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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Monday's Tip - Just A Par Probably Good Enough

In the Barton Executive Valeting Handicap Chase (2.40), Just A Par has failed to trouble the judge in eight starts since winning a Grade 2 novices’ event at Newbury on his second start of last season, but faces his easiest assignment for some time and can make a belated return to the winners’ enclosure. Paul Nicholls’ 8-year-old lost all chance when badly hampered at the fourth last in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival last time, but his previous handicap form at Prestbury Park on New Year’s Day makes encouraging reading.

On that occasion, the Island House gelding stayed on at the same pace to finish fourth, beaten 4¼ lengths, behind Mon Parrain over 3 miles 2½ furlongs, but has done all his winning at 3 miles or shorter and takes a slight drop in class. Conditional jockey Sean Bowen, who has ridden at 8st 13lb in the last twelve months, presumably had the option of riding Velator for his father, Peter, so the hint may be worth taking. Certainly, Bowen Jnr. has been amongst the winners for Paul Nicholls in recent weeks, so Just A Par looks fair value at around 6/1 in the early price lists.

Selection: Chepstow 2.40 Just A Par to win

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