Chapmanshype too good for Fontwell rivals

Fourth course win for Snowden runner.

  • Tuesday 18 August
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Chapmanshype registered a fourth course success with an imposing performance in the Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle at Fontwell.

A tremendous turn of foot saw Jamie Snowden’s six-year-old lead after jumping the third last and he built up an unassailable advantage in a matter of strides.

The pack closed in slightly from the final flight, but Gavin Sheehan did not have to get serious with Chapmanshype (9-2), who was in control and crossed the line four lengths to the good over Percy Street.

“I don’t think I rode him well the last time, apologies to the owners, they knew anyway. I had to redeem myself,” Sheehan told Sky Sports Racing.

“A flat-out gallop like that is just perfect. He loves it round here and has got good form round here. Down the hill is where he came alive for me the last time.

“I didn’t even ask him. His jumping today was incredible. It just seems he is getting better and better and more mature.

“He’s developing into a good horse and that was a good performance. I can’t see why he can’t step up again.”

Arthur’s Sixpence (2-1 favourite) looked a bright jumping prospect when completing a hat-trick in the Download The At The Races App Handicap Chase.

The six-year-old, trained by Kim Bailey, jumped for fun and ran out a 17-length winner from Iconic Hero in the hands of David Bass.

“After that first win, he got his confidence and he feels a different horse now,” said Bass.

“The one thing he has always done is jump really well. Coming here in a better race, we weren’t sure, but he loved the track.

“Kim said he needed a lead and I got one off the loose horse. It did help as I was in front a long way.”

Easyrun De Vassy made most of the running when making a successful debut over fences in the Novices’ Handicap Chase.

The 5-2 shot was headed by Jen’s Boy after jumping the fourth last, but regained the lead before the final fence.

Paul Nicholls’ six-year-old went on to beat the 5-4 favourite by five and a half lengths in the hands of Harry Cobden.

Shantou Master justified strong market support in the Visit Novices’ Hurdle.

Backed from big odds down to 6-1, the maiden point-to-pointer landed the prize for trainer Gary and son Josh after Eye Of An Eagle threw his chance away by wandering across the track in the closing stages.

The winning rider said: “He’d been working nicely, but it was his first run and we thought there might be a couple in there who might be too competitive for him.

“At first turning in I thought I was beat for a few strides, but he ground it out well.”

Chapmanshype too good for Fontwell rivals
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