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13:20 Chepstow

Unibet Offering 5 Places In National Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 110y
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £6,000 added
  • Winner: £3,899
  • 2nd: £1,145
  • 3rd: £572
  • 4th: £286
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 56.20s
  • Off Time: 13:21:06
  • 6 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
1
Silk - Maroon, pink epaulets, sleeves and star on cap

Arzal (FR)

35 D
4/9
  • Form 2-2136P
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 139

made all, soon clear, hit 2nd, given breather and reduced lead after 4 out, clear again from 2 out, kept on strongly, unchallenged

2
Silk - Red and Royal Blue check, Royal Blue sleeves, Red diamonds, Royal Blue cap, Red star
11/2
  • Form 34F21
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 124

tracked leading pair, disputing 2nd after 4 out, 2nd after 2 out, hit last, no chance with winner

3
Silk - Yellow, Royal Blue spots and sleeves, Yellow cap

Perspicace

26 D
9/2
  • Form 1
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-13

chased winner, pushed along and held when mistake 2 out, soon lost 2nd, no extra

4
Silk - Dark Green, Light Green epaulets and armlets
  • Form 0-44430
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-13

took keen hold early, in rear, tailed off when unseated rider 3 out

6
Silk - Yellow, dark blue epaulets, chevrons on sleeves, dark blue cap, yellow star
40/1
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-7

held up of fthe pace in 5th, 4th and pushed along after 4 out, outpaced after next

7
Silk - Turquoise Blue, Scarlet hoops, striped sleeves, White cap
100/1
  • Form 3557
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-6

off the pace in 4th, pushed along and struggling after 4 out, soon weakened

5
NR
11/2
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 131

Nonrunner

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

ARZAL can take advantage of this big drop in class to resume winning ways. He disappointed in the Imperial Cup last time but his earlier sixth in the betfair Hurdle at Newbury is easily the best form on offer in this and Paul O'Brien's claim negates his penalty. Perspicace is probably the one most capable of cashing in if the selection fails to deliver again. He made a winning start at Taunton and should have plenty more to offer. Global Thrill won a maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot last month but this is tougher and all-weather winner Warrigal lacks both experience and a recent run.

Formwatch

Arzal (FR) 10-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, tailed off when blundered 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Ebony Express (10-7) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Mar, 23 ran.

Global Thrill 11-2 (10-11) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, edged left run-in, kept on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Seven Nation Army (11-2) by 2l, 12 ran.

Perspicace 10-3 (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 3rd 7th, 2nd 3 out, led well before next, clear before last, pushed out run-in, eased in closing stages, won at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Createur (10-7) by 5l, 9 ran.

Run Hurricane (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led, mistake 3rd, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, well behind Mister Grez (11-7) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) gs.

Abyaat (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leader until 8f out, chased leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, soon behind and eased, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Bold Runner (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May (flat).

Penzflo (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) In rear, weakened before 5 out, last of 7, well behind She's Da One (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.

Warrigal (IRE) 3-1fav (9-12) Took keen hold in touch, led over 1f out, soon hard pressed, kept on well under pressure, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) in Aug beating Cousin Khee (10-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran (flat).