Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 09:30 11/10/2015
Cheltenham Festival winner Present View heads the betting in what looks a cracking lineup for Sunday's John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase at Chepstow. Jamie Snowdon's stable star registered a solid third in the Paddy Power Gold Cup when last seen over fences and is sure to have his supporters on return, while Top Gamble will be hoping to pick up where he left off, though returns to action off a stiff mark for winning a valuable novice event at Ayr in April.
Then there's Ballygarvey, a four-time winner over fences who has gone well fresh in the past and the Paul Nicholls-trained Howlongisafoot who landed 2 of his 5 chases last term and usually runs his race, but it's Tara Road that looks to have slipped under the radar and the outsider of the field is a sporting each-way bet at 16/1 with Paddy Power.
Granted, pulling up on his last two starts hardly reads well, but both of those efforts were over 3 miles and todays shorter trip of 2m3f 98yds is well within the compass of the Kayf Tara gelding. Rebecca Curtis's 7-year-old won a bumper at today's venue back in 2013 and enjoyed success over 2m5f in a novice handicap at Ffos Las in November, so the lightly weighted runner could feasibly spring a shock from 4 lb out of the handicap.
Wilton Milan makes his debut for Dan Skelton, but may need the handicapper to relent, with similar remarks applying to the Philip Hobbs-trained Filbert, while Astracad usually makes at least one mistake and Third Intention has a tough task giving weight away to this field.
1pt each-way - Tara Road 16/1 Paddy Power