Today's racecards

Chepstow

  • 13:40 R.A.B.I. Manson House 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle2m 110y

  • Winner £1,949 2nd £572 3rd £286 4th £143
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 19.00s
  • Off time: 13:42:07
13:40 Chepstow Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Vice Et Vertu (FR) 5/2
2nd Regal Diamond (IRE) 7/4
3rd Never Says Never 14/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 066- DARK BLUE and WHITE check, DARK BLUE sleeves, WHITE cap, DARK BLUE star Aldeburgh 199
Nag me
4 11-0 J A B Old M D Grant 66/167.00
2 U/ Black, Red cross belts and armlets, quartered cap Bajan Blu 592
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5 11-0 D Brace Donal Devereux 50/151.00
3 4/18520- Black, white seams, diamonds on sleeves, orange cap Expanding Universe (IRE) 213
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6 11-0 A W Carroll S Twiston-Davies 122 11/43.75
4 40-9 Black, brown stars, black sleeves and cap Ghost Of A Smile (IRE) 31
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5 11-0 Ian Williams W Kennedy 20/121.00
5 9/2-219 Royal blue, white seams, halved sleeves and star on cap Hunky Dorey 8
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7 11-0 Marc Barber Aidan Coleman 100/1101.00
6 0-8 Mauve and Pink (quartered), Pink sleeves Kill Van Kull (IRE) 11
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4 11-0 Marc Barber Mr Matthew Barber (7) 100/1101.00
7 0 LIGHT BLUE, PURPLE diamond, PURPLE cap Midnight Request 20
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4 11-0 T Symonds Benjamin Poste (5) 100/1101.00
8 5/43-245 Black, yellow stars, red sleeves, black cap, yellow star Never Says Never 20
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5 11-0 R H Buckler S P Jones 100 14/115.00
9 41-16 White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Regal Diamond (IRE) 18
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 11-0 P Bowen T J O'Brien 7/42.75
10 Beige, Brown seams and sleeves, quartered cap Tribulation
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5 11-0 R Walford D C Costello 50/151.00
11 12- White, Black braces, Black sleeves, White stars, Black cap, White star Vice Et Vertu (FR) 197
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4 11-0 H D Daly R Johnson 5/23.50
12 04-3 Yellow and Royal Blue (quartered), diabolo on sleeves, striped cap Indiefront 166
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4 10-7 Miss J S Davis D Elsworth 40/141.00
13 064- Red, Yellow disc, quartered cap Miss Tilly Dove 315
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5 10-7 A E Price R T Dunne (3) 66/167.00
14 3F68/47- Brown, light blue braces Two Mile Bridge (IRE) 459
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7 10-7 P Henderson Nick Scholfield 33/134.00

Verdict

Having won bumpers at Ayr and Aintree in the spring, Regal Diamond was sent off favourite on his reappearance at Cheltenham but weakened under pressure on the climb to the line. He may have needed that and is very interesting now tackling hurdles but Henry Daly's string is going well and his VICE ET VERTU also looks a nice recruit. He won his first bumper on heavy ground at Warwick in February before finishing second at Ffos Las and the soft ground won't be a problem. Of those with hurdling experience, Expanding Universe has a much higher rating than Never Says Never and was second in better company at Ascot last season.