Alan Thomson’s Tips: Rapper to hit right note at Chepstow

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CHEPSTOW’S two-day fixture has been a breath of fresh air for National Hunt fans and TOMMY RAPPER (2.50) could be the answer to an interesting totepool Persian War Novices’ Hurdle.

He meets some strong opposition and this Grade 2 contest over 2m 4f has been a happy hunting ground for Paul Nicholls, who has won half of the last 10 renewals with some good horses, including Silviniaco Conti.

His El Bandit landed it last year and he relies on Amour De Nuit, a useful stayer when trained by Sir Mark Prescott. The gelding took a little while to adapt to the hurdling game but really got his act together later in the season.

Whether Amour De Nuit is up to the class of Tommy Rapper is open to question. Dan Skelton’s novice competed at a high level last season, chasing home Willoughby Court at December in early December, then running third to Keepers Hill and the 143-rated Messire Des Obeaux in a 2m 4f Listed contest at Huntingdon.

An early blunder didn’t help his cause when down the field to winner Penhill in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March but this is far less competitive.

The all-conquering Alan Potts/Colin Tizzard partnership introduces talking horse Vision Des Flos, a £270,000 purchase after landing a Punchestown bumper for Robert Tyner. The four-year-old could be anything.

Goodwood also puts on a varied Sunday card and NOBLE PEACE (5.25) can reward an each-way investment in a tight mile handicap.

Henry Candy’s gelding has runs three times at Goodwood this season, recording form figures of 1-3-2, and Noble Peace has form on the forecast soft ground.

AGE OF WISDOM (2.00) is also of ew interest in the two-mile handicap, which is restricted to jump jockeys.

He had form on soft for Andre Fabre in France before joining Gary Moore. Age Of Wisdom started off in Britain on a mark of 82 but is now down to a more realistic 70 rating. Age Of Wisdom returned to form with a fine third at Kempton and could be well treated here.

Medburn Cutler finished fourth in this event two years ago and ran well behind Who Dares Wins in the Cesarewitch trial at Newmarket.

TARTINI (4.20) started the season with Classic aspirations but they were quickly shelved after running fourth to stablemate Cracksman in the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom in April, before finishing third to Best Solution in the Lingfield Derby Trial.

He hasn’t been seen since disappointing behind Atty Persse at Royal Ascot but this handicap gives Tartini the opportunity to get his career back on track.

Teofonic’s second to Cribbs Causeway at Newmarket was an excellent effort but the filly has never raced on a soft surface.

Machine Learner has no worries on that score, having run fourth to Great Sound in the Newbury mud before a very solid second at Leopardstown.

Recommended Bets

  • Chepstow (2.50) – Tommy Rapper (7-2, William Hill)
  • Goodwood (2.0) – Age Of Wisdom ew (13-2, McBookie)
  • Goodwood (4.20) – Tartini (4-1, McBookie)
  • Goodwood (5.25) – Noble Peace ew (7-2, Paddy Power)
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