14:05 Exeter Tue 16 April 2019
Stayed on well to win an Ascot maiden hurdle (soft) over a similar trip in December. Bettered that effort here in defeat (2m2f) next time, under a penalty, before being found out in the Ballymore at Cheltenham latest. Should be a leading player.
Returned from a short break to win at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) in February, and not disgraced when 9L ninth in a Sandown Grade 3 last time. Slightly longer trip looks within range, but will need some improvement to win in this field.
Irish point winner who was easy to back when 7-1 and making all to win on rules debut here over 2m2f (soft) last month. Penalised for that today, but highly likely that this longer trip will play more to his stamina strengths. Looks a major player.
Scored easily on soft ground at Plumpton (2m4f) in maiden company in December. Has taken a couple of backward steps since then. Longer trip could help, but needs both improvement and also to prove that he acts on a sound surface.
Heavy ground Irish point winner in November 2017 and changed hands for £100,000 soon after. Built on a respectable rules debut when beaten 2¼L at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) last month. Should be thereabouts if handling quicker ground.
Showed some ability in one of his three bumper runs, but well held on his hurdles debut here in January. Hood now fitted, but he looks one to consider more closely when he goes handicapping in time.
Last of six on debut in a Ludlow bumper and then 100-1, lacked fluency in his jumping, and pulled up back at that track on hurdles debut recently. Can only watch.
Well beaten in three runs in bumpers. Has a stamina-laden pedigree, and dam won a chase over this trip, so it's a good starting point over hurdles, but this looks like a very tough introduction.
Well held in two bumpers and when fifth of six on her hurdles debut at Hereford last month. Readily opposed.
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