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15:20 Chepstow

A fairly open looking race in this 2-mile handicap hurdle sees some familiar faces from last season National Hunt season making there re appearance of the new National Hunt season.

Cabot Cliffs ran with credit in the Fred Winter Handicap at the festival and you have to respect however I'm not convinced the drying ground at Chepstow will benefit him all his victories have come with soft in the description. Elham Valley outran his odds in the Fred Winter Handicap at the festival finishing 3rd at 66/1 odds. However again I'm not sure will want this livelier ground and could do with it being slightly softer.

Casa Loupi won back-to-back races towards end of last season but im not really sure if that form holds up in what was small field class 4 races. certainly, needs to step up from what he has shown so far. But I'm sure will win a handicap race in the future if it's not today

Horse I really fancy to go well is Hell Red trainer Paul Nicholls has a good record in history with this race. Hell Red himself has won at the course and distance so won't have a problem with the track. To me will not mind the drying ground at Chepstow.

All his winning form has been on good ground and that is what he will get today. Nicholls usually has his string ready to attack the season early on and I don't see that changing today with a number of chances in other races he has. Hell Red is still lightly raced compared to some others in today's race and I'm hoping the break over the summer will do him good


written by Luke Tucker


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