3.50pm Exeter Tips & Betting Preview 07/03/2017

An interesting six runner chase is the fourth race of the day at Exeter on Tuesday, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.

IN SUMMARY: With Bassarabad franking the form recently, LOWER HOPE DANDY should be too good to these and can record his first chasing success. Rated 119 over hurdles, he ran a good race on chasing debut when second at Bagnor in January and may well have been closer if not for making a blunder at two out. He should gained a lot from that run and can dispatch these for the in form Venetia Williams team, as any amount of progress from his first run should see him away and clear. Bramble Brook can chase him home if putting some poor efforts behind him.

1 LOWER HOPE DANDY – Made a promising chasing debut at Bangor on his latest start when a close second (3m, Soft) and he certainly remains with scope for progress in this sphere as a lightly raced ten year old. Today’s conditions are perfect for him and the Venetia Williams yard are flying at present, with nine winners from their last thirty-four runners. Charlie Deutsch takes off a useful 3lb and he looks likely to run a big race, as any amount of improvement from his first run should see him away and clear in this.

2 FLASHJACK – Lightly raced seven year old for Henry Daly who made a promising chase debut at Wetherby in November (3m, Soft), booked for third place when falling at the last fence. He hasn’t however built on that promise in three subsequent runs, well beaten on all three occasions. His latest fifth at Towcester when running in snatches was another poor effort and he is certainly a quirky horse and needs more if he’s to feature today. Based on his hurdling make he should have much more to give in this sphere but it’s hard to make a case for him here and others make much more appeal.

3 SAY MY NAME – 122 rated hurdler who has been very inconsistent over fences in two runs and although he was a promising third at Chepstow on chasing debut in January (2m 7f, Soft), he was very disappointing when well beaten in the Devon National here two weeks ago (3m 6f, Good to Soft). In retrospect he can be forgiven that effort and should be much happier down in trip, with his hurdling mark indicating that he can do better in this sphere. Not one to discount and deserves a second look, but those exertions eleven days ago do remain of concern.

4 UGOLIN DE BEAUMONT – Very lightly raced nine year old who has only eight rules under his belt, three of those over fences. He made a reasonably promising chase debut when fourth at Exeter against some strong competition, but failed to build on that over C&D two weeks ago, tailed off. He faces some arguably easier competition today but does have some questions to answer, seeming to lack a gear change. Impossible to rule out as he does still room for progress but others do make far more appeal in this.

5 BRAMBLE BROOK – Has something to find on hurdling form and although he made a promising chasing debut at Ffos Las in December (2m 4f, Soft) when a clear second to West Wizard, he is another who hasn’t been able to build on their good early showings. He was last seen well beaten over C&D in January, finding nothing when asked for an effort which does seem to be a trait of his. Likely to travel well into the race but whether he finds anything is anyone’s guess, and he remains risky at present.

6 QUINTO – Fair hurdler who has taken well to chasing, finishing second on both of his starts thus far. He looked outpaced on his latest start when dropped in trip at Fontwell (2m 5f, Soft) and should be much happier back at this trip, running a promising race when second here on chasing debut over C&D. One of the more sold options and shouldn’t be discounted with Harry Cobden retaining the ride, as better can be expected with conditions to suit. Interesting.

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