14:00 Exeter Tue 21 January 2020

  • A Voice For Racehorse Owners Maiden Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 175y, Heavy
  • 16 Runners
  • Winner£4,094.002nd£1,202.003rd£601.004th£301.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 20.78sOff time:14:00:35
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711-4OR:
8/1

A Stowaway gelding who made a winning start in a point-to-point last May; subsequently sold for £31,000 at the Doncaster sales and makes his debut under rules for an in-form yard. Bred to get a trip but still of interest at this level; shortlisted.

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711-4OR:
40/1

Showed some ability in a couple of point-to-points but two previous starts over hurdles have been modest efforts. The fitting of a tongue tie might help but the gelding still has a lot to prove at present.

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511-4OR: BF
3/1

A half-brother to the high-class Epatante, this fellow was well backed on his debut in a bumper at Ffos Las last month but was just done for toe near the finish on that occasion. He'll be wiser and will likely improve now obstacles are in the way.

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511-4OR:
12/1

Ex-French gelding who runs for the same ownership as Fanfaron Dino but needs to significantly improve upon the form he showed in a bumper in his homeland before making an inauspicious debut for his new trainer last month. More needed here.

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511-4OR:
100/1

A regressive handicapper on the Flat and hasn't shown much sparkle in a handful of starts for his current yard. Plenty to prove now he switches codes and races beyond 1m2f for the first time too.

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7
711-4OR:
200/1

Best effort when third in a Wadebridge point-to-point but well below that standard in two subsequent runs in the amateur game. Not seen action since April 2018 and best watched on rules debut.

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8
511-4OR: BF
4/7

Benefited from a decent pace to be placed twice in a couple of Class 5 bumpers and is going the right way. His yard is thriving just now and it'll be interesting to see how he compares with stablemate Fanfaron Dino once the betting market warms up.

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9
711-4OR:
33/1

Well beaten in both previous starts and has a lot to prove at present. He's bred to get a bit further than this so a sterner test might suit him better as he gains experience.

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10
611-4OR:
66/1

Modest form in Irish point-to-points before switching to his new yard last month. The gelding was turned out quickly but showed just a flash of ability before being pulled up on his hurdles debut. The tongue tie needs to prompt a big improvement.

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611-4OR:
11/1

Managed to win a maiden point-to-point before swapping hands for €62,000 in May; well beaten three times over hurdles since and disappointing that he was never competitive last time out. Another with something to prove at present.

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12
510-11OR:
150/1

Well held in a bumper and two previous starts over hurdles; possible the mare already needs a sterner test of stamina (she's a half-sister to 2m6/3m2f hurdle winner Glanville Guest). Tries a hood but is another who needs to improve greatly.

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710-11OR:
100/1

Made very little impact on debut in a bumper at Southwell and was much the same on hurdles bow at Uttoxeter (2m3f, heavy) last month; a big step forward on those pieces of form is required.

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1010-11OR:
200/1

0-9 in point-to-points and was soon headed and brushed aside when jumping to the right on her hurdles debut last month. Now tried in a hood but it will be surprising if others aren't more progressive at this stage of their development.

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610-11OR:
125/1

A maiden under both codes of racing and has done very little in this sphere to suggest she's a winner in the waiting. Does have experience of this course but also worth noting her chance was rated at 200/1 in each of her last two starts.

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410-0OR:
40/1

Rated just 55 at her best on the Flat and flattered by her finishing position in both previous starts over hurdles; not even her weight-for-age allowance is enough to tempt the interest levels for a punt above tepid.

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410-0OR:
14/1

A half-sister to 2m hurdle winner So Celebre whose dam won a Listed race over 1m2f on the Flat; highly respected yard that is very capable of having one ready first time out (the stable also runs Flou Artsistique); merits a betting check.

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Non-Runners

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Chez Castel Mail36
811-4OR: -
T: Ali StrongeJ: Adam Wedge

Last Year's Winner

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Chambard711-47/2
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch

Betting

Forecast

Gustavian (4/7), Chez Castel Mail (5/2), Fanfaron Dino (3/1), Carlow Farmer (8/1), Writteninthesand (11/1), Flou Artsistique (12/1), Sexy Lot (14/1), Kerb Line (33/1), Miss Harriett (40/1), Exit Plan (40/1), Tricky Customer (66/1), Mighty Elsa (100/1), Gates Pass (100/1), Puzzle Cache (125/1), Kapitall (150/1), Mrs Trout (200/1), Gorcombe's Rascal (200/1)

Verdict

A modest race for the grade but FANFARON DINO is likely to be popular now he has the benefit of a run behind him and he just edges preference ahead of interesting hurdling recruits Carlow Farmer and Sexy Lot, who won't need to be anything out of the ordinary to have an impact at this level. Chez Castel Mail and Gustavian ( a stablemate of the main selection) are a couple of others to monitor in the betting.
  1. Fanfaron Dino
  2. Carlow Farmer
  3. Sexy Lot

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