16:45 Exeter Tue 5 March 2019
C&D winner on heavy ground two starts back came unstuck next on good ground at Wincanton but with more give underfoot here a much better effort now expected especially with course form.
Winless over fences so far but has dropped to a very handy mark and improved showing on first start back after wind surgery when runner-up at Uttoxeter (3m, soft) on New Year's Eve. Scope for better after that positive step.
Dual winner in 2016 had wind surgery after finishing fourth at Bangor (2m7f, good to soft) in January last year. Pulled up latest after another break and plenty of risk attached now.
Southwell winner last March returned from 296 day absence latest with a moderate third at Huntingdon. Can strip fitter now but handicap questions remain so others more compelling.
Still a maiden but posted a respectable effort on chase debut in January. Had wind surgery since but obviously deemed sound enough to take her chance here. One to monitor closely in the betting.
Winning point-to-pointer who has quickly been switched to fences and despite being given two stiff tasks has hinted that he may do better in this sphere. Drops in class and goes back up in trip now and one to keep an eye on off this mark.
Suffering a severe dose of seconditis after five straight silver medals this season. Up a further 2lb but visor now tried to eek out that little extra which is required. Hard to see him not making a bold bid.
Game veteran who was rated 132 at his best in the distant past. Now attractively weighted in comparison but has posted more moderate efforts than good ones lately. Place claims but risks attached.
Unplaced in six career races and pulled up over C&D latest in first handicap. Not seen nearly enough to be confident.
No show on return from spell pointing last summer but much better latest when a close third after a break at Ffos Las. Same mark here and could very well have come on for that run so certainly merits respect.
10-time point winner made rather incredible return latest after 639 day break when finishing third in a heavy ground C&D handicap at 50/1. Age rather a concern but on that form alone he can't be ruled out.
Returned from spell in the doldrums when winning at Hereford under this rider last time out. Only upped 2lb for the success so if he can follow it up he should go well once more.
On a 16-race losing run and although latest fourth to Some Finish was a fair effort she is unlikely to reverse with that rival or indeed make the frame here.
Only once placed in 12 career starts and although she registered one of her better efforts latest when fourth she still looks up against it overall.
Lingfield winner in 2017 but only once placed since and that in a seven runner contest when a remote third. Well beaten again last time out so hardly compelling claims.
Heavy ground winner in final start last term but not hit those heights this term with 53L defeat latest at Chepstow evidence of that. Claims if bouncing back but far from assured of doing so.
Almost three years now since lone win in 31 starts. Ninths at Hereford and Lingfield last twice evidence of general struggles and easy enough to pass over.
Last Year's Winner
Buck Bravo (7/2), Pine Warbler (5/1), Big Time Frank (11/2), Kilcrea Bridge (7/1), John Daniell (8/1), The Boom Is Back (10/1), Call Carlo (10/1), Good Man Hughie (14/1), Silent Encore (14/1), Kiwi Myth (16/1), What Larks (25/1), Shanann Star (25/1), Some Finish (25/1), One Leader (33/1), Magic Mustard (33/1), Touch Screen (50/1), Bonds Conquest (50/1), Hansupfordetroit (50/1)
- Kilcrea Bridge
- Pine Warbler
- Silent Encore
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