Wednesday’s race of the day – Preview and tips for the big handicap at Chepstow
We take a look through the runners in the two miles novices’ handicap chase at Chepstow and provide readers with our tips on Wednesday 6th November.
Jumps racing fans will have Musselburgh and Chepstow to keep an eye on tomorrow afternoon, with the biggest prize set to be handed out down in Monmouthshire. We’ve taken a look at each of the runners in the 3:10pm at Chepstow and come up with our tip in the race of the day.
Wednesday’s Race Of The Day
Won a handicap hurdle off 114 back in January. Well beaten on both starts since, including sixth-place finish on reappearance over hurdles at Stratford. Has point-to-point experience but was well beaten on all three starts. Better options available here.
Struggled in with good quality opponents for much of novice hurdling season. Ended campaign with two victories in the spring, securing a smart handicap victory off 118 here at Chepstow in April. Well bred and should take to chasing. Respected despite hefty weight.
Hasn’t been seen since falling heavily at Taunton back in December. Ran up to a decent level as a novice hurdler, but mark of 127 looks a little stiff on the back of a 320-day lay-off.
Espoir De Guye
Winner over hurdles in France as a four-year-old, well-beaten on first start for new connections last November. Shaped much better on most recent start at Warwick in March, finishing second to Flash The Steel. Improved after wind-op and drop in trip. Could go well again.
Took his chance in the Grade Three Handicap Hurdle at Sandown in March, having won a decent handicap at Ffos Las. Struggled in that sort of company and was pulled up on his reappearance over fences at Uttoxeter. Drops right back to the minimum distance, having started out over 22 furlongs, and this trip could prove a little stiff.
Hes No Trouble
Well beaten behind Birchdale on novice hurdling debut last December. Bolted up over two-miles at Huntingdon next, before a disappointing performance at Ludlow in March. Claimed three-length victory on sole start in point-to-points. Yard in good form.
Only four, so will be in receipt of weight from older rivals. Ran in some big juvenile races last season, but results tailed off going into the spring. Sire has produced many strong chasers, so could be a player. Was well-beaten in with older horses back in February though.
Managed to win twice over hurdles in the spring. Both handicaps seemed fairly poor though. Fairly impressive winner between the flags, so could be much better over larger obstacles. Others preferred at similar price.
Simply The Betts
Finished tenth in 2018 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle as a maiden. Won two novice hurdles after that. Well beaten as the favourite in Listed Hurdle last term and been off the track since another poor effort at Doncaster in December. Clearly has ability and could pay a part if he takes to larger obstacles.
Finished last of five in decent novice chase last month. Struggled during second season over hurdles last term. Didn’t jump with any real verve at Wetherby and could struggle carrying top-weight.
Way Out West
Most experienced chaser, having run over larger obstacles three times this season. Won a handicap off 104 by 23-lengths at Fontwell and dealt with a seven-pound rise in the weights with a fine runner-up finish at Taunton a week ago. Trip and ground fine. Leading candidate.
Broke a sequence of terrible performances with a surprise win at Worcester in July 2018, carrying odds of 50/1 to victory. Been off the track for 461 days. Poor in point-to-points. Ground against him too.
Simply The Betts has shown some ability and could be overpriced if he takes to chasing. Hes No Trouble holds appeal, as does Cilaos Glace, but WAY OUT WEST could be very hard to beat if he runs up to the sort of level he’s shown already this term. 5/1 is a decent price!