Chepstow Expert Eye Tips: Three handicappers to back on Thursday January 6

Considering a punt on Thursday's jumps action at Chepstow? Our expert eye tips is well worth a read beforehand and might just put you on a winner or two.

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We've highlighted the chances of three handicappers running at the Welsh track and you can scroll down for the reasons behind them, or just click on the horse's names below to go straight to Planet Sport Bet to place your bets.


Can You Call (14.50 Chepstow)

Voyage De Retour (15.20 Chepstow)

Gemirande (15.50 Chepstow)

Course characteristics

Left-handed, oval-shaped circuit of about two miles, undulating. Going can be very testing and the emphasis is on stamina.

Top trainers with runners

Evans Williams, who trains nearby in the Vale Of Glamorgan, has sent out 28 winners here over the last five seasons and while his strike rate of 13% is nothing to get excited about, backing all his runners blind would have yielded a profit of £38.45 to £1 level-stakes.

He has five chances this afternoon: Astra Via (12.05), Helios De Grugy (14.15), Can You Call (14.50), Caswell Bay (15.20) and Mouseinthehouse (15.50).

Top jockeys with rides

Tom Scudamore has a very fair 19% strike rate here - his 21 winners coming from 111 rides - and he will get the leg up on three horses: Pachacuti (12.40), Shot Boii (13.10) and Crossing Lines (14.15).

Adam Wedge, who has four rides for his boss Evan Williams (exception is Caswell Bay), has booted home 20 winners (152 rides, 13%), and backing all his rides blind would have yielded a whopping £53.08 profit to £1 level-stakes

Backing all of Adam Wedge's rides at Chepstow would have been hugely profitable

14.50 Chepstow - Can You Call

Evan Williams rarely leaves his local track empty-handed, most recently striking with 12/1 winner Golden Whisky on Welsh National Day, and Can You Call looks his best chance of the afternoon in this 2m handicap chase.

The seven-year-old would surely have gone close to rewarding favourite backers at Hereford last month, given he was close behind and still going well when falling two out, and the form of his previous fifth in a novices' handicap chase here in November could not have worked out better.

The second, third, fourth and sixth have all won at least once since - make a note of the winner Witness Protection as he's got a big pot in him - and the selection (blue colours) really caught the eye on that occasion in the way he kept on steadily up the home straight.

Thursday's more testing conditions should suit him in even better given all his best form in bumpers and over hurdles was on soft / heavy ground, while this drop in grade to class 4 doesn't harm his chances either.

15.20 Chepstow - Voyage De Retour

Garincha looks a worthy favourite for this 2m3f handicap hurdle as he's well-in under a 7lb penalty for winning at Wetherby on Boxing Day, when finding a chunk of improvement on just his second start for Neil Mulholland.

But winners turned out quickly can be found out by heavy ground and preference at bigger odds is for Voyage De Retour, who is better than he showed at Lingfield last time out over a trip short of his best.

Previously, he'd twice finished runner up over similar trips to today's, the latest of those off a 4lb higher mark, and on that evidence this winning pointer can definitely win a race when there is more of an emphasis on stamina.

His trainer Toby Lawes is proving adept at placing his horses, as shown by his 8-33 (24%) record this season, and the stable's last two runners have both obliged, while Kevin Brogan, who is claiming a useful 3lb and is 3-5 for the Surrey-based yard this term, is an eye-catching jockey booking.

15.50 Chepstow - Gemirande

Venetia Williams is quite possibly the best in the business at acquiring French-bred horses and turning them into winners, handicappers especially, and her Gemirande could be the latest example when he runs in this 2m4f handicap chase.

The six-year-old won a Wetherby novice on his second British start at Wetherby last November, confirming the promise he'd shown in France, and looks sure to double his tally this season now tackling fences.

His chase debut effort at Lingfield last month, when only finding Ahead Of The Field too good, hinted at better to come and the run was surely needed given he'd been off the track since April.

With his stable in excellent form - 5-24 in the last fortnight - and no worries over the prevailing heavy ground - he looks a good bet to go one better under Charlie Deutsch.

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