Exciting day’s jumping in prospect at Chepstow

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October 13

Great news from Chepstow this morning that, despite the 24mm of rain yesterday, virtually no more of the wet stuff fell overnight, so the official going is ‘good – good to soft in places’.

We have six runners there, starting with Deyrann de Carjac in the opening novice hurdle. He confirmed earlier promise when justifying short odds at Warwick in May, and, though his penalty means that he has to give weight to some potentially useful rivals, he goes there in good form.

Next up is Midnightreferendum in the mares novice hurdle. She won her bumper at Warwick in February and then belied odds to finishing second in a Grade 2 at Aintree, so she could be an exciting recruit to hurdling.

We are two-handed in the limited handicap hurdle. Nayati won his first two races over hurdles, at Newbury and Ascot, and, though subsequently disappointing at Market Rasen, he is the least-exposed horse in the field and it will be good to get him started again.

Our other runner here is French recruit Ballywood, who runs for the Highclere team. He won twice in the mud on Gallic soil so if underfoot conditions do deteriorate it wouldn’t worry him, but we’ll be just glad to see him prove to us all that his disappointing first run in a Grade 2 at Kempton in February was not him.

We are also double-represented in the Silver Trophy Hurdle, with Azzerti, who reverts to the smaller obstacles, being accompanied to post by River Frost.

With a big field there ought to be no shortage of pace in this £50,000 race, which would suit Azzerti who can take a tug, and, though he did not do himself justice on his chasing debut at Worcester in June, his second over hurdles at Cheltenham’s April meeting would put him right in the mix.

Similarly, River Frost would appreciate a fast-run race. He ran well to finish fifth in this race last year and, though subsequently disappointing in two runs, has relatively low mileage on the clock, so his best might yet be in front of him.