Oscar Sunset at Chepstow is one of five selections from Andy Holding this afternoon.
As he proved here 21 days ago, GRENDISAR (best price 11/4)
is very much the daddy when it comes to 1m 2f conditions races at this track and he can confirm superiority over several that renewal rivalry in this Group 3 affair. Although he hit the front sooner than desired in the trial, the son of Invincible Spirit was always holding Festive Fare in the run to the line and providing he gets another strong pace to shoot at, Marco Botti’s charge has every chance of going one place better than last year when runner-up to the very smart Tryster.
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Grendisar - 2pts e/w @ 11/4Won 6.6pts
This valuable and much sought-after prize has brought together a good mix of old and new and one of those in the latter category that might just be capable of running beyond market expectation is bottom weight VIVA STEVE (best price 18/1)
. A largely consistent type, Mick Channon’s charge posted his best ever performance over today’s C&D two starts ago when chasing home strong Grand National contender The Last Samurai and a repeat of that level of form surely gives him a better chance than his current price of 16/1 suggests. Indeed, the way he travelled throughout that strongly-run contest backs up that view and with the better ground also likely to enhance his claims, the son of Flemensfirth has every chance of consolidating his right-handed track form of 21226212.
Viva Steve - 1pt e/w @ 18/1Lost -2pts
Things didn’t really pan out right for EIRI NA CASCA (best price 4/1)
at Leopardstown last time out, but at the same time, he did show enough to suggest he’s worth another shot in this sort of company. Impressive the time before when accounting for subsequent winner, Finea, at Naas over today’s trip, Denis Hogan’s charge couldn’t get into any sort of rhythm at the Dublin venue next time and although he would have finished only placed at best until falling at the last, that would have still represented a fair level of form for one still learning the ropes over fences.
Eiri Na Casca - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Lost -2pts
Alan King’s team continue to thrive and in the shape of McCABE CREEK (best price 9/1)
, the Barbury Castle handler has a decent chance of racking up another Saturday winner. The son of Robin Des Pres intimated his winning turn wasn’t too far away with a promising effort in a race which has worked out well subsequently at Taunton two starts ago and he duly went on to prove that theory correct with a smooth victory at Doncaster last time. Always travelling best, the six-year-old did really well to score in the end considering his pilot almost came off after a bad blunder at the last and if he gets a similarly strongly run race here today, there’s every chance he can follow up.
McCabe Creek - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1Placed 0.4pts
OSCAR SUNSET (best price 9/4)
recorded a smart speed figure when landing a useful novices’ chase over today’s C&D last time out and this largely reliable performer is fancied to get the better of several more established chasers despite his inexperience. Yet to put a foot wrong in three races over fences, Evan Williams’ inmate got his just rewards for two previously commendable efforts against smart opposition here 22 days ago and with the well-beaten third horse home that afternoon, Lockstockandbarrel, going on to win easily next time, the form looks rock solid.
Oscar Sunset - 1pt @ 9/4Lost -1pts