GALOP DE CHASSE can take his tally for Venetia Williams to two from two with a victory in the Cazoo Handicap Chase (2.50) at Chepstow.
Having won one of his nine outings when trained in France, the six-year-old made his debut for Williams in a novices’ handicap chase at Lingfield Park five days before Christmas.
The market liked my selection’s chances – Galop De Chase was sent off the 5-2 favourite in a field of five – and Charlie Deutsch’s mount justified the support with a five-and-a-half-length margin from Golden Boy Grey.
That success came on heavy ground, so today’s rain-soaked surface in Monmouthshire will present no problems for a horse who can make further progress in the hands of his in-form trainer and overcome a 7lb rise in the weights.
At Chelmsford City, SEMSER is taken to back up a success at Lingfield 22 days ago as he takes on nine opponents for the Betsi Handicap (7.00).
After an unlucky-in-running third at Wolverhampton on his penultimate outing, Gary Moore’s son of Siyouni went two better with a neck margin from Lady Pendragon in the middle of last month.
Semser is expected to cope with the step back from a mile and a half to 10 furlongs and a 1lb nudge up the weights is by no means insurmountable.
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12.40 PORT OR STARBOARD
1.40 ASK A HONEY BEE
2.15 MAHON POINT
2.50 GALOP DE CHASSE (NAP)
3.20 HELIOS ALLEN
3.50 BROKEN QUEST
12.30 INTERNATIONAL LAW
1.00 LORD PARAMOUNT
1.30 LUCKY MAN
2.00 SOCIETY RED
2.35 SPARTAN FIGHTER
3.10 HARVEST DAY
4.30 CRAZY SPIN
5.30 SPLIT ELEVENS
6.00 RIVER CHORUS
6.30 DELLA MARE
7.00 SEMSER (NB)
7.30 MY LADY CLAIRE
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