Home / January 16 / 12:55 Chepstow

12:55 Chepstow

Good To Soft

Vickers.Bet Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4193.42
  • 2m 0f 11y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
SKY
View Course
Vickers.Bet Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 311

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

The bumper in which she finished third (beaten 16l) was won by the smart Brechin Castle; has won both her hurdles on heavy ground, decisively at Uttoxeter (2m4f) and narrowly under a penalty at Fontwell (2m3f); Luke Scott claimed 5lb on both occasions; penalised accordingly and she's down in distance on drier ground; still respected.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

3

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

14:33 Uttoxeter

Easy To Follow

11st 10lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

led, headed 2 out, kept on

2/1

Form: 4

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Signs of ability in two points and again when a weakening fourth (beaten 29l) in a heavy-ground novice at Exeter; may need an easier opportunity than this.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

6

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 111y

Class 2

14:35 Exeter

Diamatiste

11st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Has shown some ability but not enough to suggest he'll be winning this; modest handicaps will be more suitable after today.

33/1

9th

5

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

13:25 Newbury

Diamatiste

11st 8lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Form figures read 444, comprising two points and an Exeter novice hurdle (2m; modest effort); needs improvement on bare figures.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 106 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won a seven-runner bumper at Ffos Las (good to soft) before finishing tailed off at Cheltenham; weak 15-2 when beaten nearly 20l on his switch to hurdles at Exeter (soft) and needs to leave that form behind.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:40 Taunton

Doyen Quest

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

The Chepstow maiden (2m3f) in which he finished third was an ordinary race and this 6yo hasn't progressed from winning his bumper; perhaps this is his trip for now.

7/2

3rd

2

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Doyen Quest

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, some headway 7th, went third but not fluent 3 out, ridden when hung left and weakened approaching last, no match for first two

9/1

Form: 0/PP-

Last run: 372 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Tailed off in a bumper and pulled up in both his novice hurdles; now hooded after a year on the sidelines.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

2

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:15 Plumpton

Freddy Boy

11st 7lb

J: James Martin

T: David Bridgwater

held up in last, always behind

150/1

7th

2

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

13:23 Uttoxeter

Freddy Boy

11st 8lb

J: James Martin

T: David Bridgwater

Tailed off in his sole bumper in March 2022 and was pulled up in both hurdle runs (2m, soft) last season; hood is now added on his comeback after 383 days off.

66/1

Form: 32-49

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

All races on good ground; close up when placed in his first two bumpers but a long way behind the principals on his switch to hurdling at Hereford; up against it.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price
No Results Found

Form: /00-56

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Tailed off in two of his three bumpers; hooded for both runs over hurdles, showing a bit more when fifth at Hereford (good) and then perhaps unsuited by heavy ground at Aintree; could run okay but probably in defeat.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

5

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Gower Prince

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Ordinary bumper form and a similar story in his three novice hurdles (soft to good); handicaps could see him in a better light but it would boost interest in him if there was some market optimism.

8/1

4th

7

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

13:15 Sandown

Gower Prince

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Ordinary bumper form; appeared to take a step forward when beaten 22l on hurdling debut at Hereford (good; first-time hood retained since) but he then trailed home tailed off at Aintree; others have shown more and it could be that he needs good ground.

33/1

Form: 4/776-

Last run: 263 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Low-level form in three bumpers and beaten a good way over C&D on hurdling debut last April; hard to make a case.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

12

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:55 Newbury

Parsons Stone

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Robert Stephens

took keen hold, always behind

100/1

0

9

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

13:15 Sandown

Parsons Stone

11st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Robert Stephens

No closer than 14l in his three bumpers; 33-1 for hurdle debut at Chepstow and was again well held; up against it once more.

200/1

Form: 257-2P BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second in a course bumper on debut (good to soft); looked primed to make a successful hurdling debut at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) until stumbling badly at last flight and his run back there a month ago was too bad to be true; strong form claims if back on good terms with himself.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

7

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

14:45 Wincanton

Steel Ally

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Second in a bumper on good to soft; looked poised to win on hurdling debut at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) in November until stumbling badly at last flight and succumbing to a strong finisher; raced too freely and was very disappointing favourite when returning there in December; major player if he's back to his best.

7/4

Form: 5

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Changed hands for £40,000 after winning a soft-ground Irish point; prominent for a long way on hurdling debut at Exeter (2m, soft) before dropping away up the straight; can win races but this is unlikely to be one of them.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

10

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 111y

Class 2

14:35 Exeter

Totowolfe

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Nigel Hawke

Point winner who was fifth of 16 on hurdle debut here (2m, soft) in December, but a bigger performance is needed today and he was tailed off at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last time.

33/1

6th

9

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Totowolfe

11st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

led, headed with one circuit to go, lost ground quickly before 3 out, struggling when hampered by faller 3 out, tailed off

14/1

Form: 47P

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Not beaten far in a Ffos Las bumper (good to soft) and now drops back to 2m after heavy defeats over hurdles at 2m4f (soft) and 2m7f (heavy; tried cheekpieces); there are grounds for believing he might fare better here but it's hard to envisage him winning.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

6

15th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:46 Sandown

Valens Bruyee

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Showed something in a bumper on debut and, having weakened badly (2m4f/2m7f) on first two starts over hurdles, he sprung a 50-1 surprise when leading after two out in 11-runner novice at Chepstow (2m, heavy) three weeks ago and going on to win by nearly 10l; another step forward is needed on this handicap debut but it's very hard to rule out.

11/2

1st

7

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:35 Chepstow

Valens Bruyee

11st 3lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

towards rear

50/1

Form: 046

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Beaten 23l and 28l in two soft-ground Irish bumpers; made hurdling debut in a Listed race at Taunton and unsurprisingly struggled at huge odds; this should reveal more about her.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:20 Ludlow

Barbie Girlz

10st 7lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Katy Price

Minor promise in two Irish bumpers; 150-1 for British debut in a Listed mares' novice hurdle at Taunton (2m, good to soft) and not surprisingly finished a remote last; down in class but no solid claims.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second foal out of a 2m4f hurdle winner but this 7yo is making a belated debut and can only be watched.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

0

6

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

15:55 Chepstow

Countess Vicky

11st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Phillip Dando

Dam was mildly progressive over hurdles, winning a 2m3f maiden on final attempt; this one looks best watched on her belated debut.

150/1

Form: 06

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Cost 1,000euros as a 3yo; finished midfield in her bumper and was then a never-dangerous sixth in 2m maiden at Exeter when just behind the more prominently ridden Totowolfe; perhaps one for handicaps.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:05 Exeter

Elusiveness

10st 9lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Made some encouraging late headway when sixth of 16 over C&D (soft) on hurdling debut in December but never really got involved at Warwick last month; probably one for further down the line; tongue-tie added today.

20/1

5th

6

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

13:35 Warwick

Elusiveness

11st 5lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Cost just 1,000euros as a 3yo; showed some promise when midfield in a Wincanton bumper but could only plod on at the one pace when beaten 25l on hurdling debut at Exeter (2m, soft; 66-1).

50/1

Form: 00-

Last run: 263 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Chris Honour has won the past two renewals of this race but with odds-on chances and this mare was well beaten in two bumpers for Jamie Snowden on either side of wind surgery; returns in a hood.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:05 Exeter

Spice Heaven

10st 9lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Out of a half-sister to Gold Cup winner Sizing John; bettered inauspicious hurdling debut when fairly respectable fifth of nine in C&D mares' maiden (good to soft) last month; that form isn't anything to get excited about but it gives her a chance to grab a minor prize today.

20/1

5th

7

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:15 Exeter

Spice Heaven

11st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

held up in rear

66/1

9th

11

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:35 Chepstow

Spice Heaven

10st 10lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

took keen hold, held up in rear, jumped badly left 1st

50/1

Form: 4-265

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in Ludlow bumper (good to soft) last spring before a respectable sixth of 15 on soft ground at Cheltenham; tailed off on her switch to hurdling at Ffos Las but was only 15-2 and the ground was desperately tiring; better can be expected.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

8

22nd Jan 2024

Good

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

13:15 Plumpton

Tour Ovalie

11st 2lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

midfield

8/1

5th

11

12th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

13:22 Ffos Las

Tour Ovalie

10st 13lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

in touch with leaders, weakened before 3 out, tailed off

6/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Beat just one rival in three middle-distance Flat maidens when with Jonathan Portman; has lots to prove on hurdle/stable debut.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

16

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:55 Ludlow

Snow Forecast

10st 9lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Weak contender on Flat form; showed no improvement switched to hurdles at Warwick last month.

100/1

7th

12

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:05 Warwick

Snow Forecast

11st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Only beat one rival in three Flat runs for Jonathan Portman; plenty to prove on stable/hurdle debut after 234 days off.

100/1

Terms and conditions

*Odds displayed on this page are sourced directly from online bookmakers. Please check all details before placing your bet(s). 18+ only.

Verdict

If back to his best after clearly not doing himself justice at Ffos Las most recently, then STEEL ALLY looks the one to be with. A doubly penalised Easy To Follow rates his most likely danger, although Tour Ovalie, Gower Prince and Doyen Quest all have each-way claims.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Steel Ally

The Times:

Easy To Follow

WEST COUNTRY:

Gower Prince

The Guardian:

Easy To Follow

Daily Mail:

Easy To Follow

The Sun:

Easy To Follow

Daily Record:

Easy To Follow

RP RATINGS:

Steel Ally

TOPSPEED:

Steel Ally

POSTDATA:

Steel Ally

Telegraph:

Steel Ally

D Express:

Steel Ally

Daily Mirror:

Steel Ally

The Star:

Steel Ally