The latest statement from Chepstow Racecourse states that the Welsh track are confident of racing going ahead as planned on Friday afternoon. Hopefully, the confidence expressed by the home of the Welsh Grand National is not misplaced as we will be providing Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for three of the races taking place.
We will supply a Horse Racing tip for the extended 2m 7f handicap chase at 2.20pm, along with the contests taking pace at 3.20pm and 3.50pm.
Our Tip for the 2.20pm at Chepstow:
This moderate contest provides the Venetia Williams-trained Subcontinent with a good opportunity to record his first victory in five attempts over fences.
The mount of Charlie Deutsch, a dual winner over hurdles, should appreciate the step-up in trip and the testing ground in a race where good recent form is thin on the ground.
The Dubawi gelding has dropped to a mark of 117, 3lb lower than when sauntering home by 10 lengths in a maiden hurdle at Perth in 2018. And has shown enough in three runs over fences this season to suggest that a race of this nature is well within his capabilities.
Top weight Butterwick Brook ran his best race over fences at Exeter in December. But the mount of Harry Cobden has been raised 5lb and with the Tizzard stable still under something of a cloud, is best watched on this occasion.
This leaves Doncaster second Big Nasty and the lightly-weighted Colonel Keating as the others to consider.
Our Tip for the 3.20pm at Chepstow:
The Henry Oliver-trained Western Climate ran out a game winner at Warwick on the last day of December but faces a much stiffer test here off a 6lb higher mark and 12st 2lb to shoulder.
Alminar, Muffins For Tea and Phoenix Rock are all capable of going well. But the most interesting contender is the ex hunter chaser Tinkers Hill Tommy on his first start for Rebecca Curtis.
The King’s Theatre gelding won a two mile seven and a half furlong hunter chase by 19 lengths here back in 2018, with the now 138-rated Pink Eyed Pedro well back in fourth place.
The ex Mrs Bridget Lewis-trained 10-year-old could be thrown-in here off 112, now in the hands of a trainer who excels with this type of staying chaser.
Our Tip for the 3.50pm at Chepstow:
After winning National Hunt flat races at Ffos Las and Musselburgh by distances of four and 13 lengths respectively, the Venetia Williams-trained Easy As That looked an exciting hurdling prospect for this season.
The six-year-old has been let down by some novicey jumping in both of his starts over the smaller obstacles, at Bangor and here at Chepstow. But, providing the mount of Gavin Sheehan has learnt from that initial experience and puts in a more fluent round of hurdling, the son of Sans Frontieres could have been let in lightly on his handicap debut off a mark of 114.
The unexposed Imperial Flem and Miss Jeanne Moon could be the two to take advantage should Easy As That’s jumping let him down once again.
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