14:05 - Exeter Preview & Tips

Distance: 2m 3f 48y
Going: Heavy
Runners: 5
Prize: £25,000
Type: Chase
Surface: Turf
2.05pm Exeter tips for Friday's Class 3 race. Just a small field heading to post in this chase over just shy of two and a half miles. Despite the lack of numbers, it more than makes up for it in class. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
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CALIPTO has shaped as if the step back up to this sort of trip would suit on all of his runs for this yard. He was only ten lengths behind Tea For Two as a novice over this course and distance, that level of form very much makes him the one to beat. De Dollar Man was a smart hurdler, though he should have done a little better on his chasing debut even if not staying. Flaming Charmer should get a soft lead on the front end but he lacks the scope of the aforementioned pair.

Calipto (FR) | J: Daryl Jacob T: Venetia Williams
Smart novice at the back end of 2015 for Paul Nicholls, including a third behind Tea For Two over this course and distance. Has shaped well in all three runs for this yard, including at a pair of spring festivals. The return to this trip should suit, he could be well treated at present. The one to beat.

De Dollar Man (IRE) | J: Adam Wedge T: Evan Williams
Another who could be well treated from his current perch, he was a smart hurdler last season on soft ground. This trip suits, having not got home over further here last time. Only had five career races so surely capable of better, his Ascot run last season his best. Similar conditions here so looks a big player.

Earthmoves (FR) | J: Sean Bowen T: Peter Bowen
Twice a winner over fences earlier in the year, he is eight pounds higher than the latter of them, now in a better race. Went out like a light on his seasonal return at Aintree, he should enjoy being back over fences with trip and ground to suit but he needs more again.

Flaming Charmer (IRE) | J: Robbie Power T: Colin Tizzard
Arguably a career best when last seen at Chepstow. He was well supported, running the field into the ground from the front. He should get his own way at the head of affairs once more which make him dangerous under suitable conditions. He lacks the scope for improvement others do however.

Chosen Well (IRE) | J: Wayne Hutchinson T: Alan King
Not seen since November 2015, he is very well treated on his belated return if straight enough. Lingfield saw a horse return from longer off to win on Wednesday so the absence is not a massive concern from such a big yard. Soft ground suits well, shouldn't be totally written off.

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