Today's racecards

Chepstow

  • 14:10 Bath Ales Gem Novices' Chase3m

  • Winner £3,769 2nd £1,107 3rd £553 4th £277
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 16.90s
  • Off time: 14:20:37
14:10 Chepstow Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Safran De Cotte (FR) 11/4
2nd De La Bech 3/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3-55110 Yellow, Grey sleeves De La Bech 42
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 P J Hobbs James Best (3) 125 3/14.00
2 P21145 Black, White hoop, Black sleeves, White stars Firebird Flyer (IRE) 40
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-0 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 125 8/19.00
3 05-4163 Yellow, dark blue stars, striped sleeves, yellow cap Global Power (IRE) 59
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-0 O Sherwood L Aspell 121 9/25.50
4 11-2143 Dark Green and Beige (quartered), hooped sleeves, check cap High Ho Sheriff (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-0 T R George L Heard 122 17/29.50
5 4/11286 DARK BLUE and WHITE check, DARK BLUE sleeves, WHITE cap, DARK BLUE star Okafranca (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-0 J A B Old M D Grant 113 25/126.00
6 67-1341 Light Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves, Light Blue cap, White diamonds Safran De Cotte (FR) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-0 H D Daly Jake Greenall (3) 125 11/43.75
7 140112 Emerald Green, Purple armlets Rydalis (FR) 11
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 10-7 Miss V Williams S Thomas 119 11/26.50

Verdict

Rydalis couldn't complete the hat-trick at Lingfield earlier this month and this is a much better race. DE LA BECH gave weight and a beating to Okafranca over hurdles at Ascot in December but has always looked like a chaser in the making and has already won between the flags. He may well to be the one to beat if handling the transition, though Henry Daly continues to place Safran De Cotte to good effect and he had High Ho Sheriff behind when getting back to winning ways at Leicester. Both Firebird Flyer and Global Power have already won over the larger obstacles and neither can be ignored as they'll handle the ground.