2.55pm Exeter tips for Sunday’s 100,000 Euro race which has attracted a huge and talented field. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: A huge field means a fast early pace seems pretty much assured in this valuable contest which may well allow WOUNDED WARRIOR (Each Way) to get in to the rhythm he needs to be seen at his very best. He is heading toward a handy mark now after a few below par efforts but it still held in very high regard at home and at a big price could surprise them all this afternoon with a clear round.
1 ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS – A top class challenger with a two out of two record at Navan who is making his debut for Willie Mullins having moved from Sandra Hughes at the beginning of the month. Plenty of weight but won’t be far away if fully wound up after seven months off.
2 ROIS DES FRANCS – Liam McKenna claims a useful seven pounds off his back and he has won three of his thirteen starts over fences including a seven-length victory at Down Royal in March off a pound higher. Stats even further and will love a fast run race as seems assured, place possibilities but clearly not the stable first string.
3 MALA BEACH – Just the one win over fences from nine starts and ran a blinder on his return from eighteen months off when runner-up to A Genie In Abottle at Galway over an inadequate two and three-quarter miles. Could improve for that race or could bounce after a lay-off and others appeal more at these prices.
4 POTTERS POINT – Another of Gordon Elliott’s six runners here with Miss O’Neill claiming five pounds off his back. Nine pounds higher than his last win at Listowel and a distant fourth at Listowel off this rating last time out. May well be in the grip of the handicapper at present.
5 WOUNDED WARRIOR – Pulled up not once but four times in a row now with the latest at Cork over further when weakening a long way out. Rated 142 this afternoon and is heading toward a winning mark for trainer Noel Meade and with then excellent Adam Short good value for his seven-pound claim, a big race is anticipated at these weights.
6 GENERAL PRINCIPLE – Returned to action from his summer break with a satisfactory two length fourth to Folsom Blue over hurdles which will have put him spit on for this. Two wins and four places from nine starts over fences and well backed in the early markets, seems sure to get involved in the finish with a clear round.
7 ARKWRISHT – Just the one win from nine starts over fences for Joseph O’Brien’s gelding and failed to see out the three and a half miles at Cork last time out when thereabouts until fading rapidly close home. Could do better dropped back to this trip but yet to win in handicap company over the bigger obstacles and a rating of 138 seems high enough in a race that will still be a stamina test.
8 BONNY KATE – Ran really well in this race last year when third to Empire Of Dirt off three pounds lower but she has been pulled up in her last two starts at Naas and Fairyhouse in the Irish Grand National. Off since April and the rest may do her good, but she does arrive here with something to prove.
9 LAST GOODBYE – A decent enough sort with one win from five starts over fences but yet to race beyond two miles five and this will test his stamina to the limits. He is open to further progression at the age of only six but has his work cut out on his form so far with a twenty-one length fifth at Punchestown last time out off a rating of 137 and only dropped a pound is hard to fancy this afternoon.
10 ROGUE ANGEL – A big priced outsider for Mouse Morris after finishing a poor sixth of fourteen at Cork in the Cork Grand National though he did win the Irish National proper in 2016. Slipping down the weights now but may need more of a test of stamina to be seen at his best these days.
11 HURRICANE DARWIN – Looking for his hat-trick here after wins here at Navan over two and a half miles over fences and at Clonmel over three miles over hurdles last time out. Six pounds higher now and this looks a lot deeper field but won’t go down without a fight for trainer Alan Fleming and jockey Denis O’Regan.
12 SPACE CADET – Not seen in action since finishing seventh at Punchestown in April, fourteen lengths behind Sizing Codelco and has only been dropped a pound for this afternoon. Top stable in Gordon Elliott but this is a tough race to come back from a lay-off and his race fitness will be tested to the max.
13 DON’T TELL NO ONE – In form recently with win at Killarney bracketed by second places at Galway. Weakened badly when tried over this trip over hurdles and yet to try it over fences, and with stamina questions against his name others have to appeal just that little bit more in this field.
14 TESSERACT – Kept on well to win by a short head over two and a half miles last time out at Wexford and could do better stepped up to three miles. He did have a very hard race that day and no guarantee he has recovered, though as a J P McManus owned runner a market watch may well tell its own story.
15 THE WINKLER – Up two pounds for finishing second to Call It Magic at Galway over shorter at the end of last month but needs a career best to get involved in this company at these weights and may well struggle. Eoin Doyle stable ticking over but this looks harder.
16 HE ROCK’S – His last win was in October 2016 at Roscommon off a mark of 113 and he has to carry thirteen pounds more this afternoon, but he will strip fitter after a third at Galway on his first run in six months. A nice low weight here if he can improve for that.
17 AS DE PIQUE – Fell at Punchestown in October and unseated at Cheltenham for an inauspicious start to the season but is better than that as proved by two wins last season at Wexford and Gowran Park. Has to carry a pound more than his handicap mark here and needs to get round safely for starters to have any chance.
18 ICANTSAY – Hacked up over hurdles in what may well have been a confidence booster last time out but has six pounds more than when winning his last race over fences at Listowel in September and runs from a pound out of the handicap for the John Ryan stable.
19 DON VINCENZO – Plenty to find from three pounds out of the handicap and finished six lengths third to Tesseract when last seen at Wexford last month. Off for close to a year and may have needed his three races to put him straight, but another carrying three pounds more than he should and ought to struggle.
20 WHATAREUDOINGTOME – Stays even further with a win over three and three-quarter miles at Punchestown in April off eight pounds lower and ran surprisingly well over two and a half miles last time out to finish second to Hurricane Darwin here. Should do better at this trip and has been well backed in recent days despite being four pounds out of the handicap.
21 PAPER LANTERN – One pipe opener so far this season when fifth at Down Royal but beaten a long way and arrives here with a lot to prove. Three wins last season were in lesser class and from out of the handicap he is pretty hard to fancy here for trainer Karl Thornton and jockey Robbie Colgan.
22 POORMANS HILL – The final Gordon Elliott runner and in good form with four wins and a neck second in his five runs since joining the stable. Upped in class but deserves to take his place and interesting regardless for his top and in form stable.