12:55 Exeter Fri 6 December 2019
Followed up a point-to-point win at Borris House (3m, soft) in March with a victory over this C&D in similar conditions on stable and Rules debut just over a month ago. Strong claims of maintaining his unbeaten record.
Signs of ability on second of two bumper starts at this venue but finished well beaten on hurdling debut over an extended 2m5f on soft ground here last month. Probably best watched dropping in distance.
Improved on sole bumper effort when finishing fifth in a 2m maiden hurdle at Chepstow (soft) a month ago. Represents a useful stable and is worth a check in the market in this contest.
Placed in a point-to-point on good ground in Ireland in October last year. Well held on only completion from two subsequent starts in that sphere and is probably best watched on Rules debut following more than a year off the track.
Subsequently disqualified following a point-to-point win in the spring and has failed to figure in two Rules starts to date. Others make more appeal at present.
Fair fourth in a 1m4f bumper at Lignieres (good-to-soft) in France at the end of June. Well beaten fifth on stable and hurdles debut over an extended 2m3f at Lingfield (heavy) last month however.
Good 4L second in a 3m point-to-point at Monksgrange (yielding-to-soft) in April. Wellk beaten 26L sixth in a 2m bumper at Chepstow (good-to-soft) on Rules debut at the end of october and more needed on hurdling debut.
Placed second in a bumper at Chepstow (good-to-soft) in April but has failed to build on that in two starts in similar races this autumn including when 42L 12th of 13 at Newbury (good-to-soft) a month ago. Others make more appeal on hurdles debut.
Unraced home-bred Geordieland gelding out of a mare who won on the Flat and over hurdles. Worth a check in the market on first racecourse appearance.
Sent off favourite when finishing 14½L third in a five runner novice hurdle at Market Rasen (soft) last time out. Hails from a good yard and is an interesting runner dropping in trip.
Finished fifth on both starts in bumpers most recently when beaten 11L in an 18 runner contest at Wincanton (good-to-soft) last month. Likely more needed on hurdling debut.
Couple of promising efforts in bumpers last season including when fourth on heavy ground when debuting here 12 months ago. Well beaten on hurdling debut over an extended 2m4f at Plumpton (soft) last month however and others hold stronger claims.
Run well on both starts to date including when finishing 1¾L third in a 2m novice event at Ffos Las (soft) on hurdling debut last month. Interesting and remains open to improvement.
Fair effort when finishing 25L sixth in a bumper at Chepstow (soft) on Rules and stable debut a month ago. Hood worn that day is absent on hurdles debut.
Placed on three of his four starts to date including when 5¾L third in a 2m maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (good-to-soft) a fortnight ago. Represents a top yard and is one to note in this contest.
Held in a couple of point-to-point bumpers for previous stable and was beaten 28L when finishing 15th of 18 on Rules and stable debut at Wincanton (good-to-soft) last month. Others make more appeal on hurdles debut.
Signs of ability in two bumper starts earlier this year including when third in a six runner event over an extended 2m1f Fontwell (good-to-soft) in June. Held on both hurdles starts however and is probably best watched at present.
Beaten 93L when finishing tenth on Rules debut in a novice hurdle over an extended 1m7f at Wincanton (good) in February. Others hold stronger claims on seasonal reappearance.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden|
Sporting John (1/4), Le Cameleon (5/1), Starsky (6/1), Guy (12/1), Buckhorn George (20/1), Ambion Hill (25/1), Howaboutrightnow (50/1), Lamanver Bel Ami (66/1), Frisco Bay (66/1), Percy Pops (80/1), General Probus (100/1), Flagrant Delitiep (100/1), Gastara (100/1), Five Star Getaway (150/1), Just Go For It (150/1), Darsi Rose (200/1), Havacuppa (200/1), Cheeky Perry (250/1)
- Sporting John
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