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16:45 Chepstow

John Smith's Premier Club Handicap Chase (Class 5)

  • 15 Runners
  • Distance: 3m
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • ¤0 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 22.80s
  • 15 Ran
1
Silk - Grey, Maroon cross belts, Maroon cap
20/1
  • Form P-9912P
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 90

mid-division, headway to chase leader 4th, weakened 12th, pulled up before 4 out

2
Silk - Mackenzie Tartan, Red sleeves, Green and White hooped cap
13/2
  • Form 423424
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 88

mid-division, reminders 7th, outpaced 9th, stayed on from 5 out

4
Silk - Emerald Green, Orange hoops, checked sleeves, quartered cap
16/1
  • Form 5FP-663
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 87

always on rear, pulled up before 4 out

5
Silk - Black, Red braces and sleeves, quartered cap
20/1
  • Form 3-3P4PP
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 85

in touch, ridden and loast place 7th, pulled up before 11th

6
Silk - Black and White diamonds, Yellow sleeves, Black and White quartered cap
  • Form 70-845P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 85

tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, led approaching 12th, ridden when headed 5 out, weakened

7
Silk - Dark Green, Mauve stars, White sleeves, Dark Blue cap, Mauve stars
20/1
  • Form F07-562
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 82

in touch, close up when unseated rider 9th

9
Silk - Purple, Pink spots, Pink sleeves, Purple spots
40/1
  • Form P/31P-P5
  • Age 13
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 81

mid-division, lost place after 7th and soon pulled up

11
Silk - RED, YELLOW sash, armlets and cap
10/1
  • Form 463733
  • Age 13
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 80

mid-division, headway to chase leader 7th, ridden 12th, chased winner from 3 out, no impression

12
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, DARK BLUE chevrons on body, WHITE cap
  • Form 3PP343
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 79

led 3rd, blundered 4th, headed next, led briefly 11th, ridden next, weakened 4 out

13
Silk - Black, White cross belts, Yellow sleeves, Black spots and spots on cap
12/1
  • Form 67F2P4
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 79

started slowly, rushed up to lead 1st, headed 3rd, stayed prominent until ridden 12th and one pace from next

14
Silk - White and red diamonds, red sleeves, white stars, check cap
  • Form 3643PP
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 78

always in rear, reminder 7th, pulled up before 10th

15
Silk - Royal Blue and Light Blue (quartered), Light Blue sleeves, Royal Blue armlets
5/1
  • Form 48P312
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 77

in touch, mistake 3rd, led 5th, headed after 10th, weakened 12th and pulled up beofre 3 out

16
Silk - Light Blue, Black disc, Dark Blue sleeves, Black cap
  • Form 7863P3
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 76

always in rear, lost touch 8th, pulled up before 11th

17
Silk - DARK BLUE and YELLOW check, halved sleeves, YELLOW cap
  • Form S2366U
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-11
  • Official Rating 75

mid-division, headed to go in touch 7th, ridden 13th, led next, clear 4 out, unchallenged

18
Silk - Emerald Green, Red cross belts, hooped sleeves and cap
  • Form 73U4P/4
  • Age 12
  • Weight 10-10
  • Official Rating 74

always in rear, lost touch 12th, pulled up before 4 out

10
NR
  • Form PR1-P46
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 81

8
NR
  • Form PP3P23
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 81

3
NR
  • Form 08-4804
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-9
  • Official Rating 87

In depth

Verdict

This is a race that looks as tough to call as the big one at Aintree and what can only be a tentative vote goes to Jacarado, who is preferred to Southerndown and Paddy The Optimist. The last mentioned has slipped to an attractive mark and would have solid claims if able to bounce back to form but there is no guarantee of that. Sweet Minuet had little chance behind Reveillez at Folkestone two starts ago but lost little in defeat in more suitable company last time and has claims on that evidence. General O'Keeffe has been pulled up in his last three starts and is probably best watched, while Zimbabwe has yet to win a race and is hard to back with confidence to do so here. Sissinghurst Storm has a nice racing weight and is another to consider along with the consistent Southerndown. Jacarado has not done much wrong of late though and he gets the vote to resume winning ways.

Formwatch

Five Alley (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Mid-division, weakened approaching 4 out, 4th of 13, 29l behind Calusa Charlie (11-2) at Newbury 3m nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.

Sweet Minuet 16-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden 7th, chased winner 3 out, kept on but no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Better Moment (11-4) at Chepstow 2m cnd hcp chs (5) gs in Mar.

Southerndown (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) In touch, ridden and outpaced 5 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 8, 12l behind River of Light (10-11) at Chepstow 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) hvy in Mar.

Zimbabwe (FR) 11-1 (11-3) Chased leaders until after 13th, 4th of 15, 38l behind Valley Warrior (9-8) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gd in Mar.

Jacarado (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway after 4th, jumped right 9th and 2 out, ridden to lead briefly, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Parkinson (10-5) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-88 (5) hvy in Mar.

Paddy The Optimist (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway 9th, ridden to lead and hit 2 out, soon headed and weakened, 3rd of 15, 12l behind Valley Warrior (9-8) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gd in Mar.

Sissinghurst Storm (IRE) 11-2fav (10-11) Mid-division, 7 lengths down when blundered and unseated rider at the 14th in race won by Valley Warrior (9-8) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gd in Mar, 15 ran.

General O'Keeffe 9-4fav (12-0) 3rd of 12, 9l behind Zesta Fiesta (12-0) at Buckfastleigh 3m ptp gd in Mar.