3:30 – Newbury – BETFAIR MOBILE FOR BEST PRICES BUMPER (A STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE) (LISTED RACE) (CLASS 1) (4-6yo) Good To Soft 2m110y
Gevrey Chambertin is named after a wine growing village in the Cote de Nuits in the Burgundy region. He is a full brother and stable mate to Grand Crus and he absolutely routed his field on his only run to date which was a bumper at Ffos Las before Christmas. It is difficult to know what he beat on the day as nothing has come out of the race since.
He steps up to Listed company today in a field which contains no fewer than 8 previous winners. Visually it is difficult to oppose him today based on the way he won on his only run to date. He won over 2 miles on Heavy ground by 30 lengths and was not extended to do so. He was only a 3 year old when he won at Ffos Las and although as such he was getting weight from the rest of the field he did run extremely well in heavy ground which can be difficult for a 3 year old. He did not display an obvious high knee action which is the trade mark of a horse which needs very soft or heavy ground to act on making his display all the more taking and suggesting that he will go on firmer ground.
He looks a very uncomplicated horse and looked very professional on his debut as he did not pull or take a keen hold and was happy to comply with the way Tom Scudamore wanted to ride him, which was impressive on his racecourse debut.
He is from a top yard being with David Pipe who are having a good season again. As a 4 year old Gevrey Chambertin runs off bottom weight. However he is running in firmer ground today and is up against much stronger opposition. Nevertheless it will be very interesting to see how he gets on today. As a footnote his brother Grand Crus ran in two bumpers and was unplaced in either of them.