THEATRE EVENING was purchased for an astonishing 175,000 euros at Goffs after his debut in a point-to-point at Dromahane where he unseated his rider at the last when in with every chance. He's obviously highly regarded and can make a winning debut under Rules as this won't take much winning. Bob Ford easily won an Irish point before starting favourite for a Chepstow bumper where he finished a decent third. He'll improve for that and looks a threat while Kims Quest showed some potential in a Newton Abbot bumper last time and her allowance will be a help. Water Wagtail looks best of the remainder.
Bob Ford (IRE) 11-8fav (11-0) Took keen hold, led, ridden and headed 3f out, outpaced final 2f, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Seebright (11-4) at Chepstow 2m N H flat (6) hvy.
Bredon Hill Lad 16-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear and in touch, weakened over 4f out, 4th of 5, 33l behind Up And Go (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Cornerhouse Sam (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, weakened before 6th, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Midnight Appeal (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
In The Post (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Led, mistake 2nd, not fluent 6th, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 36l behind Whisper (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Mumbles Bay (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 1st, lost place 5th, ridden after next, behind 7th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Boyfromnowhere (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Shanks A Lot 40-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, mistake 6th, soon under pressure and weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Whisper (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Theatre Evening (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Rr, hmprd 2nd, prog 3out, went 2nd 2out, closer in 2nd with ev ch when mstk last & ur, in a race won by Rough Justice (11-7) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Water Wagtail 4-1 (10-2) In touch in rear, ridden and outpaced 2 out (usual 4 out), 5th of 6, 13l behind Ace Fighter Pilot (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Kimora (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Led narrowly, headed over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 35l behind Tonvadosa (10-12) at Towcester 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Kims Quest (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Held up in mid-division, ridden 6f out, headway over 3f out, went 3rd 2f out, not able to get on terms with front pair, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Va'vite (10-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (4) gd in Aug.