16:25 Exeter Tue 16 April 2019
Both wins have been under the champion jockey, so there could be some significance in his presence in the saddle again today. Held in both chase runs so far, when jumping right. Has the ability from this mark, but must jump better.
0-20 under rules. Has run well in defeat from 7lb higher as recently as December, so hard to write him off, and this jockey booking is positive. However, plenty still to prove after his last two efforts.
Was much better when we last saw him win at Kempton in December 2015 for Nicky Henderson. Losing run now at 21, and we have seen nothing in two runs for this trainer that suggests it will end today.
Stays 2m6f and both career wins have come when there was soft in the going description, including over C&D last time. Has run well on good. Was well backed in that latest win, so from 5lb higher he merits strong consideration.
Another who has only won on testing ground but has shown he handles good. Back on his last winning mark today. Despite a lack lustre last run in January, he has won when fresh and it would be no surprise if he did so again in first-time cheekpieces.
Record of 1-25 hardly inspires confidence, but in his defence, he did run well from 5lb higher on his chase debut at Taunton (2m2f, soft) last month. Acts on a sound surface, but will need improvement to figure.
0-16. Runner-up in a mares' handicap chase last time out at Hereford (2m5f, good). Up 2lb for that and has frame claims again.
Best effort came here this time last year, but there have been few others since then, and from 2lb 'wrong' he is not easy to fancy.
Has shown little form in recent times to be of interest here, and despite being 6lb better off with Tudors Treasure for a 12L beating by that rival last time, she is hard to recommend from 4lb out of the handicap.
Point winner who has not shown anything in the way of form under rules and is readily opposed.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Simon EarleJ: Conor Shoemark|
Tudors Treasure (11/4), All Kings (4/1), Rule The Ocean (11/2), Come On Charlie (11/2), Kingston Mimosa (8/1), Kilinakin (8/1), St Merryn (12/1), Gilly Grace (25/1), Full Shift (33/1), Eddies Pearl (66/1)
- Tudors Treasure
- Come On Charlie
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