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Matt Chapman: Expect this 6/1 shot to burn off his rivals in the Grand National Trial at Haydock

by Matt Chapman | February 18, 2016

It’s been a terrible week for racing fans. Faugheen’s injury has hit me hard. But I’m the kind of person who gets over disappointments quickly, so I’m all set to bounce back this weekend and take it out on Paddy with a few winners.

You hear me Paddy?

Ascot, Wincanton and Haydock take centre stage and I want to start at Ascot with the  the Grade 2 Reynoldstown Chase 1.50pm over nearly 3m.

The one I like is confirmed stayer and sound jumper ONENIGHTINVIENNA who could yet run in the Grand National this season. The Philip Hobbs hope has the best form and should run a huge one.


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Next up at the track is the Listed Celebration Chase at 2.25pm over nearly 3m.

SAUSALITO SUNRISE also runs for Hobbs and despite top-weight will take all the beating. He stays strong and lost little in defeat last time after a good win at Cheltenham earlier this season.

The 3pm is a handicap hurdle over nearly 2m 4f and I’ll have a few quid on MONTDRAGON who we tipped up to win at Haydock last time. I thought he scored s a shade snuggly, and while this is a longer trip up 7lb he can score again for Jonjo O’Neill.

It’s not a great renewal of the Grade 1 Ascot Chase over 2m 5f at 3,35pm and if the blinkers work then SILVINIACO CONTI has to take all the beating for champion trainer Paul Nicholls. He is more reliable that most of these and on his best form should outclass them.


Over at Haydock old boy REVE DE SIVOLA will be hard to catch in the Grade 2 Rendlesham Hurdle. The 11yo has to give 8lb away, but loves heavy ground and usually gives his all. That may well be enough for Richard Johnson.

It’s the Grand National Trial at 2.40pm at Haydock and what a slog this is going to be over just about 3m 4f.

This is just the type of race that suits Venetia Williams’ RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE and he was unlucky to come down last time. He likes to go from the front and will be hard to peg back in ground he relishes.

Finally, it’s the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton at 3.20pm, and although he’s got a bit to do on ratings, RAYVIN BLACK may be very hard to catch from the front. He’s in cracking form for Oliver Sherwood.

So best of luck and have a cracking weekend. Let’s hope it’s a shocker for Paddy as we get to within three weeks of the Cheltenham Festival. Yeeehaaa!

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