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
Silk - Light blue, brown chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap
  • Form 121212
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 132

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

Silk - Black, light blue hoop and sleeves, white cap
  • Form 56/21-43
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

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

Silk - Red, white sleeves, emerald green stars, white cap, emerald green star
  • Form P/P51-2
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-12

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

Silk - Brown, light blue braces
  • Form 13-F6
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-12

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

Silk - Beige, black hoop, armlets and cap
  • Form P23P1/2-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12

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

Silk - Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap
  • Form 1/2
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-12

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

In depth


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.


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.