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Matt Chapman exclusive: I’m getting ready to Rock with an old friend at Cheltenham

It's time to go low for dough at the Cotswolds and Doncaster on Saturday. Yeeehaaa!

by Matt Chapman | December 12, 2014

We have had a few big-price selections hit the woodwork in the last two weeks without getting a winner. It’s been tough in the tricky handicaps – but this week I’m going to roll up a few short ones in the quest to bash the bookies. You hear me Paddy?

Let’s start with the big race of the day – the Caspain Caviar Gold Cup (2pm) on the stamina-sapping New Course at Cheltenham At first I thought I would take on the Paddy Power Gold Cup winner CAID DU BERLAIS but he only went up 5lb for that win.

The more you look at the race the more I feel he might be a bit of value rather than too short! Darna was the one I was looking at against the market leader but he’s gone up a lot in the weights for an impressive return in a poor heat.

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Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Blaklion looks the obvious selection on ratings in the Grade Two novices’ hurdle on the card.

However, he has to prove his stamina and I like PARISH BUSINESS (2.35pm) – who might have a bit more class than Binge Drinker and hopefully a bit more stamina than Blaklion. The selection would be a welcome winner for Emma Lavelle.

Over at Doncaster there is a small but select field for the decent Grade 2 Novices’ Chase. Paull Nicholls’ Virak really should take all the beating, but getting 2lb I’m gunning for KAYSERSBERG (2.50pm) who is already an improving stayer from the in-from yard of Warren Greatrex.


You won’t be surprised that THE NEW ONE (3.10pm) has to be the selection in the International Hurdle  as he continues his build-up to the Champion Hurdle at the Festival next March. There’s no value in the others. So lump on.

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Finally, I never thought I would do this again but I’m going for ROCK ON RUBY (3,45pm) to turn back the clock in the finale – the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle.

Harry Fry’s former Champion Hurdle is not the force of old, but he’s still rated 160 and ran ok at Wincanton first time out this season. His class can see him through.

So not a day of big-priced winners. But hopefully a day of Yeeehaaas! especially if the shorties go in.

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