Racing tip of the day
Ian Brindle thinks that Philip Hobbs could give himself a boost ahead of the Becher Chase with a winner at Exeter.
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Jayandbee 2.05 Exeter
It doesn't always follow that decent hurdlers make good chasers but by the same token, there have been plenty of ordinary hurdlers that have gone on to find their way over the larger obstacles.
Jayandbee never won a bumper or a hurdle but he appears to have found his calling as a chaser with two victories and two placed efforts from his eight starts so far and he could add to that tally with a success in the Devon Marathon Chase.
Crucially both of those wins have obtained when he was going right-handed so that shouldn't hold any issues at Exeter and Philip Hobbs stable are firing in the winners at a furious rate over the last couple of weeks.
Jonjo O'Neill won this race last year with Arbor Supreme so Whistling Senator certainly is one to be feared particularly as he seems a much improved performer for the application of headgear.
Nigel Twiston-Davies is another trainer to win this race in the past and Major Malarkey could literally be thrown in on his old form. The ten-year-old was rated 135 at the start of the year and follow a series of disappointments, he starts this assignment off a mark some 17lb lower today.
Qianshan Leader does have the steadier of topweight to carry and while the trip is a definite unknown, his run behind Standing Ovation at the track in October makes Emma Lavelle's inmate of some appeal.