Grey day at Exeter

  • By: Nick Robson
  • Last Updated: October 22 2013, 15:06 BST

Nick Robson likes the chances of Courageous Rock at Lingfield on Tuesday - he has a tip in every race.

Kentford Grey Lady: Can win over fences at Exeter
Kentford Grey Lady: Can win over fences at Exeter


EXETER: 2.10 Lumpys Gold, 2.40 Kentford Grey Lady, 3.10 Minella Friend, 3.40 Barrakilla, 4.10 Amok, 4.40 Milarrow, 5.10 Ceevee.

KEMPTON: 5.40 Hero's Story, 6.10 Sequester, 6.40 Loud, 7.10 Havelovewilltravel, 7.40 Pleasure Beat, 8.10 Everlasting Light.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 Opus, 2.30 Mocacha, 3.00 COURAGEOUS ROCK (NAP), 3.30 Roland, 4.00 Ceelo, 4.30 Desert Command, 5.00 Miguel Grau, 5.30 Absolutely Right.

YARMOUTH: 1.50 Kaab, 2.20 Dorset Cream, 2.50 Asyad, 3.20 Soul Instinct, 3.50 Green Howard, 4.20 Size, 4.50 Resonare, 5.20 Nelina.

DOUBLE: Courageous Rock and Asyad.

Courageous Rock looks guaranteed to be involved at the business end of the RP Metal/Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.

Trained by Ed Vaughan, the son of the American champion Rock Hard Ten made a most pleasing debut in a maiden at Doncaster that has worked out exceptionally well.

The winner, Richard Hannon's Pupil, went on to finish third in an always-informative conditions stakes at Newbury before running in the Autumn Stakes on Future Champions Day.

Runner-up Double Bluff hacked up on his next start at Goodwood and then ran in France at the weekend in a Group Three, while the third home, Raven Ridge, was a four-length winner on his next outing.

Back in fifth was Courageous Rock, who cost 60,000 guineas himself, but he was not asked any major questions and can be expected to improve a good deal.

To add further credence to the form, the seventh horse home at Doncaster, Hard Divorce, has also won since.

Desert Command may be up to defying top weight in the Catlin Howard Global Handicap.

Andrew Balding's three-year-old only has one win to his name but it came over this course and distance of six furlongs.

On his next visit to Lingfield he performed with great credit to finish third to the decent If So but proved he was no one-trick pony when beaten a short head back on turf at Epsom last time out when he was caught in the final strides.

Raised another 2lb for that effort, but with a plum draw here, another bold bid can be expected.

David Lanigan's Sequester caught the eye on debut and should know more about the job in the Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Kempton.

A half-sister to plenty of winners, most notably Aidan O'Brien's 2004 Beresford Stakes winner Albert Hall, she finished third of 10 on her introduction at Leicester earlier this month.

Having been outpaced early, Sequester made late gains to be beaten five lengths, but given she was sent off at 20-1 not much was expected of her.

It would be no surprise to see her leave that initial effort a long way behind.

Sir Michael Stoute's Asyad looks the best bet at Yarmouth in the second division of the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Her pedigree suggests she will relish stepping up in trip having finished fourth on her debut over seven furlongs.

With all the rain around recently, conditions should be in the favour of Kentford Grey Lady in the Your Favourite Pool Bets At Beginners' Chase at Exeter.

The seven-year-old was good enough to run Quevega to four lengths at the Cheltenham Festival a couple of seasons ago and while she failed to sparkle last term, trainer Emma Lavelle's runners were vastly out of form but the team really has been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks.