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16:25 Chepstow

Letheby & Christopher Handicap Chase (Class F )

  • 18 Runners
  • Distance: 3m
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 53.90s
  • 18 Ran
1
4/1
  • Form: 11/PF-33
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12
  • Official Rating: 90
  • Trainer: Miss V Williams
  • Jockey: L Stephens

led to 6th, pecked 7th, led again 11th, blundered and headed 4 out, weakened 3 out

2
  • Form: P-05603
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-9
  • Official Rating: 87
  • Trainer: A J Whiting
  • Jockey: R Young

behind, some headway 5 out, fell 4 out

3
20/1
  • Form: 14P426
  • Age: 14
  • Weight: 11-8
  • Official Rating: 86
  • Trainer: J G M O'Shea
  • Jockey: M A Fitzgerald

mid-division, slow jump 8th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 5 out

4
20/1
  • Form: 1PR-432
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-5
  • Official Rating: 83
  • Trainer: J C Tuck
  • Jockey: J Mogford

held up, some headway 7th, ridden 9th, blundered 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 5 out

5

Star Time (IRE)

26 v BF
16/1
  • Form: 2036U3
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • Trainer: M Scudamore
  • Jockey: James Davies

always behind, mistake 5th, ridden 7th, tailed off and pulled up before 11th

6
5/1
  • Form: 23-4432
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-4
  • Official Rating: 82
  • Trainer: O Sherwood
  • Jockey: O Nelmes

prominent, reminders 3rd, weakened 7th

7
6/1
  • Form: 563453
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Official Rating: 80
  • Trainer: R H Alner
  • Jockey: R Walford

held up mid-division, headway 9th, not fluent 12th, mistake 4 out, soon one pace

8
50/1
  • Form: 0/30PP-0
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-2
  • Trainer: J S King
  • Jockey: P J Brennan

in touch, blundered 7th and lost place, headway 10th to chase leaders, every chance 5 out, ridden and weakened 2 out, mistake last

9
16/1
  • Form: 5B2-5
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-13
  • Official Rating: 77
  • Trainer: P R Webber
  • Jockey: M Nicolls

prominent, led 6th until after 7th, pecked next, weakening when mistake 5 out, pulled up before 4 out

10

Heartache

22 BF
33/1
  • Form: F-603P0
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-11
  • Official Rating: 75
  • Trainer: R Mathew
  • Jockey: D R Dennis

always behind, pulled up before 5 out

11

Robber (IRE)

31 BF
10/3
  • Form: 63034-2
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-11
  • Official Rating: 75
  • Trainer: P Bowen
  • Jockey: S Durack

always in touch, headway to lead 4 out, driven out

12
  • Form: 31242P
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-10
  • Official Rating: 74
  • Trainer: N R Mitchell
  • Jockey: R Stephens

prominent, led after 7th until 11th, ridden and every chacne 4 out, stayed on same pace

13
12/1
  • Form: 4-50R23
  • Age: 12
  • Weight: 10-10
  • Official Rating: 74
  • Trainer: R Lee
  • Jockey: J P McNamara

held up towards rear, headway 5 out, ridden 3 out, one pace 2 out

14
12/1
  • Form: 10-4P1P
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-9
  • Official Rating: 73
  • Trainer: J A B Old
  • Jockey: M Bradburne

in touch, weakened 8th, tailed off when pulled up 5 out

15
40/1
  • Form: 1-P056R
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-3
  • Official Rating: 67
  • Trainer: R H Buckler
  • Jockey: B Hitchcott

prominent to 7th, weakened 10th, tailed off, pulled up before 13th

16
66/1
  • Form: 0P00-
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-2
  • Trainer: R Curtis
  • Jockey: Mr Wayne Lewis

mistakes in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out

17
  • Form: PP002-5
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-1
  • Official Rating: 65
  • Trainer: S G Griffiths
  • Jockey: A Scholes

behind from 7th, pulled up before 5 out

18
50/1
  • Form: P/2U1-P6
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-0
  • Official Rating: 64
  • Trainer: N R Mitchell
  • Jockey: R Lucey-Butler

reluctant to race, lost touch 7th, pulled before 12th

In depth

Verdict

The vote goes to Secret Drinker in a very tricky race to end the card at Chepstow. Robber and Up The Pub are a couple of others that appeal as shortlist material, while it is always dangerous to rule out Southerndown in events of this nature as he has often hinted that his turn is near by. The fact that he has not won for the best part of two years does temper the confidence for win only purposes though and others make more appeal for the lion's share of the spoils. Up The Pub is far less exposed than many and comes here with sound claims of making the frame. However, he already has a little to prove with the selection and may have to settle for a supporting role again. Robber is another horse that has been very hard to win with and his connections must be despairing of what they have to do for him to force his head in front. The eight-year-old looked like he was going to make winning start for Peter Bowen when he took up the running at Hereford last time out. However, he was once again made to look pedestrian when he was passed in the closing stages. He remains one to treat with caution. Therefore, we switch to Secret Drinker, who has at least won from a similar mark in the past and has conditions to suit this afternoon.