Our race preview takes a look at a very strong Novices Chase at Chepstow. The Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy is always an exciting race and there are lots of exciting chasing prospects on show, see our betting tips below.
IN SUMMARY: This race is historically very strong, and this years renewal is no different. Clan Des Obeaux was 6th in the Triumph and looks and exciting prospect this year but FLYING ANGEL may well have his measure. Although he has to give Nicholls’ gelding a stone, he improved rapidly over hurdles last season and bolted in on chase debut with complete ease. He looks the one to beat with Hammersly Lake likely to put up a strong challenge also.
1 FLYING ANGEL – Improved hand over fist last season when hurdling, winning the Imperial Cup before just being pipped to the Martin Pipe at the Festival. Took to fences very well on chasing debut at Perth (2m4f, Soft) when winning by an easy 16 lengths. Giving a lot of weight to some very useful rivals but if improving for that run latest he should have enough to win this.
2 HAMMERSLY LAKE – Fell on chasing debut and had to go back to hurdles to gain some confidence, but that clearly worked when winning by 12 lengths at Market Rasen in August (2m3f, Good). Beat Reejah in 2nd who was also beaten by Flying Angel, so that form can be comparable and would suggest he has something to find with that rival. Remains with potential and the preferred Henderson runner, will most likely push Flying Angel hard.
3 THEINVAL – 3rd in the Betfred Summer Plate back in July (2m5f, Good) and that is solid form to say the least. Armed with plenty of experience that could lead him in good stead, but might be vulnerable to a few of these judged on Hurdle Form.
4 OUR KAEMPFER – Smart novice hurdler who was last seen finishing 5th in the Pertemps at The Festival. Makes chase debut today for the inform Longsdon yard and certainly has the ability to be involved if taking to fences.
5 ROCK THE KASBAH – Was patchy over hurdles but did show some very encouraging form at some stages last season, mainly when winning the Holloway’s Handicap at Ascot in January (2m3f, Soft). Should make a good chaser but might need this run.
6 CLAN DES OBEAUX – Lightly raced and very promising over hurdles, last seen finishing 6th in the Triumph at The Festival (2m, Good). Goes chasing after just 3 runs over hurdles and is certainly an exciting prospect over fences, has to be considered the main danger to the selection today.
myracing Forecast Prices: 1/1 Clan Des Obeaux, 2/1 Flying Angel, 4/1 Hammersly Lake, 6/1 Our Kaempfer, 13/2 Rock The Kasbah, 16/1 Theinval