March 10 / 14.25 Exeter

14.25

Good

Virgin Bet Best Odds Daily Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4752.9
  • 2m 5f 137y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Virgin Bet Best Odds Daily Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 323651 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
All wins on good or quicker ground, the latest at Wincanton last month (with cheekpieces removed); 4lb rise might not stop him following up if recent rain hasn't had adverse effect on the going.
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7th

2

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Caspers Court

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Kayley Woollacott

A four-time winner over hurdles but his form has taken a turn for the worse since back-to-back wins earlier this year.

12/1

0

4

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

12:40 Exeter

Caspers Court

11st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Kayley Woollacott

Form has suffered a marked dip since winning consecutive 2m5f hurdles (both on good) in February/March; others safer.

10/1

7th

9

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:35 Wincanton

Caspers Court

11st 5lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

prominent, slow jump 2nd

16/1

6/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: -30003

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Tailed off in three novices but different story on last month's handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m), finishing third and shaping as if a longer trip would suit; 3lb out of the weights but one of the better options.
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0

10

17th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

14:10 Southwell

Invincible De Mee

10st 5lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Tim Vaughan

Runner-up at Exeter (2m5f, good) last March on second handicap start but beaten 15l; pulled up on both runs since and others preferred.

33/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 502-86

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Maiden; second start back from a long absence when sixth at Taunton 17 days ago, never able to challenge but certainly not disgraced; possible she could take another step forward and could well be involved.
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6th

17

27th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

19:00 Taunton

Hazy Dream

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Joe Tickle

11-race maiden who has not progressed over hurdles and has been beaten 10l or more in her four completed starts in handicaps (2m-2m5f); tongue-tie is now added at this new trip but she's out of the weights again and others are preferred.

16/1

5th

10

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:45 Chepstow

Hazy Dream

10st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Joe Tickle

raced in second

12/1

6

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

13:40 Hereford

Hazy Dream

10st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Joe Tickle

0-6 over hurdles but bettered her low-key stable/handicap debut when respectable sixth at Taunton (2m3f, good) last month and ran well for a long way before weakening into third at Exeter (2m5f, good) a fortnight ago; a player if the drop back in trip suits.

5/1

33/1

Form: 64U-3P

Last run: 65 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Maiden; no joy in three chasing attempts and will need to find significant improvement back over hurdles if he's to figure.
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0

18

8th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:50 Chepstow

Demothi

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

raced wide, midfield, not fluent 5th, lost ground quickly before 3 out

25/1

8th

11

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

17:10 Newton Abbot

Demothi

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

prominent on outer, in touch with leaders 3rd

20/1

6th

8

27th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

17:00 Wincanton

Demothi

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

midfield, prominent 6th, pushed along and dropped to rear after 3 out, weakened 2 out

20/1

16/1

Form: 2-PUPP C

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Course winner (2m2f+, made all) off this mark in December 2021 and ran well twice after; no immediate aptitude for chasing in the autumn and was pulled up back hurdling in December; could bounce back but risky for now.
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5

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:20 Wetherby

Voyburg

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Well handicapped on the highs of last season and he could be a player with his stable back in better form.

10/1

5th

2

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

14:25 Exeter

Voyburg

11st 10lb

J: Kai Lenihan

T: Kim Bailey

prominent, lost ground before 5th, not fluent 6th

16/1

6

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

12:05 Huntingdon

Voyburg

11st 5lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Kim Bailey

In good form last winter, including a win in a 2m2f handicap at Exeter; three non-completions this season and, although the return to hurdling can help after chases on last two starts, others look more persuasive.

14/1

Form: 8480

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Well beaten in a bumper and three novice hurdles; improvement needed on handicap debut but application of cheekpieces could help and this is not the most competitive of contests; no surprise if he figures.
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9th

11

5th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 5

16:07 Carlisle

Dark Duomo

10st 4lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

6yo who has shown some ability but he was soundly beaten this winter on his first two chase starts, and tailed off back over hurdles last time.

25/1

9th

11

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:40 Wetherby

Dark Duomo

10st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Has shown some ability and perhaps this return to hurdling will be a positive, but he has a patchy profile and others have more obvious claims.

16/1

4th

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

15:05 Catterick

Dark Duomo

10st 10lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

towards rear but in touch with leaders, mistake 1st, not fluent 5 out, outpaced and struggling after 4 out, went remote fourth last

8/1

Form: P08040

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
0-11 in Ireland (for Gavin Cromwell, placed once) and well beaten on last month's British debut at Taunton (40-1); others more likely.
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6th

2

17th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

14:10 Southwell

Hillsin

11st 11lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Alan Jones

Remains a maiden after 17 starts and today's stable debut is his first run since last July, but he's been a good third on two of his last three starts (2m2f/2m4f, good) and has run well on soft in the past; not ruled out.

6/1

3rd

3

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:28 Worcester

Hillsin

11st 6lb

J: Dylan Kitts

T: Chris Honour

0-11 in Ireland, when trained by Gavin Cromwell, and 0-5 for Claire Harris in Britain; pulled up over C&D on final start for her but stumbled in that race and previous third of 18 at Exeter puts her chance into a better perspective; worth market watch on debut for Chris Honour.

3/1

5

27th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

19:00 Newton Abbot

Hillsin

11st 0lb

J: Dylan Kitts

T: Chris Honour

0-11 in Ireland, when trained by Gavin Cromwell, and 0-5 for Claire Harris in Britain; pulled up on final start for her at Worcester but stumbled in that race and previous third of 18 at Exeter puts his chance into a better perspective; worth watching in the market on debut for Chris Honour.

8/1

Form: -55314 C

Last run: 113 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Two of his three chase wins gained here and best on good ground; has won after a break so absence since November no concern but this will be his first start in a hurdle since the end of 2019.
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5th

6

23rd Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

17:10 Newton Abbot

Forget You Not

10st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Three-time chase winner on good/good to firm ground; seemingly back in good nick when third here (2m, good) last month and remains on a good mark but this trip may stretch him and the forecast rain is a worry.

6/1

7

16th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:35 Stratford

Forget You Not

10st 11lb

J: James Best

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Three-time chase winner on good/good to firm ground; seemingly back in good nick when third at Newton Abbot (2m, good) last month and remains on a good mark but the forecast rain is serious concern here.

7/1

3rd

5

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

16:10 Newton Abbot

Forget You Not

10st 3lb

J: James Best

T: Jackie Du Plessis

raced in second, raced in third from 9th, ridden after 4 out, kept on from 2 out

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: P-444O

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Maiden; no more than satisfactory efforts in first three starts this season but looked possible winner at Fontwell last month until running out two from home; clearly has the ability to win if behaving himself.
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3rd

6

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:50 Fontwell

West Orchard

10st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Jumped well and made all at Plumpton (near 2m4f, good to soft) in November on second start over fences; right out of form on next outings but there was a partial recovery when these cheekpieces were enlisted at Wincanton (15l second) latest, so he's considered in this weak race.

7/2

2nd

7

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

14:00 Wincanton

West Orchard

10st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

midfield

9/1

9th

6

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

15:10 Plumpton

West Orchard

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Jumped well and made all over C&D (good to soft) last month on second start over fences; obvious contender if judged on that performance but he's a bit of a character (ran out in consecutive hurdle races last season) and was pulled up after some rather sketchy jumping at Ludlow last time.

13/2

Form: 609

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Heavy defeats in three novices; pedigree suggests she could benefit from this step up in trip and yard among the winners so may show improvement on handicap debut; lot to prove but not impossible.
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11th

14

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

14:30 Catterick

Bean Norty

10st 4lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

Modest form for Tom Lacey; bought for £4,000 in August; no easy task on stable debut on return from a break.

16/1

9th

9

11th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

15:25 Huntingdon

Bean Norty

10st 12lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Niece of Dream Alliance, and two of her half-siblings have scored over 3m also (one hurdle, one point); yet to finish closer than 37l, but grounds for optimism sent beyond 2m for the first time on handicap debut.

5/1

8

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

14:25 Exeter

Bean Norty

10st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Heavy defeats in three novices; pedigree suggests she could benefit from this step up in trip and yard among the winners so may show improvement on handicap debut; lot to prove but not impossible.

11/1

Form: P97P37 D

Last run: 79 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Can be considered on his third at Ludlow two starts ago but that's his only solid piece of form in the last year; others more likely.
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(5)

11th Jul 2023

1m 1f 0y

13:10 Vaal

Black Lightning

8st 6lb

J: M Yeni

T: F P Habib

(7)

25th May 2023

0m 7f 110y

14:25 Vaal

Black Lightning

8st 4lb

J: M Yeni

T: F P Habib

(2)

6th Apr 2023

1m 0f 0y

15:40 Vaal

Black Lightning

8st 10lb

J: S Khumalo

T: F P Habib

Non-runners

Bean Norty, Black Lightning

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £50.30
Straight Forecast £43.18
Tricast £269.63
Trifecta £265.90

Selections

RP Ratings:

Caspers Court

The Times:

West Orchard

SPOTLIGHT:

Invincible De Mee

D Express:

Invincible De Mee

The Guardian:

West Orchard

Daily Mirror:

West Orchard

The Star:

West Orchard

POSTDATA:

Caspers Court

WEST COUNTRY:

Caspers Court

Telegraph:

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Daily Mail:

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The Sun:

Caspers Court

Daily Record:

Caspers Court