Well yesterday’s racing didn’t go to plan. Strong fancy John Constable was beset by endless traffic problems, although in truth he would never have competed with the runaway winner.
Sunday cards are always a difficult place to find compensation. Today’s mix the undulations of Goodwood and Chepstow.
Both look tricky but we will turn to the race with the most form on offer. Chepstow’s veteran chase (for horses over 10yo) is packed full of interlocking formlines.
The most compelling is probably this same race last year, which saw the admirable Double Ross make all and win in a narrow four way finish. He returns off a similar mark which has to be seen as generous given that his two subsequent runs included an unlikely third in the Henessesy Gold Cup, a feat that would be far beyond any of these to match.
His long absence since is a clear sign of injury issues, but the yard of Nigel Twiston Davies is particularly adept at readying a horse after a break. That gallops hill at Naunton is one of the steepest in the business and their horses rarely lack for fitness.
Theatrical Star was a close fourth last year and with a small turn in the weights is possibly the biggest danger. It has been a long time since he won though, and that unwillingness to go through the pain to win is often a recurring trait in these older horses.
Take Double Ross to repeat the dose.
Recommendation: Double Ross, (1525 Chepstow), 1pt win, 10/3 generally available
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