4.00pm Chepstow Tips & Betting Preview 06/06/2017

A field of ten fillies go to post for the fifth race of the day on a bumper card at Chepstow on Tuesday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.

IN SUMMARY: With two good efforts in maidens the last twice, an opening mark of 72 for MANY WATERS on handicap debut looks fair and she could take some stopping in this for the in form Andrew Balding team. She was sixth in a competitive looking maiden a Newbury on her latest start when rallying after losing her place down the side and with this race likely to be easier, she can take full advantage under David Probert with conditions to suit. Star Of Doha faded late on at Salisbury on her final maiden start which raises stamina concerns and her biggest danger is likely to come from Miss Inga Sock, who is looking for the hat trick.

1 MISS INGA SOCK – Has won her last two handicap starts including on her latest run over C&D, pushed out under hands and heels towards the finish for a comfortable victory. She was however probably suited by a steadily run affair and another 3lb rise does make this much tougher, as she may well be found out if this a truly run race. She’s entitled to an each way chance under 5lb claimer Georgia Cox for the in form Eve Johnston Houghton team, but could just be vulnerable this time around.

2 MANY WATERS – Has shown good ability in her maiden runs for Andrew Balding, narrowly denied by a neck at Kempton on her penultimate start before another good effort when sixth in a much more competitive race than this at Newbury in April. On that basis a mark of 72 on handicap debut is definitely fair and could potentially be lenient, as she remains with huge amounts of potential for in form connections. Conditions should be of no concern and if she takes another step forward after a small break, she looks the likely winner under the in form David Probert.

3 STAR OF DOHA – Showed ability in three maidens for the in form Ralph Beckett team including on her latest start when forth at Salisbury where she only weakened out of things late on, though a mark of 71 on handicap debut does look harsh. More is needed and progress is of course likely for connections in such brilliant form, though you’d have to question her stamina for this far judging by how she folded late in the day at Salisbury. Likely to play a leading role but probably vulnerable to a fast finisher.

4 DISTANT HIGH – Performs well in the main here for Richard Price and although she is as inconsistent as they come, she tends to save her best for the Welsh course. Her last win came here back in April 2016 off a 4lb higher mark, though she has been decidedly disappointing since then with her return effort here last month perhaps her best effort since then. She clearly needed the run when coming home too late in the piece and she should strip fitter this time, with conditions to suit and Tom Marquand taking the ride other obvious pluses. She has a good chance if back to her best and shouldn’t be discounted.

5 ALNASL – Won a maiden at the third attempt at Brighton when upped to this trip for the first time, though that was a race she was entitled to win and she showed temperament when carrying her head awkwardly in the final furlong. She was last seen in a classified stakes at Salisbury where she was well beaten in eighth and she has a bit to prove on handicap debut with the hood left off. A mark of 69 isn’t necessarily harsh on what she has shown thus far and she has a good each way chance if back to her best, though she does have risks attached.

6 TWENTY TIMES – 100,000 euro purchase for True Reds and she made three starts thus far under the handling of Richard Hughes, showing ability in all three of those runs. She is now up in trip on handicap debut off a mark of 67, which could prove lenient as her damn stayed this far and the price tag would suggest better is expected of her now she’s up in trip. Likely player under Shane Kelly with conditions to suit and market support would be very interesting.

7 LASSANA ANGEL – Came home strongly on both her attempts at the mile for Roger Charlton and her latest run at Salisbury when upped to 1m 2f was not a fair reflection of her ability as she was far too keen off a steady pace, hanging badly down the straight when trying to lay down a challenge. She starts off in handicaps off a mark of 66 which is fair and if getting a better run race this time around she looks a likely challenger under Kieran Shoemark with the yard going so well at present.

8 CECILATOR – Showed little to no ability in two maidens for Noel Williams before marked improvement to finish forth in a Salisbury maiden last time out, though that perhaps wasn’t a true reflection of her ability as she was handy throughout off a steady pace. On that basis an opening mark of 65 looks harsh and it looks very unlikely she’ll be making an impact in this if they go any sort of pace, so she’s probably best watched this time unless the market speaks differently.

9 MOONLIGHT SILVER – Another to show minor ability in maidens but she failed to impress on handicap debut when well beaten in tenth place, eased when her chance was gone inside the final furlong. She is down three pounds but still has something to prove as this isn’t any easier, with connections pinning their hopes on a step up in trip to eek out further improvement. On her pedigree that should suit but she may just need her mark to slip further before she’s making an impact in these sorts of contests, so she’s best watched this time around.

10 ORITHIA – Still a maiden after seven attempts for Seamus Durack, with a career best coming on her latest start at Chelmsford when she was upped to the mile, keeping on well to snatch second late on. She’s up a pound as a result and it’s certainly interesting that connections have opted to go further in terms of distance, as her stamina is far from assured and she did start her career off at the minimum distance.

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