It’s the unofficial start of the Jumps season at Chepstow on Friday as their two-day meeting begins. Paul Nicholls will undoubtedly have been counting down the days so he can unleash his powerful string. You will find the name ‘Paul Nicholls’ a lot when sifting through the previous winner data for this meeting. With that in mind, we’ve combined his five runners on Friday into a huge 707-1 accumulator. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Flash Collonges (11-10, bet365) showed plenty of promise as a hurdler, winning three of his five starts. His future always looked to be over the larger obstacles but things didn’t really go to plan last season. A second wind operation in the spring suggests some breathing issues may be preventing him from finishing off his races. He retains plenty of potential and has a great chance with his breathing problems hopefully behind him.
Outlaw Peter (8-1, William Hill) has always been campaigned in way which suggests that his trainer thinks highly of him. Feeling the benefit of wind surgery in January, he won his last start at Kempton in May. That 11-length victory is probably the Outlaw Peter which Nicholls sees at home so hopefully he can build on that performance and become a smart prospect.
Hugos New Horse (6-4, bet365) made a winning start to his career in a Worcester bumper last October. He struggled somewhat in a Listed race next time which was one by a stablemate. Having been hampered, his finishing position was perhaps exacerbated. Always likely to be one for obstacles, it’s likely that he’s a chaser in the making but should be capable of winning one or two of these.
Dancingontheedge (6-4, bet365) did it in good style on debut at Worcester. She won her bumper by eight-and-a-half lengths and looked very smart in doing so. That would have been a good learning experience for her and she should progress on hurdles debut. This mare is almost certainly going to thrive over obstacles and this looks like a great starting point for the season.
Sonigino (5-1, William Hill) didn’t quite hit the heights that were expected of him last season but it’s possible that he just hadn’t acclimatised. With A British summer under his belt, it’s quite possible that we’ll see a much smarter horse this season. Now down to a mark of 119 which could be significant in what looks like a winnable race. Could be a shrewd piece of placing from his trainer and should run well.
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