13:05 Chepstow

Friday 27 December 2019

All12:3013:0513:3514:1014:5015:2515:55

'The Smart Money's On Coral' Handicap Chase

Class 2  |   2m 3f 98y  |   Heavy (Soft in places)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 13:05  |   Winning time: 5m 7.0s
Weighed In
1
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-12  |  J: Harry Skelton |  T: D Skelton|  OR: 143
25/1

Ran out in a 2m novice chase at Cheltenham (good) in October last year and finished well beaten over 2m1f at Ascot (good-to-soft) the following month. Unraced since and market support would be notable on his return to action.

2
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-11  |  J: J McGrath |  T: N J Henderson|  OR: 142
4/1

First start since wind surgery and still held chances when blundering three out in a handicap chase over an extended 2m at Newbury (good-to-soft) at the end of last month. Ultimately pulled up that day he is one for the shortlist in this contest.

3
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-4  |  J: T J O'Brien |  T: P J Hobbs|  OR: 135
8/1

Beaten 8L when third in a 3m handicap chase at Bangor (heavy) last month. Never involved when pulled up over the Grand National fences at Aintree (2m5f, soft) on his most recent start and he is an interesting runner back over regulation fences.

4
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-3  |  J: R Johnson |  T: P J Hobbs|  OR: 134
2/1

Dual hurdles winner and successful over fences at Sandown (2m4f, soft) in November last year. Disappointing in the main since including when pulled up in a Grade 3 over 2m4f at Cheltenham (soft) last month.

5
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-9  |  J: Alan Johns |  T: P Bowen|  OR: 126|  CD
22/1

C&D winner was returning from a break when pulling up in a handicap hurdle over an extended 2m7f on soft going here last month. Return to fences a positive off a mark 5lb higher than when winning at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in April.

6
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-8  |  J: H F Nugent |  T: Miss V Williams|  OR: 125|  CD
15/8

In good form since switched to fences this season following up a victory over C&D on soft ground with a 12L success over an extended 2m5f at Wetherby (soft) a month ago. Raised 11lb for that latest effort and holds strong claims once more.

7
Age: 11|  Weight: 10-7  |  J: P J Brennan |  T: A E Jones|  OR: 124|  D
16/1

Making his first appearance since wind surgery when pulling up over an extended 2m6f at Newbury (good-to-soft) at the end of last month. Worth a check in the market down in trip off a mark 1lb higher than for his most recent victory.

Betting

Forecast

Eceparti (15/8), Springtown Lake (2/1), Whatswrongwithyou (4/1), Kayf Adventure (8/1), Tiquer (16/1), Lord Bryan (22/1), One For Billy (25/1)

Verdict

Venetia Williams has taken this race five times in recent years in the last seven years and herECEPARTI has shown improved form since switching to fences and the youngest horse in the field can complete a hat-trick with victory in this seven runner handicap chase. Whatswrongwithyou was running well prior to a blunder on his seasonal reappearance and he can put that behind him to claim second place ahead of One For Billy who is making his first start in over 12 months.
  1. Eceparti
  2. Whatswrongwithyou
  3. One For Billy

Previous Winners

2018
Doitforthevillage
Weight: 10-10  |Age: 9
Weight: 10-10  |  
Age: 9  |  
J: P J Brennan
  |  
T: P Henderson
7/1

Prize Money

1st: £17,204.002nd: £5,082.003rd: £2,541.004th: £1,270.005th: £635.006th: £319.00

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