We have another of our Eyecatchers running tomorrow at Chepstow in a long-distance chase. He is unexposed and is thought by his trainer to need a proper test of stamina, which he will get in this race.
Read on to see who the horse is and how we rate his chances...
The team at Cleeve
4.00 Chepstow, Morecom Electrical Services Handicap Chase (Class 4) (0-120 5YO+) 3M 2F 54Y Heavy
Shaughnessy has had two runs over fences to date, placing once over this course. He is a lightly raced seven-year-old bay gelding by Shantou, out of Sudden Beat. His trainer Oliver Sherwood sees the horse as an out and out stayer and a grand national type of the future.
His two chase runs to date have been quite moderate, but he steps up markedly in distance this time and finally has a true stamina test in front of him.
Of his opposition here – Bob Ford has to carry top weight at the ripe old age of other thirteen runners; Air Navigator ran an OK race last time out and will contend; Holdbacktheriver was pulled up last time out and has not won for quite a while; Top And Drop won three on the bounce early in 2019 but has struggled ever since; Cavok won a small field race last time out but has more on his plate here. The other runners in the race look out of form.
So, all in all this looks like a pretty decent opportunity for Shaughnessy to bring his stamina into play in this long-distance handicap chase, before going on to better things.
One caveat is that the stable is not particularly firing on all cylinders, but they haven’t actually had that many runners.