January 06 / 15.20 Chepstow

15.20 Chepstow Heavy

Peter Michael Dixon Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5663.84
  • 2m 3f 100y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 5m 18s
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Peter Michael Dixon Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.20
  • Place: £2.80

Form: 8828-5

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Promising second in a Lingfield novice (2m3f, soft) last November but he's been well held in only two runs since, most recently in a Warwick handicap (2m5f, soft; first run after wind surgery) last month; still lightly raced and mark is falling but has something to prove.
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15

22nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:40 Perth

Straight Swap

10st 1lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Andrew Hamilton

2nd

3

12th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 197y

Class 4

14:05 Ayr

Straight Swap

10st 12lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Andrew Hamilton

5th

4

20th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:30 Chepstow

Straight Swap

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

Produced a strong finish to get off the mark in a 2m3f hurdle here in January (off this mark); promise in 3m points so no surprise to see him prominent in the betting ahead of his chase debut at Taunton 17 days ago, only to make a hash of the first; recovered well enough from that mistake but he ultimately weakened in the straight; still has potential over fences.

8/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 53-471 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Ex-Irish 6yo who made it fourth time lucky over hurdles when scoring from off the pace in a Wetherby handicap (2m3f, soft) on Boxing Day; has a penalty but he hit a clear personal best with that convincing success and is open to more progress; big player.
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3rd

4

31st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:58 Wetherby

Garincha

11st 10lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Neil Mulholland

Won here (2m3f, soft) on Boxing Day and good second at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) next time; he was wayward at Fontwell 12 days ago and the first-time cheekpieces could be a positive, but he now comes with risks attached and he wasn't at his best at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) two starts ago.

13/2

4th

5

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

16:05 Sandown

Garincha

11st 5lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Neil Mulholland

Ex-Irish gelding who opened his account at Wetherby (2m3f, soft; second run for new yard) on Boxing Day, then ran creditably behind Straight Swap at Chepstow; in form and not fully exposed.

5/1

2nd

5

6th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Garincha

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Neil Mulholland

Ex-Irish 6yo who made it fourth time lucky over hurdles when scoring from off the pace in a Wetherby handicap (2m3f, soft) on Boxing Day; has a penalty but he hit a clear personal best with that convincing success and is open to more progress; big player.

5/2

7/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 66-313

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Has improved in his three runs since wind surgery and he got off the mark at Ffos Las (3m, good) in June before a creditable third at Ludlow (2m5f, good to soft) on his return last month; untried on heavy but he seems fairly versatile ground-wise and is hard to rule out another bold bid on this drop back to 2m3f.
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5

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Jaunty Viking

11st 6lb

J: Miss Thomasina Eyston

T: Brian Eckley

5th

4

26th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:08 Chepstow

Jaunty Viking

10st 7lb

J: Miss Thomasina Eyston

T: Brian Eckley

Off the mark over hurdles at start of this season (2m6f, good) and returned from layoff with three good runs this winter, most recently when dropped back to 2m at Ffos Las (good to soft) this month; went up another 4lb for that but is also effective on slow ground; probably won't be far away.

9/2

2nd

8

1st Feb 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

14:50 Ffos Las

Jaunty Viking

11st 1lb

J: Miss Thomasina Eyston

T: Brian Eckley

Opened account here (2m6f, good) last June and, following a break, has been placed on both starts this winter; went up another 3lb for last month's Chepstow third (2m3f, heavy) and is not sure to be suited by today's drop back in trip but at least we know he's in good heart.

15/2

Form: 7P-4PP D

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Very well treated on his old form but sole hurdle win (2m3f, soft) was in February 2018 and he's been pulled up over fences and hurdles in the last two of his three runs this season; drops back in trip/grade but he needs to turn things around.
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4th

1

13th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Warwick

Point Of Principle

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Tim Vaughan

Bumper winner here on debut; useful novice hurdler back in 2017-18 but he hasn't stood a huge amount of racing in subsequent seasons; down in the weights now and latest Chepstow third (2m3f, soft) was better; slightly easier grade today and not ruled out.

10/1

3rd

3

4th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:00 Chepstow

Point Of Principle

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Tim Vaughan

Put two poor performances behind him when respectable fourth over C&D (heavy) last month and will be fine on today's much faster ground but he's nothing like the force of old and others are much more persuasive.

20/1

4th

1

6th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Point Of Principle

12st 1lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Tim Vaughan

Very well treated on his old form but sole hurdle win (2m3f, soft) was in February 2018 and he's been pulled up over fences and hurdles in the last two of his three runs this season; drops back in trip/grade but he needs to turn things around.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: /P5-15 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Very lightly raced 7yo; found improvement after wind surgery with a 22-1 win in Ffos Las maiden (2m4f, soft; 22-1) in November but he failed to match that form on heavy ground there (took strong hold) last month; has bit to prove again after that and needs to resume his progress on handicap debut.
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7th

5

11th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:55 Exeter

Lydford Lad

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jack R Barber

Found improvement after wind surgery when landing a Ffos Las maiden (2m4f, soft; 22-1) in November but he hasn't kicked on from that in three runs since; handicapper giving him a chance but he will need more now back down in trip.

10/1

3rd

1

7th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

12:45 Fontwell

Lydford Lad

11st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Jack R Barber

Found improvement after wind surgery when landing a Ffos Las maiden (2m4f, soft; 22-1) in November but he's faded into a well-held fifth in both subsequent runs (novice/handicap); still lightly raced but he needs to kick on again to make a serious impact here.

5/1

5th

3

6th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Lydford Lad

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jack R Barber

Very lightly raced 7yo; found improvement after wind surgery with a 22-1 win in Ffos Las maiden (2m4f, soft; 22-1) in November but he failed to match that form on heavy ground there (took strong hold) last month; has bit to prove again after that and needs to resume his progress on handicap debut.

12/1

Form: 9364-5 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Comfortable winner off 4lb higher on heavy ground over C&D in January 2020; has not matched that form in six runs since but he ran respectably when fifth at Haydock on his return last month and now goes back up in trip and down in grade; could be dangerous.
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1

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

16:25 Ffos Las

Caswell Bay

12st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Raced mainly on ground slower than good and not one to rely upon but bettered disappointing chase debut when creditable second in 0-120 event at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) in February and is eased significantly in grade here.

4/1

2nd

10

26th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

13:43 Chepstow

Caswell Bay

10st 12lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Close second off 3lb higher over hurdles here (2m7f, soft) last month but was never one to rely upon in that sphere; well beaten when switched to fences at Ffos Las (2m3f, soft) 16 days ago; others preferred.

14/1

5th

7

10th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

14:27 Ffos Las

Caswell Bay

11st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Capable hurdler on his day but mostly well below best since latest success two years ago; recent second at Chepstow (2m7f, soft) came in a lower grade and will do well to play leading part against improvers now chasing.

10/1

Form: 24-224

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Irish point winner but this 10yo is an inconsistent eight-race maiden under rules and was tailed off in a handicap chase at Lingfield (2m, heavy; 4-1) 17 days ago; steps back up in trip on this return to hurdling but he needs to bounce back and others are more convincing.
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6th

1

22nd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

15:20 Market Rasen

Voyage De Retour

12st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

Won Irish point in 2017 but chase career hasn't come to much so far, albeit his well-held second at Lingfield in October was in a higher grade; made a respiratory noise when soundly beaten over hurdles last month; dropping in the weights and perhaps first-time cheekpieces will help.

13/2

7th

7

6th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Voyage De Retour

11st 4lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Toby Lawes

Irish point winner but this 10yo is an inconsistent eight-race maiden under rules and was tailed off in a handicap chase at Lingfield (2m, heavy; 4-1) 17 days ago; steps back up in trip on this return to hurdling but he needs to bounce back and others are more convincing.

10/1

4th

4

20th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Lingfield

Voyage De Retour

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

Runner-up in both starts this season but beaten a long way each time; tired in the closing stages in a 2m4f chase here latest so well worth dropping to 2m for the first time over jumps.

11/2

16/1

Form: -02510 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Recorded his third hurdle win when scoring at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) in November but he's not easy to predict and dropped out when 25-1 at Taunton last time; sustained a wound on his left fore in that race but all of his hurdle wins have come on good ground and he looks opposable here.
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8th

6

19th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 5

15:50 Sedgefield

Akkapenko

10st 13lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Bernard Llewellyn

10

25th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 5f 122y

Class 5

13:55 Newton Abbot

Akkapenko

10st 13lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Front-running win over 2m4f at Uttoxeter (good; effective on good to soft) for previous yard in November but soundly beaten since, including for new trainer at Taunton when regular tongue-tie left off (still missing).

7th

5

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:38 Taunton

Akkapenko

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Made virtually all to win for Dai Burchell at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) in November but his subsequent runs were disappointing and it's hard to know what to expect from him on today's stable debut; usual tongue-tie left off.

14/1

Form: 342255 D

Last run: 91 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Six-time jumps winner at up to 2m3f in France, including three over hurdles on ground ranging from good to very soft; returns from three months off and is hard to weigh up from a handicapping point of view but he needs watching in the market on his British/stable debut.
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8

11th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:05 Exeter

Affoburg

11st 8lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Seven wins (including three chases) when trained in France but has struggled in two hurdles for new stable this year; big leap of faith required to support him on this return to chasing.

33/1

6

14th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

15:30 Plumpton

Affoburg

11st 5lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Six-time jumps winner at up to 2m3f in France, including three over hurdles on ground ranging from good to very soft; pulled up on his British debut at Chepstow and, at odds of 66-1, not a lot was expected of him; had wind surgery since and now goes in tongue-tie.

50/1

2

6th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Affoburg

11st 12lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Six-time jumps winner at up to 2m3f in France, including three over hurdles on ground ranging from good to very soft; returns from three months off and is hard to weigh up from a handicapping point of view but he needs watching in the market on his British/stable debut.

14/1

Form: P-2013 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
5yo who kicked off his handicap career with a comfortable win in a big-field event over C&D (soft) in November; backed that up with a creditable third behind the favourite at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) last month and he's open to more progress back at this track; respected.
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4

6th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Helios Allen

11st 9lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Nick Williams

5yo who kicked off his handicap career with a comfortable win in a big-field event over C&D (soft) in November; backed that up with a creditable third behind the favourite at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) last month and he's open to more progress back at this track; respected.

3/1

3rd

1

3rd Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

13:30 Exeter

Helios Allen

11st 12lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Nick Williams

Pulled up and soundly beaten in two French starts but showed promise on British debut and raced well within himself before gaining a comfortable handicap debut win at Chepstow last month (2m3f, soft), second was well treated on previous improved chase wins; up 9lb but has potential.

100/30

1st

3

3rd Nov 2021

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

13:00 Chepstow

Helios Allen

11st 12lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Nick Williams

Struggled on both his visits to France but displayed clear promise when second in Warwick maiden (2m3f, good to soft) in between and remains unexposed; enters calculations on today's handicap debut.

10/1

Form: F/622- D

Last run: 322 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Record of 1-12 over hurdles and his win was in 2019 but he finished close second at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy) in his final two runs last season; returns from 322 days off but he still looks feasibly treated and has claims if he can pick up where he left off.
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5

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

14:02 Fontwell

Kenny George

11st 5lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Has struggled at Chepstow in both his runs this season but this course winner is well treated on two runner-up efforts on heavy ground over C&D early last year (including in this race); could revive back at this track and he's one to keep an eye on.

11/2

8th

1

17th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:15 Chepstow

Kenny George

11st 12lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Much of his best form has come at Fontwell and he was twice runner-up there early last year; claims on those efforts but he was pulled up over C&D on recent return from 11 months off.

6/1

10

6th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Kenny George

10st 10lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Record of 1-12 over hurdles and his win was in 2019 but he finished close second at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy) in his final two runs last season; returns from 322 days off but he still looks feasibly treated and has claims if he can pick up where he left off.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £450.00
Straight Forecast £344.60
Tricast £3749.30
Trifecta £2881.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Helios Allen

SPOTLIGHT:

Garincha

POSTDATA:

Caswell Bay

WEST COUNTRY:

Lydford Lad

TOPSPEED:

Kenny George

The Times:

Helios Allen

The Guardian:

Helios Allen

Daily Mail:

Helios Allen

Daily Express:

Helios Allen

Daily Mirror:

Helios Allen

Telegraph:

Garincha

The Star:

Garincha

Daily Record:

Garincha

The Sun:

Caswell Bay