2.55pm Chepstow Tips & Betting Preview 09/01/2016

2.55pm Chepstow Saturday 9th January

Free Tip: Racing Pulse at 10/1 Each Way

Race Details

Race Time: 2.55pm Meeting: Chepstow Day: Saturday 9th January 2015 Full Race Namecoral.co.uk Money Back If Your Horse Falls Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase Class Three

Betting Preview

Just the eight runners here but if they all their ground that is ideal for each way punters with our selection looking sure to go off at a decent price. Racing Pulse (10/1) looks likely to be missed by most other so called pundits but we have noticed that Rebecca Curtis has been running him over inadequate trips so far this season but this three miles should be a lot more suitable for the lightly raced seven year old. His first ever start saw him beat Monbeg Theatre ten lengths in a point to point (and he is now rated 130 over fences), after which he took a Naas bumper and a two and three quarter mile Newcastle novice hurdle before a good third to Aubusson at Cheltenham and a second to Seeyouatmidnight at Musselburgh before being a bit outclassed sat Aintree when a distant sixth to Beat That. Moving yards from John Quinn, he has been sent novice chasing this season and was seventh to Cocktails at Dawn at Chepstow and then fifth to Coologue at Bangor, both over two and a half miles, which failed to bring his stamina in to play. Stepped up in trip today and with these races under his belt he should run a much better race and in our never ending search for value, he looks the one to be on to us.

Courtown Oscar (5/1) looks likely to prove popular in the betting market having won his last couple of contests at Carlisle and Wetherby, one over hurdles on heavy and one on soft over fences, and both over this sort of trip. His first four length win was impressive but he ran off of a five pound higher mark over fences and laughed at his rivals with an easy eight length win, but off of a stone higher today he won’t be finding life quite so easy and has pretty much been forced to step up to a grade he is yet to win in.

Meanwhile, Wizards Bridge (4/1) has to try and carry top weight of eleven stone eight to victory but he is trained by Colin Tizzard, so all things are possible. His first ever run over fences here at Chepstow, he looked badly in need of the run and duly finished a soundly beaten fifth but he showed the benefit of that run next time out at Exeter with a head win from St Dominick and showed that was no fluke with a second spot to Smooth Stepper (received four pounds) at Newcastle, only beaten three quarters of a length. Put up another two pounds for that he isn’t in our view well handicapped, but is a nice enough horse and seems sure to run well regardless.

Donald McCain had a winner yesterday (Friday) at Doncaster and will hope to add another courtesy of Subtle Grey (10/3) who scored at Carlisle last time out and seems to have a preference for this heavy ground. He is certainly admirably consistent with a first three placing in all his races under rules and his last two in point to points as well, so must be of plenty of appeal to each way punters, and is potentially well weighted over fences off a mark of 126 having peaked at 130 over hurdles and is certainly one we are pretty wary of today with Barry Geraghty an eye catching jockey booking.

We will end this race with Heronshaw (12/1), mainly because Henry Daly is a master trainer when it comes to staying chasers. He has raced off a mark two pounds higher over hurdles and is a late comer to the chasing ranks at the age of nine, but has to be better than we have seen so far (third and pulled up in two attempts), and may run a better race than the bare form suggests.

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