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Wednesday 18 March 2015

Thursday Preview – Nothing Pretentious About Pentiffic

In the Rockwool Open Hunters’ Chase (4.50) at Chepstow on Thursday, Pentiffic did well to win over 2 miles 4½ furlongs on his reappearance at Warwick eleven days ago, on his first start since May, and appears to have bright prospects of following up. The 12-year-old gelding was outpaced halfway down the back straight at Warwick, but rallied before the second last, eventually overhauling Sergeant Dick on the run-in to win by 1½ lengths.

The step back up to 3 miles, on rain-softened ground, seems sure to play to his strengths and he’s reasonably treated by the race conditions. It’s worth noting that he was thought good enough to contest the Fox Hunters’ Chase at Aintree last season, when in the care of Venetia Williams, and he looks decent value at around 7/2 in the early price lists. He’s unlikely to be improving as he enters the ‘twilight’ of his career, but he still has 10lb in hand of his nearest market rival, Kirleigh, and looks the sort with whom his new connections can have some fun.

Top weight Bobs Law would be 6lb better off if this were a handicap, but turned over the odds-on Universal Soldier, on 6lb unfavourable terms, at Ffos Las last month and could be the one who gives Pentiffic most to do.

Selection: Chepstow 4.50 Pentiffic to win


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