Silver Trophy Handicap Wholestone

Horse racing - Chepstow - 14 Oct 16:10

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Paddy Power/Betfair are the only ones to price this up and they have Wholestone at 5/1 which looks way too big. I suspect he will go off much shorter, surely no bigger than 3/1 and there could be a really big gamble on him.

His trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, has won this race 3 times previously including last year with Ballyoptic. That now makes Wholestone look like a significant entry, especially as the trainer had three horses entered in this race but ultimately relies on just this one now.

Wholestone has won first time out for the last two seasons so fitness is not an issue, in fact I'd say he could be close to his best first time out. He's a horse that stays further which means he will be doing his best work at the finish. That was the case with Ballyoptic last year too so the extra stamina clearly helps and the trainer knows this.

On form I think Wholestone is the class act in this race. Last season he was excellent, winning a pair of Grade 2 contests at Cheltenham before going back there at the end of the season to finish 3rd in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett. He's currently rated 145 which massively underestimates his ability, in this Grade 3 handicap contest he might simply be a class above as he seems like a proper Grade 1 animal.

Overall this looks like a shrewd move by connections, running Wholestone in a race where should be a class above, they look to be taking advantage of his low mark before probably sending him over fences. The trainer knows what it takes to win this race and there's similarities between Wholestone and his winning stable mate in this race last year. I think he's comfortably the one to beat and is very good value at 5/1.

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