A winner over hurdles at this meeting in 2019 and again on Welsh National day that year, Eva’s Oskar won for the third consecutive visit to Chepstow, in doing so producing his best performance to date over fences.
The seven-year-old son of Shirocco had looked unlucky not to get off the mark when falling at Catterick in January, but hadn’t quite been at his best on his next two outings.
Back from a break and returned to his favourite course, he really had to knuckle down up the home straight, as he didn’t look to be going as well as the eventual runner-up. However, he has stamina in abundance, took up the running at the second-last and was then very game in the run to the line.
We’ve always hoped he might develop into a Welsh National type and though he is borderline for getting in off his current mark, that might well be the aim for him, as he is well-suited by soft/heavy ground, stays very well and clearly likes his visits to Chepstow! Congratulations to his owners Sally and Dick Prince.