15:45 Exeter Tue 6 November 2018
Better known as a chaser really but jumped badly on return at Huntingdon so was given a spin over hurdles last time. Going well there until a bad mistake meant he stopped quickly. Definitely capable off this mark but hard to fancy in current mood.
Winner in the point-to point sphere who has taken well to hurdling and scored at his second attempt in this sphere albeit in modest company. Folded tamely on handicap debut at Market Rasen (when sent off favourite) last time and much to prove now.
A story of steady improvement of late and stayed on strongly to win well at Bangor last week. Raised another 7lb so a career-high mark to defy here but has leading form claims all the same.
Only won twice in 31 starts but often runs well in defeat. Well held at Chepstow last week so needs major improvement on that but yard tend to do well at this track and a lively each-way player.
Gained his first victory under rules when battling on gamely on reappearance at Bangor last month. Nudged up 3lb for that win which asks another question in what is a slightly better race.
Hasn't won since the summer of 2016 which is off-putting. Now a stone lower than for that last win and showed a little more behind a handicap blot here two weeks ago. Down another 3lb from that run and you can make a case for him going well.
Won four on the bounce back in late 2017 and rose 27lb in the weights as a result. Form tailed off somewhat afterwards and still 6lb higher than for his last win. Shaped with promise on seasonal return at Huntingdon last time and could do better.
Well held on final start in Ireland when last seen at Tramore in August. Starts life for new yard today and 8lb higher. Market check needed.
Last Year's Winner
|This Is It||5||11-13||5/1|
|T: Nick MitchellJ: D A Jacob|
Farm The Rock (5/2), Plantagenet (3/1), Flying Verse (7/2), Cottonvale (9/1), Tea Time Fred (10/1), Ballydun Oscar (10/1), Kalifourchon (11/1), Masterplan (28/1)
- Tea Time Fred
- Flying Verse
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