Course form can be absolutely crucial when looking for a winner. If you know your way around a place, you are going to have an advantage over somebody who has never been there before. The same applies to horses – knowing your way around a venue is always a big advantage. Adrian Wall has picked out 4 former course winners at Chepstow on Wednesday. He has formed an enormous 494-1 accumulator with all four runners, who have solid chances individually. It can be backed with William Hill.
Just the five runners go to post for this handicap chase and there is only one former course winner in the field. Le Cameleon of the Nick Williams yard was a winner over hurdles here on heavy ground over two miles in the past. He has that all important course form but the ground will also be testing so he ticks a lot of boxes. Arriving here in good heart after a runner-up finish at Market Rasen, he has leading claims.
There are two course winners in this field, one being Caswell Bay of the Evan Williams yard. That runner has dropped to a tempting mark but the best chance of the two has to be Nightboattoclyro. Samuel Drinkwater’s charge was a novice winner over track and trip in December 2019 and looked in great shape last time out. On stable debut at Doncaster when last seen, he got the job done and a five pound hike in the weights is fair.
The form of the Robert Stephens yard is a big worry (0/32 in 2020-21 season to date) but his course specialist Mere Anarchy nonetheless has solid claims. The ten-year-old bumped into one when well clear of the remainder in second here over hurdles in November. He is up three pounds in the weights for that effort but this strong travelling sort should be able to make his presence felt in this lineup.
Venetia Williams is in good form at present and seeking the four-timer, Kapga De Lily could be too good for her rivals here. For an eight-year-old, this mare has very low mileage on the clock and she won with an abundance of authority last time out at Hereford. If she can repeat that effort, then a six pound hike in the weights might not be enough to stop her. She bolted up here in November so is very familiar with the place.