Chutney Dave’s Eyecatchers

Chutney Dave’s Eyecatchers

National Hunt Eyecatchers – December

We have arranged for VG Tips members a private view of  David Massey aka Chutney Dave December’s National Hunt Eyecatchers list. As part of your membership you’ll be receiving over the coming weeks more eyecatchers. About David, he’s a racing consultant who travels the courses around the country and is key part of the ‘Uttoxeter Twitterati’. He pre-viewed for us all the big races of the Cheltenam Festival 2013, and will be doing the same, starting in February for this year’s festival.


David Masssey. National Hunt Racing Consultant

David Masssey. Racing Consultant

Reyes Magos (S Durack) – Doncaster, 29th November
Had clearly been laid out for this (there were three gambles in the race, and they finished 1-2-3, well clear of the rest) and looked well in off a mark of 100 on NH Flat form. Found the weight concession a bit too much (first two were miles in front of handicapper too) but form could not be working out much better. Decent ground will be a necessity, so we might not see him out for a while, but he needs going in trackers now.

Harristown (C Longsden) – Market Rasen, 5th December
In retrospect, faced a very difficult task in trying to give a penalty to the front 2, Aalim and Handiwork, both of whom have won since. That looks a solid piece of form, and given he was probably made too much use of that day as well, slightly different tactics and decent ground should see him back on the scoresheet.

Ballincurrig (D Skelton) – Sandown, 6th December
Made a mistake at the first on this, his jumping debut, but other than that put in a fairly good round of jumping. Couldn’t win this given the extremely wide route taken by his jockey all the way around, and tried to make ground widest of all, and perhaps given that and the longer trip it was hardly a surprise to see him weaken. A slight drop back in trip looks on the cards and is open to plenty of improvement.

Ultragold (C Tizzard) – Lingfield 15th December
Travelled like the best horse all the way around and was tanking along with four to jump but simply didn’t get home over this 3m trip. Was given a mention as being a bit weak behind when I saw him at Cheltenham in October but he’s looking better with every run. Another that just needs a drop back in trip and you feel he will be able to give the weight away to some inferior horses no problem.

Vujiyama (J J O’Neill) – Uttoxeter 10th December
Started out in the same race at Uttoxeter as stablemate Taquin de Seuil (from same sire too) had won the previous season so maybe expectations were high. Has now had three runs at the track and the form of this race could not be working out any better – third Come On Annie, fourth Levithian, and sixth Iron Butterfly have all won since. Tried to throw down a challenge two out after travelling well enough in rear but simply wasn’t quick enough. Will surely want two and a half miles and shouldn’t be written off yet.

Lyvius (O Sherwood) – Cheltenham 13th December
Given how far in front of the handicapper The Skyfarmer clearly was, to only go down 4l trying to give that one 4lb goes down as a very good effort. The pair were miles clear of the third, he looked very well in the paddock and given the form of the stable it would be no big surprise were he to take a good handicap some time in the next couple of months. Travelled every bit as well as the winner this day and has no problem with softer ground either.

Yes I Will (C Longsden) – Newbury 18th December
Another educational run for this one, being held up miles off the pace and making steady ground up from 3 out to finish on the heels of the placed horses. Has been thrown in some decent novices to get his mark, indicating to me that connections weren’t too fussed about getting too close to good horses, and an opening mark of 105 looks more than workable. Being a Kayhasi offspring will stay well too, and I’d expect a half mile step up in trip for handicap debut.

Delgany Demon (N King) – Towcester 26th December
Did us a favour here when winning his bumper (well backed), looking like he needed every yard of the trip, which you’d expect being bred to stay very well. Impressed with his attitude, really put his head down and won going away, and may well be overpriced in better contests because of his trainer, who doesn’t get many good horses. But form wise, he’s very solid indeed.

David runs a ‘paid for’ National Hunt Eyecatcher service at £10 per month, for this you will receive:

  •  a  comprehensive ‘Eyecatchers’ list which has been complied since October
  • a Cheltenham review every time there’s a meeting.
  • an email detailing its chances when one from the Eyecatcher list runs
  • an email on a Saturday detailing a few lays and plays
  • a Cheltenham review every time there’s a meeting.
  • £10 a month

For further information you can contact David Massey via this email address:

      January Newsletter


David Massey’s articles published last year pre-viewing the Cheltenham Festival 2013

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