Chutney Dave’s NH Eyecatchers July

Chutney Dave’s NH Eyecatchers July
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Chutney Dave at Uttoxeter

A winner at Uttoxeter. David Massey aka Chutney Dave

David Massey is well-known to Twitter followers as Chutneydave (@chutneydave).


A keen National Hunt aficionado, he produces the One Late Last Lunge racing blog and podcast (, regularly appears on William Hill Radio and can frequently be found doing the pre-race preview in the paddock at his local and much loved course, Uttoxeter, and is the manager of OLLL Racing Consultancy.

[symple_spacing size=”5px”]In short he loves his National Hunt racing.

[symple_spacing size=”10px”]Below are the horses that caught his eye during his travels around the summer jumps circuit.

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Market Rasen, 7th July 
Trainer: John Mackie. Jockey: Brian Hughes. Owner: Gary Shelton
Position 1/9. Weight 10-9. Distance 19f. Going Good. Class 4. Opening Price 7/4, SP 6/4

Took a weak race with the minimum of fuss from the front, despite a sloppy jump at the last. Looked well in the paddock and had clearly come on from Wetherby, where his jumping was very sketchy in the first half of the race. Not useless on the Flat (rated 70) and another step up in trip could see him winning a small handicap or two before the handicapper catches up with him. Will want ground no worse than good. Going the right way.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]

Age: 4  (Foaled February 10th, 2009).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]

Sex: Chesnut Gelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]

Breeding: Sir Percy (UK) – Kitabaat (Ire) (Halling (USA))

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Newton Abbot, 8th July 
Trainer: M. Hill.  Jockey: Hadden Frost. Owner: The Detroit Reds

Position 2/15. Weight 11-4. Distance 22f. Going Good-Firm. Class 4. Opening Price 5/2, SP 5/2

Desperately unlucky not to win (final flight had been omitted) as he bumped into a revitalised Gap of Dunloe, who having his first run for Peter Bowen and got picked off close home. Jumped and travelled like the best horse in the race, and given the pair were 16l clear of anything else, the 7lb rise he’s got for that still looks a workable mark. Compensation surely awaits.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]

Age: 7  (Foaled April 25th, 2006).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]

Sex: Chesnut Gelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]

Breeding: Hamairi (Ire) – Kingston Black (UK) (Shaab (UK))

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Uttoxeter, 9th July 
Trainer: S.G. West.  Jockey: Harry Derham. Owner: Mr J.D. Gordon

Position 1/15. Weight 11-7. Distance 20f. Going Good. Class 4. Opening Price 10/1, SP 9/1

Looked very fit for his comeback run after 18 months off but showed there’s a huge engine still there. Did a lot of the donkey work and held on in very game fashion. Went up 8lb for that but now a winner of 5 races from 10 starts and clearly has a good attitude. Will probably go novice chasing at some point this winter and is definitely one to have on your side. Won’t mind some cut either..[symple_spacing size=”10px”]

Age: 9 (Foaled January 25th, 2004)[symple_spacing size=”5px”]

Sex: Bay Mare.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]

Breeding: Winged Love (Ire) – Dansana (Ire) (Insan(USA))

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Worcester, 10th July[symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Trainer: A Kennedy.  Jockey: Richard Johnson. Owner: Mr. A. J. Kennedy
Position 2/11. Weight 10-13. Distance 16f. Going Good. Class 6. Opening Price 10/1, SP 14/1

Was the only one to give previous winner Plain Sailing any sort of run for his money, travelling well and throwing down a challenge a furlong out, only to find the experienced winner knowing that bit more, with the pair clear. Looked well in the paddock, has scope, and picking up a race or two on this showing looks a formality.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]Age: 4  (Foaled May 30th, 2009).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Sex: Bay Gelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Breeding: Darsi (Fr) – Native Artist (Ire) (Be My Native (USA))

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Newton Abbot, 15th July [symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Trainer: Charlie Longsden.  Jockey: Richard Johnson. Owner: Mr Tyrone Hanlon.
Position 3/6. Weight 11-12. Distance 17f. Going Good-Firm. Class 4. Opening Price 11/4, SP 11/4

Does come with a warning attached but again travelled like the best horse in the race, and again, emptied out in the space of a furlong. Clearly something stops him from carrying out his finishing effort but once they find what it is, you feel it’s a matter of time before he leaves this mark behind. Regardless of this, this piece of form, as it stands, looks reasonable – he was, after all, trying to give the much-improved Party Palace a stone and four pounds. Remains of interest, especially to you in-running players.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]
Age: 5  (Foaled March 29th, 2008).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Sex: Chesnut Gelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Breeding: High Chaparral (Ire) – Aldburgh (UK) (Bluebird(USA))
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Uttoxeter, 17th July [symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Trainer: R. C. Guest.  Jockey: Jack Quinlan. Owner: Mr Jonathan White.

Position 5/9. Weight 11-0. Distance 17f. Going Good-Firm. Class 5. Opening Price 33/1, SP 25/1

I’m undecided whether Solo Jugadores is just a bit slow or, equally likely, they are just giving him some educational runs before launching him into a handicap off his mark of 92, which looks workable. Twice this month, here and again at Cartmel a few days later, has been held up well off the pace, and made late ground into midfield without ever threatening. Expect his shrewd trainer to place him cannily somewhere along the line, probably over 2m4f.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]Age: 5 (Foaled February 29th, 2008).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Sex: Bay Gelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Breeding: Central Park (Ire) – Billie Holiday (UK) (Fairy King (USA))

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Bangor, 23rd July [symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Trainer: Jonjo O@Neill.  Jockey: A.P. McCoy. Owner: Mrs Gay Smith
Position 1/6. Weight 11-12. Distance 20f. Going Good-Firm. Class 3. Opening Price 9/4, SP 5/2

Looked different class than these and so it proved, travelling very strongly throughout and quickening up well when asked at the last. This was just a confirmation of his Worcester run, where he would have split two decent sorts in Buchaill Alainn and Brassick, and he already looks a big handicap winner in waiting, possibly at the Prelude meeting at Market Rasen in a few weeks time.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]Age: 7  (Foaled March 30th, 2006).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Sex: Bay Gelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Breeding: Imperial Ballet (Ire) – Molly Maguire (Ire) (Supreme Leader(UK))

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Uttoxeter, 29th July [symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Trainer: Michael Blake.  Jockey: Tom Cannon. Owner: Mr David Prosser
Position 2/9. Weight 11-12. Distance 16f. Going Good. Class 3. Opening Price 5/2, SP 3/1

Was well backed to win this contest but possibly given a touch too much to do, and couldn’t reel in Oliver’s Gold (winner again on Sunday at Market Rasen to make the form look decent) who got first run that day. Lightly raced over hurdles and despite a 6lb rise for that, travels better than a horse of a 105 mark. Should win soon.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]
Age: 6  (Foaled March 24th, 2007).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Sex: Bay Gelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Breeding: Sulamani (Ire) – Creeking (UK) (Persian Bold(UK))
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Worcester 29th July [symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Trainer: Brendan Powel.  Jockey: Will Kennedy. Owner: Mr Con Harrington
Position 5/9. Weight 11-9. Distance 20f. Going Good-Soft. Class 4. Opening Price 33/1, SP 40/1

A very eyecatching first run for the trainer. Nowhere near full fitness on paddock inspection, he still travelled well in the race before getting outpaced and allowed to come home in his own time, not given a hard race at all. Will strip fitter next time and an opening mark of 92 looks very workable based on his Irish form for Dessie Hughes.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]

Age: 7  (Foaled February 27th, 2006).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]

Sex: BayGelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]

Breeding: Desert Prince – Daniella Ridge (Indian Ridge)

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 Worcester 30th July[symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Trainer: Adrian White.  Jockey: Aidan Coleman. Owner: Lord Blyth
Position 2/14. Weight 10-12. Distance 16f. Going Good. Class 5. Opening Price 20/1, SP 20/1

Was the first to catch my eye in the paddock. Looks a very good type with a bit about it. Ran quite a remarkable race, looking as green as grass, taking a fierce grip and running around into hurdles. If his effort had petered out and he’d finished tailed off it wouldn’t have been a surprise but he found a second wind and stuck on well to finish second to the well-backed winner Orthodox Lad. If his wayward tendencies can he reined in, and he leanrs from this, then this 84-rated Flat horse for Andrew Balding could well have a future over hurdles too.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]Age: 4  (Foaled March 11th, 2009).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Sex: Chesnut Gelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Breeding: Halling (USA) – Landinium (Italy) (Lando (USA))

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Stratford,  1st Aug [symple_spacing size=”5px”]
Trainer: Sophie Leech.  Jockey: James Best. Owner: Cheltenham Racing Club
Position 7/11. Weight 10-0. Distance 20f. Going Good-Firm. Class 5. Opening Price 18/1, SP 20/1

A horse I’ve mentioned in dispatches before on podcasts. Has fallen almost 40lb in a year now which shows you what a tale of woe it’s been, but showed a little bit more in a first-time visor here (has tried other headgear), only weakening between the last two after being given a more positive ride from James Best. Maybe all is not lost just yet. Could win a little handicap or two if he can take another step forwards from this.[symple_spacing size=”10px”]Age: 9  (Foaled April 19th, 2004).[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Sex: Chesnut Gelding.[symple_spacing size=”5px”]Breeding: Danehill Dancer (IRE) – Ardisia (USA) (Affirmed USA))

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