Belleau can make winning reappearance at Chepstow
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Published
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Matt Shepherd's consistent Belleau is fancied to return from 221 days on the sidelines to land Chepstow's Morgan Cole Handicap at 3.30 this afternoon.
The 4-y-o won a 1m4f claimer at Wexford in July for his former yard and can boast a number of creditable placed efforts in defeat after. She didn't complete in two hurdling starts for new connections this winter, but returns to the Flat on a realistic mark and has the promising 5lb claimer Charles Bishop in the saddle for the first time.
There are numerous dangers for the £3500 prize money with perhaps May Be Some Time the most interesting. Stuart Kittow's gelding won twice in 2011, bouncing back to his best to resume winning ways at Newmarket (1m) when last seen in October. He ran well on his seasonal reappearance last year and a positive move in the betting would further encourage support.
May's Boy has been on the go all through the winter on the all-weather and is well treated returning to turf. He ran poorly last time but figures on a mark 4lb lower than when winning at Sandown last June, and is clearly very dangerous if on a "going-day".
Bidable won at this uniquely undulating venue last Summer, but had rather a patchy record afterwards and does tend to need a run or two each season to reach optimum fitness levels.
The Name is Frank pays his way and was returning from six months off when a close second of ten at Salisbury (7f) earlier this month. He was a bit below that level back there last time, and is far from certain to stay this extended mile even on the forecast fast ground.
Perhaps Daneside may outrun his odds off topweight on his return from 216 days. The 5-y-o was disappointing in four runs last term but has slipped in the ratings as a result and should appreciate this class-drop under 5lb claimer Matthew Lawson.
Jalors has failed to feature in all three starts since a long break, despite the Ronald Harris yard's superb form, while Budley ran poorly on handicap debut last time having shaped quite well in low level maidens previously.
In summary, a wide open handicap but a great chance for Belleau to get off the mark for her new stable. She is proven over much further so seems sure to get a positive ride on the good to firm ground, and at around 7-1 this morning seems very fair each-way value.
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