Chepstow tips Saturday 12 October – Race-by-race selections for day two of the 2019/20 Jumps season opening meeting

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race horse racing selections for the second day of the 2019/20 National Hunt season.

Following on from an excellent first day of jumps racing at Chepstow as the 2019/20 National Hunt season got underway on Friday, Saturday plays host to another cracking seven-race card which features the competitive Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle on another quality afternoon at the Welsh venue.

Also featuring the Native River Handicap Chase, as well as a Listed veterans’ contest there is plenty to look forward to for punters over the sticks.

2:10 – Champion Hats Juvenile Hurdle Cl4 (3yo) 2m

2:45 – Gent Transport And Warehousing 45th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (5yo+ 0-150) 2m

3:20 – Native River Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m7½f

3:55 – Low Cost Vans Novices’ Chase (Listed Race) (for The Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f

4:30 – Cotswold Stone Supplies Ltd Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f

5:05 – John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f

5:40 – Chris & Lisa’s Big Birthday Bash Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Cl4 (4-6yo) 2m

On a quality day of jumps racing action, Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look ahead to day two of Chepstow as the jumps season gets underway in earnest.

2:10 – Champion Hats Juvenile Hurdle Cl4 (3yo) 2m

A few of these are making their debuts, so it could be worth chancing on the proven experience of NORDANO (7/1, Paddy Power) who was fair on the flat for Mark Johnston over the summer, and the Jukebox Jury gelding made a winning hurdles debut at Huntingdon ten days ago with a defeat of Chocks Away.

Neil King’s charge ran out a three lengths’ winner, jumping to his left in the early part of the race but always racing prominently and showing a good attitude once asked to go and win his race.

The form of the win might only be ordinary, and he perhaps faces a stiff task to give away weight to all but one of this field of rivals; but he is open to improvement and his experience could prove crucial with the potential to improve further, and he can make it two wins from two starts over timber.

2:45 – Gent Transport And Warehousing 45th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (5yo+ 0-150) 2m

CROOKS PEAK (8/1, Unibet) took his very useful bumper form and translated it to hurdling last campaign, winning three times over hurdles in competitive novice and handicap company prior to disappointing in the County Hurdle behind Ch’tibello.

Philip Hobbs’ charge again ran disappointingly when sent to Newton Abbot in May where he beat only two home behind Beltor; but the Arcadio gelding could be worth chancing on his reappearance having been freshened up by a break, while the handicapper has also eased him 2lbs in the ratings.

Forgiven those two lesser runs, he could be worth chancing on his earlier efforts to bounce back here, and if coming back to the sort of form that saw him beat the useful Champagne City at Newbury back in March then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close here.

Philip

Philip Hobbs can get amongst the winners at Chepstow

 

3:20 – Native River Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m7½f

CLOTH CAP (3/1, Bet365) could be worth siding with to make a winning reappearance, and Jonjo O’Neill’s charge was progressive as a novice last term, winning twice with successes at Stratford and Catterick prior to an excellent third behind Takingrisks in the Scottish Grand National on his final outing.

That performance came on the back of a similar break to the one he’ll be looking to overcome on his return; but he has looked a very promising staying chaser in his four outings to date and he could take another forward step in this contest where he is only 3lbs higher than at Ayr last term.

Assuming he is fit to go on his reappearance, then he looks one to be positive about this campaign and every chance he can make his presence felt in this contest where all but one of the runners lacks a recent run.

3:55 – Low Cost Vans Novices’ Chase (Listed Race) (for The Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f

Paul Nicholls saddles two of the quartet which will go to post for this contest., but it could be worth siding with Colin Tizzard’s representative RESERVE TANK (11/10, Coral) to continue to find improvement, and the Jeremy gelding was highly progressive last term, winning four times over hurdles which included valuable contests at both Aintree and Punchestown.

While Nicholls’ Secret Investor has the benefit of chase experience, he wasn’t always fully convincing last term despite his own progressive form; and the Tizzard runner has the size and scope to make his mark in this discipline.

He was the best of these over timber judged purely on official ratings, and if he can translate that level of ability over hurdles to the larger obstacles then it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him make a winning chase debut.

ColinColin Tizzard can saddle a Chepstow winner on Saturday

 

4:30 – Cotswold Stone Supplies Ltd Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m3½f

THE KNOT IS TIED (14/1, Bet365) could continue his race-to-race progression over timber by making good use of his featherweight to come home in front here.

A four-time winner on the flat for Tim Easterby, the Casamento gelding has shown a decent level of ability over hurdles since joining Neil King, making the frame in all five starts which includes a defeat of Legal History at Newbury when last seen back in March.

This is obviously a much tougher test of his credentials, but he is low-mileage and unexposed over hurdles as well as carrying a featherweight for this contest. And with the services of Bryony Frost in the saddle who has made a habit in recent seasons of big-race Saturday wins, he could be worth chancing to find a chunk of improvement on his reappearance to go close.

5:05 – John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f

Charbel won this race twelve months ago and could feature, but THE BAY BIRCH (6/1, William Hill) arrives in search of a hat-trick of wins having rounded off last term with back-to-back wins at Bangor and Haydock, and Matt Sheppard’s charge can go well on her reappearance.

Also a Warwick winner earlier in the season, her latest outing at Haydock back in April saw the Beneficial mare run out a nine lengths’ victor over Troubled Soul with the field finishing well strung out behind.

That form might not stack up compared to a couple of these, but she remains open to some progress and is 3-4 in this headgear so could still have improvement to offer despite shouldering a much higher mark on her reappearance.

This is a tougher assignment than anything she has faced thus far, but given how she ended last season she could be worth chancing to return in a similar vein and she could post a big run here.

Bryony

Bryony Frost can ride a big race winner on Saturday

 

5:40 – Chris & Lisa’s Big Birthday Bash Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race Cl4 (4-6yo) 2m

Some big yards send out interesting debutantes, but it could pay to side with the experience of GASTARA (8/1, Paddy Power) who found only one too strong on his own debut at this venue back in April where the Kayf Tara gelding was beaten just under three lengths behind One Touch.

Johnny Farrelly’s charge travelled well for a long way, but showed his inexperience late by hanging badly left under pressure and finding less than looked likely.

However, that experience won’t have been lost on him and he has a good amateur up whose 7lbs allowance could prove very valuable in this contest where he could improve for the first run. If he does then he looks to hold solid claims of going one better, and he sets the standard amongst those who have previous experience.

This is a strong race, but he could have better to come on the back of his debut and he can post a big run.

CHEPSTOW SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER TIPS – RACE-BY-RACE SELECTIONS

2:10 – NORDANO (7/1, Paddy Power)

2:45 – CROOKS PEAK (8/1, Unibet)

3:20 – CLOTH CAP (3/1, Bet365)

3:55 – RESERVE TANK (11/10, Coral)

4:30 – THE KNOT IS TIED (14/1, Bet365)

5:05 – THE BAY BIRCH (6/1, William Hill)

5:40 – GASTARA (8/1, Paddy Power)