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Chepstow – 8th October: DOM’S NAP + NB | Friday’s 2 Best Bets

Our two best bets for Friday’s season opener at Chepstow



Paul Nicholls with his Champion Trainer trophy for the national hunt season 2020-21 at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher. Picture date: Saturday April 24, 2021.
Chepstow’s NAP: THREEUNDERTHRUFIVE | 1:35pm Tom Malone Bloodstock Novices’ Chase | Dom’s Pick
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An exciting novice chase to kickstart the winter National Hunt campaign and the vote goes to Paul Nicholls’s son of Shaunto, who was only beaten once over hurdles in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 13, 2019 Harry Cobden celebrates winning the 2.10 RSA Insurance Novices? Chase on Topofthegame Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Harry Cobden has 5 rides at Chepstow on Friday afternoon

He scored a bloodless Perth success thereafter and should improve in leaps and bounds now tackling fences under Harry Cobden.

The remaining three all have claims, with Fergal O’Brien’s Ask Dillon likely to give the selection most to think about.

NB: HERBIERS | 3:20pm Paul Ferguson’s Jumpers To Follow 4-Y-O Hurdle

Oliver Greenall’s ended his 2020/21 season in fine form, winning three of his final four starts, including a valuable handicap at Sandown Park in April.

Chepstow Racecourse General
Can Herbiers land a third win in a row at Chepstow this week?

Still only four, the 8lb raise may not deter him and there looks to be more to come this campaign if able to continue his upward curve.

After a blistering win at this track a year ago, Hell Red looks the main danger.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.