Peak Storm was engaged to run at Chepstow yesterday but has gone off the boil slightly anyway whilst Flexible Friend has been competing in better company, although after a series of acceptable efforts he flopped badly last time behind Sunraider in a Hamilton sprint. Cross that effort from the formbook and he boasts decent claims in a first-time hood. Small Fury needs to improve whilst Jimmy Elder has landed both successes over 6f and seems to have developed an affinity with Chepstow of late. He's highly respected but CLEMENT just gets the nod. Both career wins have come on polytrack but he's perfectly capable on grass as exemplified by a recent third to Red Explorer over 6f, especially as he looked in need of this seventh furlong on that occasion.
Peak Storm 10-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 1f out, ridden and one pace entering final furlong, 5th of 6, 5l behind Dana's Present (9-9) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Flexible Flyer 9-2 (9-9) Took keen hold, prominent, led over 2f out, soon ridden, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 11, 12l behind Sunraider (9-10) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Clement (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Held up, headway when not clear run and hampered over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Red Explorer (9-2) at Warwick 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Jimmy Elder 9-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, led entering final furlong, kept on well, won at Chepstow 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Lager Time (9-2) by 1l, 9 ran.
Small Fury (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon every chance, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Fanrouge (9-12) at Warwick 6f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.