Lofty targets for Pobbles Bay
A review of the rest of Tuesday's meeting at Chepstow as Pobbles Bay impressed for Evan Williams.
Evan Williams has his sights set on an outing in the Midlands National for Pobbles Bay after he maintained his unbeaten record over fences in the coral.co.uk Money Back If Your Horse Falls Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Chepstow.
Having made a good impression in a winning chase debut at Uttoxeter, the Evan Williams-trained seven-year-old brushed off a 14lb hike in the weights on his step back up in trip to score by four and a half lengths.
Williams said of his 9-2 winner: "He got put up a stone for winning last time and I couldn't argue with that as the horses around him keep coming out and winning races.
"The Midlands National or something like that would be sensible for him. That would be the logical place to aim him for. It would be nice if he could come back here for the big one (Welsh National) one day."
Warren Greatrex saw his well-hatched plan for Shantou Bob come together in the Coral Proud Supporters Of British Horse Racing Handicap Hurdle.
Having earmarked the extended two-mile-seven-furlong event for the eight-year-old after finishing second at Newbury last month, the 10-1 shot ensured it was 'job done' when denying Rolling Dylan by a neck.
Greatrex said: "He was a good horse two years ago. He has had his injuries and his wind is not great.
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"By God he loves a fight and he finished well. He ran well at Newbury and I had pinned this race a while back for him, as I was expecting it to be bottomless.
"We will keep going through the winter months. He is qualified for the Pertemps but it probably won't be soft enough."
The Worlds End (5-1) made it two wins from as many outings at the Monmouthshire track with an 11-length success in the Download The Coral Mobile App Maiden Hurdle.
Winning owner Max McNeil said: "It was a decent performance as the second and third were well strung out. Tom George has always liked this horse.
"He won his bumper here on Grand National day and we were a bit disappointed with his jumping at Ffos Las.
"Speaking on behalf of Tom, all he has done over the last three or four weeks is school him and he has said he is a different horse. This opens up a few more doors."
The Venetia Williams-trained Aso comfortably obliged as the 6/5 favourite in the coral.co.uk Best Price Guaranteed On Horse Racing Handicap Chase under Charlie Deutsch.
Williams said: "We had Cepage as well as Aso for this race but in the end sense prevailed and we brought Aso here.
"He has run some smashing races. There was a temptation to take him to Cheltenham on New Year's Day but they boosted the prize-money for this race and it made it more interesting. Charlie gave him an absolutely brilliant ride.
"We might go back to Cheltenham at the end of January but we will wait and see. Let's enjoy today."
The concluding Bet&Watch UK And Irish Racing At coral.co.uk Standard Open NH Flat Race went to Michael and Tom Scudamore courtesy of 7/1 shot Cadeyrn.
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