Nicholls to Bag Chepstow winner
Bagad Bihoue appears to be the second string for Paul Nicholls based on jockey bookings, but he can still prove top dog in the totepool Persian War Novices' Hurdle at Chepstow.
Sire De Grugy: Returns to action at Chepstow
CHEPSTOW: 2.15 Dolos, 2.45 Arpege D'Alene, 3.25 Wishfull Dreaming, 4.00 Junction Fourteen, 4.30 BAGAD BIHOUE (NAP), 5.00 Theatrical Star, 5.30 Diamond Benny, 6.00 Going Gold.
CURRAGH: 2.05 I Am Titanium, 2.40 G Force, 3.15 Accalia, 3.50 Sweet Sounds, 4.25 Girl Of The Hour, 4.55 Magnolia Rose, 5.25 Xebec.
GOODWOOD: 2.00 Starcrossed, 2.35 No Not Again, 3.10 Fields Of Song, 3.45 Lightning Charlie, 4.20 Monarchs Glen, 4.50 Rex Bell, 5.20 Unison.
LIMERICK: 1.55 Missy Tata, 2.25 Electric Concorde, 3.00 Hello Sweetie, 3.35 Glencairn View, 4.10 Sub Lieutenant, 4.40 Elegant Statesman, 5.10 Moylisha Tim.
Bagad Bihoue appears to be the second string for Paul Nicholls based on jockey bookings, but he can still prove top dog in Sunday's totepool Persian War Novices' Hurdle at Chepstow.
Sam Twiston-Davies partners El Bandit in the Grade Two heat but it must have been a tough call with both boasting plenty of winning experience over obstacles.
However, Nick Scholfield can be the main beneficiary of that decision as he teams up with the four-time winner and highest-rated runner Bagad Bihoue.
The five-year-old has been a on quite a roll through the summer, winning twice at Newton Abbot in July before going on to score twice more at Stratford in August, with an aggregate winning distance of just short of nine lengths.
He probably has not faced too much in terms of quality company and this will certainly be a stiffer test, but the conditions of the race give him a slight edge and good ground is right up his street.
Nicholls should also be on the mark with Arpege D'Alene as he returns to fences in the totepoolliveinfo.com Novices' Chase.
He showed plenty of ability over hurdles and while his initial chase outing yielded a fine second behind Junction Fourteen, he perhaps was not the sharpest over fences and Nicholls opted to revert to the smaller obstacles for the rest of last term.
Arpege D'Alene is sure to have been well drilled ahead of this outing though and the vibes from the Nicholls yard have been good.
Junction Fourteen himself will also be in action as he clashes with Sire De Grugy in the feature John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase.
Emma Lavelle's charge would not have got near the former two-mile champion at his best, but Sire De Grugy is perhaps past his very peak now and has to conceded more than a stone to the selection.
Junction Fourteen shaped with real promise when winning on the final day of last season at Sandown after an interrupted campaign and while he could not make his mark in the Galway Plate last time, his lacklustre effort is best forgotten as the hurly-burly of such an event may not have played to his strengths while the ground probably was not ideal either.
Goodwood signs off for the year and Rex Bell can take top honours in the Goodwood Racehorse Owners Group Stakes.
One win in seven starts would hardly set the world alight, but he looks progressive and can strike for John Gosden.
Posted at 1445 BST on 07/10/16.
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