Chepstow’s NAP: CAPTAIN TOM CAT | 3:00pm Dunraven Windows Novices’ Chase (Listed) | Dom’s Pick
After finishing a fine fifth off top-weight in the Summer Plate as a novice, Dr. Richard Newland’s charge could still have a big say in this sphere now back in this company.
He secured a fine summer hat-trick at Aintree and Worcester, respectively, and has been given plenty of time to get over a heavy spell with this race a long-term target.
A winner in October at Cheltenham last season, he’s finished outside of the places only twice in his previous 12 runs and this consistent son of Dylan Thomas is sure to be suited by a step like this.
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He’s only had six runs since December 2019 but three of those have been successes, including a devastating win in the Silver Trophy at the April Meeting last campaign.
Emma Lavelle’s charge has been given a 7lb hike as a result of that but if he’s in the same mood he could take some pegging back under stable-rider Thomas Bellamy.
The three-mile trip has appeared a bit stiff at times so this sort of test looks ideal and the good ground works heavily in his favour.