Cheppers and Kempers are the two venues for today’s televised racing and we will start with the crowdless meeting in Wales, where the feature race is the Coral Welsh Grand National at 2.50.
Last year’s winner Secret Reprieve is back for another go, but this time without a prep run and off a 6lb higher mark, which is a big ask.
This year’s Trial race was won by Iwilldoit, having its first race since April and coming home 24 lengths clear and, although the presence of Native River has shoved most of the field out of the handicap, an extra 10 clicks on the rating shouldn’t stop Sam Thomas‘ 8-y-o giving it a good go. This, then, is our first pick at 7-1.
We also like the chances of Potters Corner, winner of this race 2 years ago off 5lbs higher than today and back to form last time out and we can’t let Deise Aba go unbacked either, after its nose defeat at Sandown 3 weeks ago.
Each way bets on these two at 14-1 and 11-1 go on the betting slip.
Coverage starts with the Coral Handicap Chase at 1.05 and our selection in this is the locally trained Zambezi Fix, which is available at 13-2.
Bernard Llewellyn‘s 6-y-o has run two of its best races over this CD and tuned up for today with a sound second over hurdles at Sandown so an each way bet is recommended.
Juveniles take centre stage at 1.40 in the Coral Finale Hurdle and here we look no further than Forever Blessed from the Harry Fry yard.
Unlike the opposition, this Zoffany gelding is unraced on the Flat but has won its two hurdle runs by an aggregate of 29 lengths, easing up both times. ‘Could be anything’ sums it up and we’ll find out at 9-4.
The Coral Handicap Hurdle at 2.10 completes the coverage and we hope to see Flashjack defy its advancing years by outstaying this lot. Henry Daly‘s 11-y-o was having its first run since March when finishing a good third over this CD behind today’s favourite Take Your Time on good to soft ground.
Conditions this afternoon are much more favourable, as the old boy likes to get its hooves in and, with an 8lb pull must be the each way value at 17-2.
Four races are on the box from Kempton but two of those are not for betting, more for seeing how Edwardstone and Shishkin get on, so we’ll go to the Ladbrokes Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at 1.50.
All appearances suggest that two of the seven runners have been specifically targeted at this race – namely Coded Message and Emmpressive Lady.
Coded Message won this race in 2019 and finished third in it last year, with Emmpressive Lady in second. Both have had promising pipe openers and one of them will probably win it. We will stick strictly to the form book and plump for Coded Message, which has a 13lb pull compared with a year ago and is lower rated than when victorious the year before. We suggest a win bet at 7-2 and will also throw in a tad of an RFC – so there.
That just leaves the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase at 3.10 in which we go for a cautious each way bet on Fortescue at 9-2.
7th in the Ladbroke last time, Henry Daly‘s 7-y-o has won 5 of its 11 chase starts and today could make it 6.
That’s it – enjoy the cricket highlights.
Iwilldoit 2.50 Chepstow 1.5pts e/w @ 7-1 (7 places Skybet/Hills)
Potters Corner 2.50 Chepstow 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (7 places Skybet/Hills)
Deise Aba 2.50 Chepstow 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (7 places Skybet/Hills)
Zambezi Fix 1.05 Chepstow 1pt e/w 13-2 (4 places)
Forever Blessed 1.40 Chepstow 3pts win @ 9-4
Flashjack 2.10 Chepstow 1pt e/w @ 17-2 (2 places)
Coded Message 1.55 Kempton 2pts win @ 7-2
Coded Message/Emmpressive Lady 1.55 Kempton 0.5pts RFC
Fortescue 3.10 Kempton 1.5pts e/w @ 9-2 (4 places)