3.35pm Exeter tips for Tuesday’s Class 4 race. A great handicap is in store with thirteen runners vying for the prize over the 2m 7f distance. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: Arthur Mc Bride returns to this sphere after a very successful campaign on the flat and could be well handicapped if translating that form over timber, but preference is for the unexposed RIO BRAVO. He was a good second at Worcester on his latest start behind a runaway winner and he was clear of the third, now pitched into handicaps off a generous mark. Paddy Brennan takes the ride and he shouldn’t be for catching here.
1 THIS IS IT – Lightly raced sort for Nick Mitchell who shaped with promise in three runs earlier this year, last seen finishing second over course and distance in March. He goes well fresh and is only three pounds higher here, so shouldn’t be far away.
2 KING UTHER – Won a maiden hurdle when last seen in March at Lingfield and that run can be marked up as he was ten lengths down at the second last. He is sure to be suited by this longer trip and isn’t handicapped out of things, so has to be respected.
3 RIO BRAVO – Ran well in his final Novice start when second behind a runaway winner at Worcester, clear of the third-placed horse. He’s got potential going into handicaps and if backing that effort up he’s ging to be very tough to beat.
4 ARTHUR MC BRIDE – Has shaped into a talented stayer on the flat for Nigel Twiston-Davies since his last hurdling run, returning to this sphere off a very workable mark. If translating his flat form back over timber he’s likely to go very close from the front.
5 WESTERN WAVE – Slowly progressive for Tom George and posted a career best when fourth at Perth in May, with his jumping letting him down in the end. He’s on the same mark here but needs to jump much better and others are preferred.
6 ALL KINGS – Eight year old who has only run five times under rules, signing off from the Harry Fry yard with a disappointing eighth over course and distance. Debuts for Bob Buckler today and impossible to fancy.
7 CHAMPAGNE TO GO – Yet to win from five hurdling starts for Kim Bailey but upped to 2m 5f he stayed on well to finish second at Newton Abbot in October. She’s on the same mark here and upped in distance, so could be an each way factor.
8 OUR FOLLY – Painfully inconsistent nine year old who won four starts ago but hasn’t been in anywhere near his best in three runs since, tumbling down the weights once again. Hard to dismiss but others are readily preferred.
9 DAVID JOHN – Dual winner over hurdles for Tom Lacey who has been running well over fences of late, finishing second at Southwell by a neck off today’s mark. Doesn’t win very often though and couldn’t be put forward for win purposes.
10 EDDY – Has shot up the weights of late due to some good performances, following up a win here with a close second when last seen in October. He now stepped up two furlongs in distance which is fine but others are far better handicapped.
11 FRASER CANYON – Fourteen race maiden under rules for Tim Vaughan who was only fifth at Fontwell on his latest start, never looking dangerous last month. He may have needed that run but others are readily preferred.
12 QUINTO – Well handicapped on the best of his form for Jimmy Frost but he’s been well beaten on his last three starts, tailed off at Exeter when last seen. A return to this distance will help but it’s hard to build a case for him.
13 THE GREENVET – Point winner who is yet to make a breakthrough under rules, making little impression when things got serious on his latest start. Far more is needed now he’s upped in grade and it’s easy to look elsewhere.