14:40 Exeter Tue 16 April 2019
Debut winner over C&D (good) 18-months ago. Took him five attempts to win a handicap, but then followed up next time at Leicester, when 7lb lower. Has improved on that over fences on last two runs. Should be competitive.
Taunton maiden winner (heavy) last spring. Showed good attitude to hang on for a Uttoxeter handicap win in May. Ran well in Listed company earlier this season. Out of sorts lately but 4lb drop, 3lb claimer and longer trip may all help revival.
Huntingdon maiden winner (2m4f, soft) 14-months ago. Unable to better that in three further runs, but finally did so last time at Newbury. Same handicap mark today, so more needed, but an each-way player.
Another maiden hurdle winner, in his case at Hereford (2m3f, good) in November. Disappointed next time and then had wind surgery. Returned from that with a win last time at Uttoxeter. Headgear retained and from 5lb higher he has claims.
No hurdles win since October 2016, or on the Flat since August 2017. Stays well and acts on good ground. Has joined a very capable trainer, who has a good record of reviving others' cast-offs, so the market should be a good guide as to expectations.
Multiple hurdles winner, including twice over C&D. Not the force he once was, but ended a lengthy losing run at Taunton in December. Held from this 4lb higher mark on his last two starts, but can't rule him out of the frame.
Sole win came on good ground at Taunton (2m) in November. Still early days in handicaps and showed improved form when 3L third at Sandown last time. Nudged up 1lb for that, but stable in good form and worth another try over this sort of trip.
Maiden under both codes after 15 career starts, mainly for Tom George. Went close on debut for this trainer at Southwell last time (1m7f, good), when front pair were 20L clear. This is tougher company, but not written off.
Last Year's Winner
Hattaab (2/1), Bang On (5/1), Renwick (5/1), Here's Herbie (8/1), Master Work (8/1), Magna Cartor (8/1), Malachite (9/1), Nelson's Touch (16/1)
- Bang On
- Master Work
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