Horsebetting.com experts give their three best bets for the first jumps meeting of the season at Chepstow on Saturday, 13 October. Course specialist Rock The Kasbah looks weighted to land back-to-back runnings of the extended 2m 7f handicap chase, so rates the NAP on this eight-race card. The highly-touted Master Tommytucker is our next best punt on debut over the larger obstacles in the Listed 2m 3f novices’ chase, the Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy. Knight Destroyer figures on a handy mark, meanwhile, so makes plenty of each-way appeal in the four-year-old 2m handicap hurdle. For full details on these horses, read our in-depth preview and Chepstow betting tips for October 13.Course specialist Rock The Kasbah weighted to collectRock The Kasbah has a tremendous record at Chepstow, so is strongly fancied to further enhance it with victory in the extended 2m 7f handicap chase there on a superb Saturday card (17:20). This Philip Hobbs trained gelding has won three of his five starts at the home of the Welsh Grand National, finishing in the frame on the other two occasions.
The eight-year-old is two from two here over the trip of this, and the last of those successes came in this very event 12 months ago when he only had to be driven out to readily beat Petrou by two lengths off a mark of 142. Rock The Kasbah then found bottomless ground all against him when pulled up in the Grade 2 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock, before rounding off a light campaign with a cracking second of 20 to Step Back in the valuable Grade 3 bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.
Although no match for the easy winner, the son of Shirooco stuck to the task dourly and finished 14 lengths in front of the third home. That is very strong form in relation to this lower grade class 2 contest, while Rock The Kasbah is able to race in it off 2lb lower (147) and enjoys a massive 16lb swing in the weights with the re-opposing winner.
It should be more than enough to see him turn the tables. Rock The Kasbah also has a good record fresh and a terrific strike rate of 43 per cent in the grade. So, with the stable going well, and regular pilot Richard Johnson once again in the plate, he looks to have everything going for him in this and thus features as the NAP in our Chepstow betting tips for October 13.Master Tommytucker taken to make winning chase debutA small, but select field of five are set to go to post for the Listed extended 2m 3f Robert Mottram Memorial Trophy for novices over fences (13:35), and Master Tommytucker is taken to make his eagerly awaited debut over the larger obstacles a winning one. This gelding won both his hurdles starts last season and hails from the powerful yard of Paul Nicholls, who traditionally does well at this meeting.
The slow maturing seven-year-old surprised connections when making a winning debut at Exeter back in February. He was fully expected to need the experience and run, but showed a willing attitude to dig deep and fend off the challenge of Molineux by 1 3/4 lengths.
Master Tommytucker then had a break before handing out an 11-length drubbing to King Calvin in a seven-runner novice hurdle at Exeter. After racing keenly and being held-up at the rear, he made smooth headway to lead on the bit three from home. When Harry Cobden then let out an inch of rein, he stretched effortlessly clear to win hard held.
It was a most taking display, and one which suggested Master Tommytucker was an exciting prospect and one to follow this season. Nicholls has made no secret of the high regard in which he’s held and described his charge as potentially the “real deal”.
Master Tommytucker has also been schooling really well at home and had the option of running in the valuable Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle on this card, for which he would have been a leading fancy. It therefore looks significant that he lines-up in this, so the son of Kayf Tara is therefore our next bet on the card to live up to expectations and land the spoils en route to better things.Knight Destroyer appeals each-way In the 2m handicap hurdle for four-year-olds (16:10), Knight Destroyer looks nicely treated on the pick of his form and makes plenty of each-away appeal. This gelding hails from the yard of Jonjo O’Neill and looked an exciting prospect when winning by 28 lengths on debut over the obstacles at Uttoxeter 12 months ago.
He was sent off the 2/9 favourite to follow-up in a seven-runner contest at Market Rasen, but got turned over and beaten nine lengths by Nube Negra. It looked disappointing at the time, yet he was conceding 6lb to the winner and that one went on to finish a fine third of 22 to Veneer Of Charm in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival off a mark of 135 – so it was in fact a decent run off an official rating of 120.
Knight Destroyer was also far from disgraced when third to Apple’s Shakira at The International meeting at Cheltenham in December, and now starts the new campaign off a reduced handicap mark of 125. That looks exploitable judged on his run behind Nuba Negra and he comes into this fit having been given a recent pipeopener on the level.
That should have blown away the cobwebs and put him spot to do himself justice. Knight Destroyer has also won and been placed twice in three runs here on the flat, and has underfoot conditions to suit. He looks to have been laid out for this, so we had no hesitation in making him the each-way punt in our Chepstow betting tips for October 13.Your Next Bet