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Gevrey Chambertin has the form to send us home happy; The Grand National-winning trainer with the latest on his runners for the fourth day.


TODAY'S Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (4.40) obviously means a good deal to the yard and I really hope we can win it this afternoon.

We had 14 left in the race but Gevrey Chambertin has ended up our only runner and I think he's got a great chance.

You could argue that he's badly handicapped as he was put up 15lb to a mark of 145 for winning what wasn't the greatest of races at Wincanton last time and the horses he was beating in previous races are rated around 130.

You could say he's got his rating because he's a brother to Grands Crus.But he's in very good form, he couldn't have done much more than he's done this season and it's a compressed handicap. There's only a stone between top and bottom weight.

He'll be okay on the ground and Tom Bellamy can claim a handy 6lb - 3lb because he hasn't ridden more than 20 winners and another 3lb because he's riding for the yard - which will help.

We've got three good each-way chances in the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle (2.05) but I put Tom Scudamore on Dan Breen and if I had to choose between them that's the one I'd go for.

Dan Breen finished in front of the Imperial Cup winner at Ascot and he ran well in my father's race at the festival last year, but just found the trip too far.

The two miles and a furlong around here will be ideal. He's got one of these big handicaps in him and it could be today.

Tanerko Emery has got a good chance after finishing second in the Imperial Cup last Saturday.

It's not ideal running so quickly but he seems okay and he's gone up 6lb for that run, so he's 6lb well-in today.

It was a very good effort and Conor O'Farrell, who's ridden him a lot this year, thinks he'll be better on better ground.

We shall see, unless it rains, as this is the first time he's encountered it.

Ronaldo Des Mottes has been disappointing since his comeback this season. He ran okay at Sandown but I don't think it was much of a race and he didn't run very well at Newbury.

He hasn't had any help from the handicapper, so we are claiming 7lb off him with Tom.

His Excellency turns out again in the Grand Annual (5.15), just three days after his fine third in the Arkle.

I don't know what the handicapper is going to do to him but I imagine he'll be going up a few pounds, so in theory he's well-in.

He's taken quick races before and he'll love this bigger field. This track will suit him better than the Old course and he'll be weaving his way through at the end.

I Shot The Sheriff is a nice horse who was second to Broadway Buffalo at Warwick and won't mind the better ground or the step up in trip.

But on official figures he's got to improve again in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (2.40).

I don't have a runner in the Betfred Gold Cup (3.20) and it looks wide open.

There could be four or five coming there with a chance at the last but I'd probably go with Sir Des Champs. The stable's in great form and I think he'll like the better ground.

It was obviously disappointing not to have a winner yesterday, although we got a second through Dynaste in the Jewson.

However, what happened to Matuhi in the Byrne Group Plate puts it all into perspective - there are some things much more important than horses being beaten.

'He's got a great chance. You could say he's got his rating because he's a brother to Grands Crus, but he's in very good form and it's a compressed handicap'


Dynaste (centre) was beaten into second in the Jewson by Benefficient

Gevrey Chambertin couldn't have done much more than he has this season and jockey Tom Bellamy can claim 6lb
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 15, 2013
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