A winner over hurdles last November, Chozen has always looked a chaser in the making and the six year old ex-Irish pointer got off to the perfect start on his seasonal reappearance, making a winning debut over fences in a 2m handicap chase at Southwell yesterday under Alan Johns.
A keen-going sort, we rode him with plenty of restraint last term, but he is maturing now and Alan was keen to make plenty of use of him. In front from the off, he was headed by the eventual runner-up on the first circuit, but hit the front again three from home and kept on strongly to score, the pair drawing a long way clear of Cap St Vincent, who finished a very pleasing third.
Chozen will stay further and soft ground should see him to even better effect, so hopefully there is a good deal to look forward to with him in the coming months. Congratulations to his owners Dave and Jodie Pearn!