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12:20 Chepstow

Margaret Fletcher 75th Birthday Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 131y
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
  • Winner: £3,249
  • 2nd: £954
  • 3rd: £477
  • 4th: £238
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 28.30s
  • Off Time: 12:21:37
  • 6 Ran
1
Silk - Light blue, brown chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap
6/4
  • Form 121212
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 132
  • Trainer N A Twiston-Davies
  • Jockey Jamie Bargary

led, headed before 5th, remained close up, not fluent 7th, ridden and lost place before 3 out, soon behind, tailed off when left 4th at last

2
Silk - Black, light blue hoop and sleeves, white cap
11/4
  • Form 56/21-43
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12
  • Trainer D Pipe
  • Jockey Kieron Edgar

with leaders on outside, led before 5th, made most after, joined 3 out, ridden after next, narrow advantage when left 4 lengths clear last, idled flat, headed final strides

3
Silk - Red, white sleeves, emerald green stars, white cap, emerald green star
  • Form P/P51-2
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-12
  • Trainer K C Bailey
  • Jockey Conor Shoemark

pressed leader, lost place and reminder after 4th, driven to stay in touch from next, one pace 2 out, soon ridden, 4 lengths down in 3rd when hampered and left 2nd at last, rallied flat, edged right near finish, led final strides

4
Silk - Brown, light blue braces
  • Form 13-F6
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-12
  • Trainer P Henderson
  • Jockey Matt Griffiths

held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chased leaders, outpaced next, 4th and beaten when left 3rd at last, no chance with front pair

5
Silk - Beige, black hoop, armlets and cap
14/1
  • Form P23P1/2-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12
  • Trainer Evan Williams
  • Jockey Conor Ring

held up in 5th, driven 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next

6
Silk - Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap
  • Form 1/2
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-12
  • Trainer T R George
  • Jockey C Gethings

tracked leaders, joined winner when not fluent 3 out, driven after next, kept on, upsides and every chance when fell last

In depth

Verdict

MONT CHOISY is penalised for his previous wins over timber but went close again when runner-up at Cheltenham last time and can give weight to today's opposition. Battle Dust was beaten only a head at Southwell on his hurdling bow and there should be more to come from him while Ballywilliam finished closer when placed over a shorter trip here last month and can also figure. Wild West Wind is preferred to Doitforthevillage after a second in a bumper at Bangor while point-to-point winner Just Bill debuts under Rules today.

Formwatch

Mont Choisy (FR) 6-4fav (11-3) With winner, mistake 5 out, ridden before last, kept on and always held run-in, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Atlantic Gold (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m (3) gd in Oct.

Ballywilliam (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway 4 out, every chance 2 out, kept on in 3rd from last, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Tapaculo (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (5) sft in Nov.

Battle Dust (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, reminders when lost place after 8th, headway under pressure 10th, chased front pair before 2 out, soon ridden, 3 lengths down in 2nd at last, rallied flat, gaining towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 8, hd behind Crosspark (10-12) at Southwell 3m (4) sft in Nov.

Doitforthevillage (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) In rear, headway before 3 out, ridden and in 5th before 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 13, dist behind Emerging Force (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 3f mdn (4) sft in Nov.

Just Bill (IRE) Evens (12-2) Chsd ldrs, 4th 6out, chall 2out & sn rddn, ev ch when mstk last, no ch with easy wnr early flat, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Lenamore Boy (11-11) at Ballindenisk 3m gd in May.

Wild West Wind (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Made most until ridden and headed over 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Compadre (11-4) at Bangor 2m 1f (6) sft in Nov.