-margin success back at that venue in January where he demolished Fukuto and others by more than twenty lengths.

Also a winner in France over hurdles prior to joining this yard, he can get back on the scoresheet on his reappearance in a handicap where a mark of 137 could prove workable. While he does have weight to concede all round to his field, he looked a very promising recruit last term and he is worth another chance.

5:00 - ROA Mares' Handicap Chase (Hereford Mares' Handicap Chase Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+ 0-110) 2m7½f


TROUBLED SOUL (7/4, William Hill) arrives here on the back of a trio of runner-up efforts towards the end of last campaign, and if the Definite Article mare is in similar mood on her reappearance then she could get back to winning ways here.

Fergal O’Brien’s charge was a Kelso winner over fences last November, beating Cool Valley, and following a subsequent fourth over hurdles at Leicester she posted three successive silver medal finishes at Market Rasen, Haydock and Bangor respectively. 

Beaten just over one length on the latest occasion behind Eastern Lady, she turns out here from the same mark and this looks a decent opportunity for her to get back on the scoresheet if fully wound up on her reappearance so it wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to see her going close.

5:35 - Unibet/EBF Mares' "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle (EBF Mares' NH Novices' Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl4 (4yo+) 2m3½f


OUTONPATROL (12/1, Bet365) was a point-to-point winner for Sean Doyle prior to joining forces with Alan King, and the Stowaway mare ran far too freely for her own good when disappointing on her debut for the Barbury Castle maestro in a Uttoxeter bumper back in March.

Beaten the thick end of twenty lengths behind Wynn House on that occasion, she could be worth chancing nonetheless to show improvement now faced with hurdles and she might be worth forgiving that start.

She is bred for jumping and there are surely races to be won with her if she can settle better than she did in that bumper outing; while the step up in trip ahead of his hurdles debut ought to be more suitable so every chance that she can find a jolt of progress now to post an improved run and no shock to see her going well in an open finale.


CHEPSTOW FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER TIPS - JUMPS SEASON OPENING DAY


2:10 - HARAMBE (6/1, Bet365)

2:45 - PROSCHEMA (5/2, Bet365)

3:20 - LISNAGAR OSCAR (6/4, William Hill)

3:55 - THE YOUNG MASTER (7/2, William Hill)

4:30 - TORPILLO (7/1, William Hill)

5:00 - TROUBLED SOUL (7/4, William Hill)

5:35 - OUTONPATROL (12/1, Bet365)

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Chepstow tips for Friday 11 October - Race-by-race selections for Persian War Novices' Day

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the 2019/20 jumps season opening day racecard at Chepstow featuring the Persian War Novices' Hurdle.

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