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All-hunter chase meeting returns to Stratford Racecourse tomorrow (Friday)

AFTER the loss of the 2020 fixture to Covid-19, Stratford’s popular all-hunter chase meeting returns tomorrow evening, Friday, featuring the 62nd running of the Class 2 Pertemps Network Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunters’ Chase, writes David Hucker.

Stratford Racecourse. Photo: Mark Williamson S82/8/20/1954
Stratford Racecourse. Photo: Mark Williamson S82/8/20/1954

With a prize fund of £20,000 and run over a trip of almost three-and-a-half miles, this year’s race has attracted the usual competitive field headed by the 146-rated Bob And Co, who will be ridden by his owner David Maxwell.

His trainer Paul Nicholls had three entries in the race and stable companion Adrien Du Pont, who will be ridden by top amateur Sam Waley-Cohen, lines up alongside Bob And Co with the third, Alcala, running in the later White Swan Hotel Handicap Hunters’ Chase.

The meeting starts at 5.10pm with the PPSA Open Hunters’ Chase over two miles and a furlong and among the nine runners is Ecu De La Noverie, winner of a handicap chase at Wetherby in November 2019 but lightly raced since.

Capitaine, once rated at 149 over fences when mixing it at Grade 1 level, is a shadow of his former self but might run well in this company with Waley-Cohen in the saddle.

Next up is the Skinner’s Ladies Open Point-To-Point Championship Final over two-and-three-quarter miles and among the runners is Virak, a winner of ten chases and five point-to-points, including at Cothelstone last time out, who was second in this race in 2019.

The trip is three-and-a-half miles for the Class 2 pointtopoint.co.uk Champion Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (For The John Corbet Cup) and features the Bradley Gibbs trained Captain McGinley, an impressive 21-length winner from Definite Dilemma at Cheltenham on his last run.

Gibbs also runs Premier Magic, who goes for a five-timer, having won three point-to-points and a novices’ hunter chase at Leicester where I’m Wiser Now, twice a winner here at Stratford last season, was back in third.

Viewing will be from the centre of the course and all tickets, which cost £15 including a racecard (concessions £10), must be bought in advance from www.stratfordracecourse.net.

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