Chepstow

  • 14:30 John Smith's Grand National Day Handicap Hurdle2m 4f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 53.70s
  • Off time: 14:31:34
14:30 Chepstow Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Oscar Bay (IRE) 10/1
2nd Karanja 25/1
3rd Stripe Me Blue 15/8

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P-P61PP Yellow, Red hoop, Red and Yellow diabolo on sleeves, Yellow cap, Red diamond Psychomodo 63
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-12 B G Powell J A McCarthy 135 16/117.00
2 F-P15P4 Red, Royal Blue sleeves, White armlets Oscar Bay (IRE) 55
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-9 b J D Frost Hadden Frost (3) 132 10/111.00
3 13-0150 Dark Green, White hoop, checked sleeves, quartered cap Special Occasion 23
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-7 P F Nicholls Ian Popham (5) 130 13/27.50
4 7411F/P- LIGHT BLUE, MAROON hoops and armlets Karanja 511
Nag me
11 11-2 S C Burrough A Thornton 125 25/126.00
5 11112P Maroon, Light Blue sleeves, White diamonds, White cap, Maroon diamond Rupestrian 22
Nag me
4 11-2 Tim Vaughan R Thornton 132 9/110.00
6 112/60-0 Yellow, Grey sleeves Lead On (IRE) 18
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-0 P J Hobbs R Flint 123 6/17.00
7 5-13240 Emerald Green, White cross belts and sleeves, striped cap No Principles 43
Nag me
7 10-4 J S Smith Gerard Tumelty (3) 113 8/19.00
8 0-54231 Royal Blue and Light Blue stripes, Royal Blue sleeves, Royal Blue and White check cap Chinara (IRE) 246
Nag me
9 10-4 Miss J Julie Weston T Messenger 113 8/19.00
9 P-36057 Royal Blue, Dark Blue Cross of Lorraine and sleeves Stripe Me Blue 14
Nag me
8 10-3 P Jones Danny Burton (7) 112 15/82.88

Verdict

With the ground against Special Occassion and Rupestrian's stamina a concern we'll take PSYCHOMONDO to oblige for Brendan Powell. Our selection has been pulled up the last twice so is far from bomb-proof but both those efforts were over fences in good company and we're hopeful this return to hurdling does the trick. He won a handicap over the larger obstacles off this mark in November so looks very nicely weighted and is at his best when racing over this sort of trip and in a tricky race to solve he's worth chancing. Special Occassion won well at Taunton in December and remains unexposed having had just the seven starts. He can be forgiven an average run in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham last time but we've our concerns that he needs plenty of juice in the ground and with the sun shining in Wales that looks unlikely, so despite the fact we're sure he can win races off 130 today may not be the day. Similarly, Rupestrian can be forgiven for a poor run when set a stiff task at Cheltenham last time and he absolutely mopped up on good ground last autumn before the best novices came out. He's rated 132 for this handicap debut and that appears fair, but he does need it quick and furthermore hasn't yet raced over this trip so there are enough reasons to oppose Tim Vaughan's runner. Oscar Bay is really well handicapped on the pick of his hurdles form but he was well held last time and has questions to answer now, Chinara has claims dropping in trip but on balance this mare has enough weight and may be better over three whilst Lead On is another who is well-in on past form but arrives under a cloud. Karanja returns from a lengthy absence and needs a market check but in a race with more questions than answers we'll side with Psychomondo.