January 24 / 13.35 Exeter

13.35 Exeter

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  • 2m 2f 111y
  • Class 4
  • 15 runners
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Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 4-615

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Built upon promising hurdle debut when narrow winner at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft) last month; didn't get home when encountering heavy ground over that C&D four weeks ago but certainly didn't run badly, and could easily have more improvement to come in handicaps.
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7th

11

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Mount Tempest

11st 4lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

The form of his novice win at Leicester has been franked (1m7f, good to soft) and when fifth on her return he was penalised on heavy ground; not thrown in for his handicap debut but there's potential to improve some more.

7/1

5th

3

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 3

12:10 Leicester

Mount Tempest

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Sixth in a good maiden at Chepstow when perhaps in need of the run (like a few from this yard back then) and he duly improved to floor the well-backed favourite over C&D a month ago; not without hope of defying a penalty if going on the ground (all runs on good to soft).

4/1

Form: 69/635 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Seemed to find 2m7f on heavy ground too taxing here a fortnight ago but his third at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) two starts ago was a good effort and he's now 4lb lower; sports first-time cheekpieces; can't be ruled out.
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5th

3

10th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

13:00 Exeter

Kepagge

11st 12lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: David Pipe

held up in rear, headway 4 out

11/2

3rd

6

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:40 Ffos Las

Kepagge

11st 3lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Very lightly raced since winning a bumper and two small-field novice hurdles during 2019-20 season but returned from long absence with encouraging run at Sandown (2m4f, heavy) last month and has slipped to a tempting mark.

9/1

Form: 114-61 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Developed into useful Flat-racer last year and took hurdling form to new level when scoring at Leicester (1m7f, soft) last month; his tendency to race too freely is a worry but he could have a lot more to offer in this sphere.
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5th

9

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:25 Huntingdon

Aggagio

10st 9lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Can race keenly but enhanced his excellent strike-rate when holding on at Leicester (1m7f, soft) having been clear at one point; 5lb higher in a better race now (Caoilin Quinn rode last time claiming 3lb); goes on all ground.

7/2

1st

2

7th Dec 2022

Soft

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

12:10 Leicester

Aggagio

11st 13lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Won twice over hurdles in March (2m3f, good/good to soft) and has done well on the Flat since, with the latest of three wins gained in a Class 2 event in September (2m, soft); spoiled his chance by racing far too freely on recent return to hurdling but can be very dangerous off his current mark if/when he settles better.

9/4

Form: 18/UP-

Last run: 445 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Looked promising when winning two novice hurdles in autumn 2020 but failed to complete two chases in autumn 2011 and has been absent since; given another wind op (his third) in September and now reverts to hurdling; on a tempting mark but current ability is hard to gauge.
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Form: 245-2F

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Runner-up on seasonal debut at Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft) in November and was in contention for a place before penultimate-flight fall there last month; needs to find something extra here but not yet fully exposed.
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4

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:30 Plumpton

Super Duper Sam

11st 10lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Neil Mulholland

midfield, headway when not fluent and pecked on landing 3 out, soon pushed along, 5 lengths down when fell heavily 2 out

10/1

Form: 11-U43 C BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Dual hurdle winner last season (2m1f/2m) and posted good effort when placed over fences here (2m3f, heavy) on New Year's Day; switched back to hurdling on a 1lb lower mark; one to consider.
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3rd

7

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

12:20 Exeter

Hititi

11st 6lb

J: James Davies

T: Robert Walford

Progressed well to win two handicap hurdles at up to an extended 2m1f, one of them here on soft ground; ran quite a nice first race over fences at Chepstow before unseating and it was a decent Class 3 handicap in which he was found wanting there next time; that didn't quash some stamina doubts over this far but he's respected.

7/1

Form: 626

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Bettered low-key rules debut when clear second in Uttoxeter maiden (2m, good to soft) last month; failed to build on that performance at Chepstow four weeks ago but should still have potential; handicap debut today.
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6th

2

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:00 Chepstow

Ballydisco

11st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Philip Hobbs

Bettered low-key rules debut when clear second in Uttoxeter maiden (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago; contests a deeper race here and will almost certainly need to improve again but still enters calculations.

6/1

2nd

1

6th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

13:25 Uttoxeter

Ballydisco

11st 6lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Philip Hobbs

midfield, headway 3 out, went second when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, no chance with winner when mistake last, kept on

16/1

Form: 2216-2 C

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Came good over hurdles with easy win here (2m, good to soft) last season and ran very well in defeat at Taunton (2m3f, good) on latest outing in November; today's forecast soft ground may not be ideal for her, but she still features in calculations.
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1st

1

(5)

28th Jan 2023

Standard

1m 7f 218y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Tibbie Dunbar

9st 13lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Stuart Kittow

Won over 1m6f at Lingfield (turf) last spring and sharper for a comeback run on AW Flat when a good second over hurdles at Taunton (2m3f) in November; respected back on the Flat.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 212-13 C BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
3-6 since switched to handicap hurdles, the latest win gained here (2m, good to soft) in November; had to settle for third off today's mark at Plumpton (2m, soft) three weeks ago but remains open to further progress; cheekpices added today.
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3rd

2

2nd Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:30 Plumpton

Pilsdon Pen

11st 7lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Has form figures of 12121 since sent handicapping over hurdles and his latest win at Exeter (2m, good to soft) in November was after 252 days off; up another 4lb but he's open to more progress and all of his wins have come under Rex Dingle; big player.

7/2

8

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:30 Plumpton

Pilsdon Pen

11st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Made good progress towards end of last season (two wins) and added to his tally when back in action at Exeter (2m, good to soft; also has form on soft) last month; today's longer trip won't be a problem and he might still be improving; respected.

7/1

Form: 4114-P

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Won two juvenile hurdles in summer 2021 (good/good to firm) but, following a long absence, struggled on last month's handicap debut; not the obvious answer here.
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4

30th Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:45 Taunton

Scrappy Jack

11st 12lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Bill Turner

Won a couple of juvenile hurdles (good and good to firm) but he's been absent 494 days and doesn't look on that good a mark.

10/1

Form: 52-342

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Triple hurdle winner who made pleasing return from seven-month absence when clear second here (2m, heavy) a fortnight ago; remains on a good mark and today's longer trip won't be a problem; shortlisted.
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2nd

7

10th Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:45 Exeter

Global Agreement

10st 10lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

Exposed 6yo who hasn't been seen since below his best at Cartmel in the summer; however, he has gained all three wins on soft/heavy ground, he's on a handy mark and has won after a similar absence in the past; wouldn't be ruling him out.

12/1

Form: 5313 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Ex-French 4yo who caused 22-1 surprise when winning by 7l against own age-group on last month's British debut at Fontwell (2m1f, good); managed only third when favourite at Wetherby (2m, soft) just after Christmas but still ran well there; makes handicap debut today and he still has potential.
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2nd

10

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:25 Hereford

Jilaijone

11st 0lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Sprung a 22-1 surprise on his British debut at Fontwell last month (2m1f, good); similar form when third at Wetherby five weeks ago, a bad mistake two out not helping his cause; improvement required now handicapping.

8/1

Form: 443

Last run: 160 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Kept on well for modest third on handicap debut at Worcester (2m7f, good) in August and remains lightly raced but we haven't seen him again since and he's up in grade today.
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Form: 152P6/ D

Last run: 686 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Seemed to have quite a bit left in the tank when winning off today's mark on handicap hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) in November 2020 but didn't kick on from that success and has been absent since two disappointing Flat runs in Summer 2021.
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No Results Found

Form: 528

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Fair Flat-racer who was second in what turned out to be a gruelling juvenile hurdle at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; found Grade 2 Finale too hot four weeks ago but is back in calmer waters for today's handicap hurdle debut.
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8th

5

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 1

13:40 Chepstow

Havaila

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Milton Harris

0-4 on Flat for Sir Michael Stoute and inferior to some of these in that scene; settled better at Sandown (soft) and duly improved to finish second, yet the form is some way short of that achieved by some of his rivals; cheekpieces now reached for.

40/1

2nd

3

2nd Dec 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

13:10 Sandown

Havaila

11st 2lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

0-4 on Flat for Sir Michael Stoute but he recorded an RPR in the high 70s on three occasions; beaten out of sight after racing freely on hurdling debut at Fontwell (2m1f, good; 16-5) last month; needs to up his game.

14/1

Verdict

His tendency to race too freely remains a nagging concern but AGGAGIO was always fending off the clear runner-up at Leicester last month and, in view of the progress he made on the Flat last year, could still be on a very good mark over hurdles. He gets the nod but this is competitive for the grade and good cases can also be made for, among others, Global Agreement (second choice), Hititi and Pilsdon Pen.[Chris Wilson]