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The Bet Victor Racing Column
9:00am Thursday 20th March 2014 in Sport
Some competitive racing over both codes with Chepstow the feature jumps meeting and there is a trappy four-runner handicap chase where the verdict goes to Barenger (3.05) despite slight reservations about the step back up in trip to this near 2m 4f.
The selection is again fitted with cheek-pieces having run well when runner up at Leicester last time having scored previously at Market Rasen from an 8lb lower mark.
Previously with Nicky Henderson the selection would not want any significant rain but is the least exposed in the field and suggested this step back up in trip would suit last time.
Camden is 5lbs higher than when runner up over C&D last time and might have run into one in the shape of Barton Gift last time but I noticed the Peter Bowen horses running well earlier in the week and the nod goes to Dark Glacier (4.15) in the 3m Handicap Chase.
The selection goes on any ground and was at one stage of his career considered a decent prospect for owner Trevor Hemmings’, but he has never quite fulfilled that initial promise.
The Bowen runner is 8lb higher than when scoring on heavy ground earlier in the season but is still nicely treated on his old hurdles form and can make the most of the 6lbs he receives from Camden.
I have always had a soft spot for Coup Royale (4.50) a very talented but frustrating horse when trained by Colin Tizzard but if he settles and jumps he must be too good for the opposition in the Hunter Chase having ran a race full of promise for new connections at Taunton on ground softer than ideal.
Yes he has never been the most consistent of animals but he is the best horse in the field and he has one of the top amateurs in the plate.
At Ludlow Lord Navitas will be a warm order as he seeks a four-timer but all his wins have been gained on soft ground and Bullet Street (3.30) is only 1lb higher than when runner up to a very well handicapped horse at Sandown last time and deserves to get his head in front.
A winner of a maiden hurdle in Ireland the Evan Williams trained 6-year-old has certainly suggested on more than one occasion he could win off this type of mark and he is taken to score in one of two valuable handicap chases run over the minimum trip this afternoon.
Henry Daly loves to have runners at his local track and his Rockiteer (5.10) can make the most of the 4lbs he receives from Penmore Mill in the Hunter Chase; the selection finished runner up over an additional quarter of a mile here back in October and, as long as there is no heavy rain, should be too good for today’s field.
Good card at Kempton this evening and in the Grand National 6 Places at BetVictor.com Handicap I think Light Rose (7.25) can score returning from a five-month break.
This well bred filly has only got a maiden success, on debut, to her name but she obviously goes well fresh, has a cracking draw in stall two and Adam Kirby does the steering.
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