The veterans chase series is always a popular series amongst National Hunt fans and it starts back up again with the popular old timers out where only 7 appear but a good mix of a 7.
Former Grand National favourite Cloth Cap is at the top of the weights and currently priced up as the favourite. though really since then Cloth Cap has lost his way since that day at Aintree where he was really backed into favourite. You could say he has regressed since then. Big ask carrying top weight here.
Al Roc only ran 4 days ago at Stratford I think a big ask even though he is at the bottom of the weights to come out and race again. Some Chaos won this last year and has to be considered though you do worry 4 of his last 6 starts he has pulled up. That reflects that in the weights where he is 2 pound lower than he was this time last year. However, he looks a risky betting proposition.
Mighty Don is another risky betting proposition given his last win was 2 years ago here. so, it may rejuvenate him back here
Forgot To Ask is my choice here at a double figure looking price (one bookies paying 3 places) at time of writing. Forgot To Ask has won around Chepstow before and the ground will be to his liking. Forgot To Ask bar a pull up is a fairly consistent horse placing on occasions as well. Forgot To Ask finds himself here at the bottom of the weights which could play right into his hands and he may not get a better chance of winning then here. Tom George horses have been running well last few weeks given he hasn't got many summer jumpers. Which suggest Forgot To Ask should be ready. I think a double figure price here is great value.
FORGOT TO ASK (E/W) 14:10 Chepstow
The Persian War novice hurdle race is a race some National Hunt fans get excited about over this 2 days Chepstow race meet that signals the start of the National Hunt season.
Current market favourite Quid Go Pro comes into this as the market favourite for Dan Skelton has only been seen twice this year. winning over summer jumps race meets at Newton Abbot & Worcester.
This 6-year-old is very lightly raced and last time out he did hang to his right slightly which is a slight concern when you're stepping up in class and against better opposition when you consider Chepstow is a left-handed track. I think at a price is worth taking on.
Outlaw Peter was last seen winning at Kempton in May and the wind surgery prior seemed to have done the trick. Has not been seen since then. Certainly, has each way chance here. Maybe the case of whether like a lot of Paul Nicholls first time out at this time of the season whether he has them fit ready to go or they will improve for the run next time out. Scipion is the only course winner out of the runners here so that is a positive for him
Presentandcounting continues to rack up the wins and won with ease last time out at Warwick that was only a couple of weeks ago. But with Brian Hughes operating at a 30% strike rate & Trainer Donald McCain continuing to place Presentandcounting well certainly will be in contention.
Accidental Rebel half-brother of Special Tiara looks an outside each way play given rattling up a Hatrick since moving to Fergal O'Brien yard.
Deeper Blue providing he is fit and ready is my play in this race. Harry Fry are hoping for a big season having move yard and taking time to settle his string in. Deeper Blue was impressive at Fontwell and followed that up winning in a handicap at Exeter. Deeper Blue came 2nd to Stage Star last year and lots of people really rate Stage Star so it's another line of strong form. Harry Fry had a winner Wednesday with one of his runners so that could suggest there race fit ready. I think the penny has dropped potentially with Deeper Blue at around a each way price (At time of writing) could give the favourite a lot to think about
DEEPER BLUE (E/W)
written by Luke Tucker