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Russell Worth Solicitors 20th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
1.25pm Exeter tips for Wednesday’s Class 3 race. A field of seven go to post for this two mile handicap hurdle at Exeter on Wednesday afternoon. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Plenty of interesting types compete here including both Brave Eagle and Persian Delight, who run for top connections and arrive here on the back of last time out victories. They shouldn’t be far away but this can go to SPEREDEK, who improved massively last season for the switch to fences. He arrives here on a four-timer, winning his latest start at Ludlow as he liked. He now returns to hurdling off a much lower mark and with conditions to suit, he can gain another victory.
1 THE GIPPER – Won trhee starts ago at Chepstow for Evan Williams before two lacklustre efforts over fences, understandably now switched back to timber. His current mark isn’t harsh and he has his perfect ground, so he shouldn’t be far away.
2 BRAVE EAGLE – Five year old for Nicky Henderson who has won both his rules starts thus far, winning a maiden and a novices’ hurdle. His opening mark of 133 isn’t overly harsh and he remains with huge amounts of potential, so he has to be respected.
3 UNISON – Got back to form yesterday when winning a Class 2 event at Huntingdon, keeping on strongly to sweep past his rivals on the run to the line. He’s unlikely to run here but if taking his chance his claims are obvious.
4 AZZERTI – Has won two races over timber for Alan King, though neither were in handicap company. He’s been set two tough tasks the last twice including handicap debut, though his seasonal debut really was poor. More is needed on that evidence and off two pounds lower, others are preferred.
5 PERSIAN DELIGHT – Only three runs over hurdles thus far for Paul Nicholls, winning at Wincanton when last seen despite running green. He’s seven pounds higher here but he goes well fresh and he looks progressive, so he’s a strong contender with conditions to suit.
6 SPEREDEK – Sprung to life over fences towards the end of last season, winning three on the bounce for Nigel Hawke. He now returns to hurdling off his last winning mark over fences and if able to transfer that ability with conditions to suit, he’s going to go very close here.
7 CLENI WELLS – Tough to win with and his record now stands after two wins from forty-four starts, running well the last twice without looking as though he’d be winning. This is a tougher race and he’s very likely to miss out despite the Champion Jockey taking over.