15:15 - Exeter Preview & Tips
RARE LEGEND is interesting stepped up in trip on a journey across the Irish Sea. He represents a canny yard, with three miles plus on soft ground suiting in the past, looks to have a huge each way chance. Yanmare would have won here last time but for falling at the second last. He is still only seven, looking open to plenty more improvement when given extreme tests of stamina. Another Venture is fascinating stepping up in trip given how well he came home over shorter here last time, while Barton Gift looks sure to run his usual honest race.
Dour stayer who is a dual winner here. Last pair of wins came over this trip at Bangor on soft ground so will relish this test. Ran well on his return given that the trip and ground weren't his ideal. Still six pounds above his last winning mark but has an each way squeak.
Another Venture (IRE) | J: Tom Bellamy T: Kim Bailey
Has only had six runs under rules but shapes as if he will stay further than three miles. This is a significant step up (three-quarters of a mile) but having jumped round here last time, he is a fascianting contender with clearly plenty of improvement to come.
You Say What (IRE) | J: Tom Scudamore T: David Pipe
All three career wins have come here, including last time when bouncing back from a run of poor form. A ten pound rise for that victory still leaves him on a workable looking mark on his old efforts, but he is no good thing to follow one good performance with another.
Umberto D'olivate (FR) | J: James Best T: Robert Walford
Loves his racing here, a triple winner plus a number of placed efforts on this course. He was a fair way behind Barton Gift the only time he tried this far and now nine pounds higher than that run, he is going to have to produce far more than he has for the majority of 2017.
Rigadin De Beauchene (FR) | J: Robert Dunne T: Venetia Williams
Grand old stager, he has looked on the decline in recent starts, including at Uttoxeter last time when conditions should have been perfect. This is a far deeper contest so he needs to find another gear to score.
Bindon Mill | J: Nick Scholfield T: Victor Dartnall
Has shaped on numerous occasions as if he is better than he has shown so far. A winner here over three miles, he tends to blot his copybook with too many mistakes. Has only had five runs over fences, perhaps a slightly slower cadence over this longer trip can help him as he is capable of better.
Vice Et Vertu (FR) | J: Noel Fehily T: Henry Daly
Tricky customer got given a great ride by Paddy Brennan to win when last seen in May. Didn't fail for lack of stamina when trying this trip for the first time in the Devon National in February. Each way chance if in the same frame of mind again.
Only Gorgeous (IRE) | J: Lucy Gardner T: Susan Gardner
Won over this course and distance on very different ground in April. That was just a three runner affair so doesn't look the most relaible of form lines, his stamina will be tested more thoroughly here. Still a pound above that win, he needs a career best if he is to win this.
Say My Name (IRE) | J: Andrew Glassonbury T: Bob Buckler
Three mile winner here over hurdles, her was beaten out of sight in the Devon National. Doesn't look capable of hitting the same heights over the bigger obstacles currently so is easily passed over.
Zerachiel (IRE) | J: Tom O'Brien T: Ian Williams
Picked up a point to point on heavy ground over three miles, he has stayed on to good effect over that trip the last twice, including here. Shapes as if the step up to this longer trip will see him in a better light, though he needs to tidy his jumping.
Lunar Flow | J: Gavin Sheehan T: Jamie Snowden
Just behind Zerachiel last time at Warwick, both horses running on strongly from the last. He had the benefit of a prior run so may struggle to get closer given he has lost his edge. Connections add first time cheekpieces here, but is also entered in the 12.50 at Sandown where blinkers are declared.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) | J: Conor Shoemark T: Fergal O'Brien
Sank like a stone when with Nicky Henderson earlier in the year, the best of his form all coming on better ground. New connections are in flying form, they reach for first time cheekpieces which may sharpen him up. They have a well weighted horse on their hands but the ground is a concern.
Jepeck (IRE) | J: Daryl Jacob T: Richard Woollacott
Won a point to point over three and a half miles before a gallant third in a Cheltenham hunter chase over four miles. Stamina is clearly his forte, with wins on soft ground suggesting that conditions will hold no fears for him. Ran poorly here last time however, needs to improve massively on that to get involved.
Gamain (IRE) | J: Mr C. Williams T: Nick Williams
Best form has come on soft ground, his last chasing win from a pound higher. Has plugged on at the end of three miles to think that he will relish this extra distance, though the majority of his form has all come on much sharper tracks than this big gallop.
Yanmare (IRE) | J: Jamie Bargary T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Talented but quirky, he is a hard ride who can drop himself out. He is a dour stayer however and would have finished closer but for late mistakes when trying this trip for the first time. Looked the winner before falling here on his return, he shapes as if he can take higher order this season, a big chance.
Cailleach Annie (IRE) | J: Kieron Edgar T: Jackie du Plessis
Didn't get much luck in running when trying a marathon trip for the first time at Plumpton. She lacks a change of pace so this trip should suit her, but this looks a deeper field than she cares for, though she has at least won at this track in the past.
Rare Legend (IRE) | J: Rachael Blackmore T: John Joseph Hanlon, Ireland
Irish raider stays an extended three miles on very soft ground well, though he is yet to try anything as stamina sapping as this. The yard have to be respected when they send runners to these shores so needs plenty of each way consideration with the step up in trip having the potential to suit well. Looks a big price.