March 10 / 16.10 Exeter

16.10

Good

Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4752.9
  • 2m 7f 25y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.60
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 6-3212 BF

Last run: 91 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Made the most of a good opening to win at Huntingdon in November (made all) and beaten by a subsequent winner on handicap debut the following month; not seen since but stays well and possibly still capable of better.
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4th

2

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

15:50 Huntingdon

Armchair Farmer

11st 12lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

led, hit 5th, went clear 6th, much reduced lead 8th, ridden and headed before 2 out, hung right and weakened run-in, lost two places towards finish

5/2

2nd

1

17th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

16:00 Doncaster

Armchair Farmer

12st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won a three-runner maiden at Huntingdon (3m1f, good) in November and showed improved form when easily winning on his handicap debut at Exeter (2m7f, good) last Friday; he's well treated under a 7lb penalty and should be tough to beat if conditions suit (unproven on ground slower than good).

15/8

1st

3

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Armchair Farmer

11st 11lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

prominent, led after 1st, clear when hit 8th, went further clear before 9th

4/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 33 BF

Last run: 93 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Irish point winner and produced two very solid efforts in novice hurdles (2m4f+) at the end of last year; opening handicap mark doesn't look punitive and could make his presence felt if ready after three months off.
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7th

13

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Scamallach Liath

10st 8lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Progressive 2212 record in handicap hurdles; scored in gritty fashion at Ascot (nearly 3m1f) in November and put up another most tenacious performance when beaten a head, having made most, over an extended 2m7f there (again on good; probably acts on soft) one month later; up another 5lb but surely won't go down without a fight.

7/1

2nd

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

12:40 Ascot

Scamallach Liath

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Progressive 221 record in handicap hurdles, well-backed favourite when winning a nine-runner race in gritty fashion here (nearly 3m1f, good) on reappearance four weeks ago; probably acts on soft; up 6lb but may continue with his improvement.

11/4

1st

2

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 4

15:45 Ascot

Scamallach Liath

11st 12lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Runner-up in both handicap hurdles for Oliver Sherwood, the latest behind a progressive rival here in April (2m7f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces, now discarded); retains potential off this 3lb higher mark having moved with former trainer to Harry Derham.

11/4

6/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 3-211P CD

Last run: 69 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
C&D and Ludlow winner in November and soft ground probably to blame when pulled up at Warwick next time; no surprise to see him return to form with regular partner Elizabeth Gale still able to claim 10lb.
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4th

5

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:58 Hereford

Langley Hundred

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Dual hurdle winner in November 2022 (2m7f/3m); made a pretty good start to chasing career when second at Ludlow (3m1f, good to soft) last November but well below that form over C&D three weeks later; below form on worse than good to soft.

5/1

5th

3

29th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Langley Hundred

11st 10lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Two wins over hurdles last November; made a satisfactory chase debut at Ludlow (3m1f, good to soft; back from break) three weeks ago, finishing second under regular rider Elizabeth Gale; should build on that effort; respected off same mark.

4/1

Form: 011111

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Completed a five-timer (all at around 2m4f) with a narrow but decisive Huntingdon win 15 days ago; tends not to do more than necessary and, while a new trip on a stiff course asks another question of him, he may well prove up to the task.
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0

8

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Six wins between November 2022 and May 2023 included one over C&D (good); back to within 1lb of the final winning mark in that sequence, but too far below par the last four times to expect him to capitalise.

16/1

0

5

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:48 Hereford

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Between November of last year and this May he won six times in seven starts (2m3f-2m4f); however, shot up the weights as a consequence and he's beaten only one finisher in his last three appearances; has stamina to prove.

12/1

Form: 5-3U34

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Chase winner; no more than reasonable efforts over fences this season and now makes her first start over hurdles since February 2021.
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5th

10

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

14:45 Exeter

Kingsmill Gin

10st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Returned to form to win by 6l over C&D last April but absent since unseating rider at Chepstow 17 days later and will probably find younger rivals better handicapped today; seems versatile regarding ground.

16/1

6

28th Apr 2023

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

17:20 Chepstow

Kingsmill Gin

11st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Second win (21 starts) came on latest outing when always prominent to win by 6l in nine-runner race at Exeter (3m, good to soft) 17 days ago; back up 6lb, which would look difficult in most circumstances but she has a lot more creditable form this season than most of today's rivals.

5/1

1st

11

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

15:15 Exeter

Kingsmill Gin

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Has only won once and she needs to sharpen up her act after below-par runs over hurdles and fences here on her last two starts; others preferred.

16/1

Form: 272-P5

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Narrowly beaten in a Wetherby maiden event a year ago but hasn't cut much ice in two handicaps this season, the latest in a tongue-strap.
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6th

6

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Jens Georgie

11st 1lb

J: Danny Burton

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, not fluent 6th, headway before 8th, pushed along and got behind after 9th

20/1

5th

6

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

13:10 Sandown

Jens Georgie

10st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

raced in last, not fluent 4th, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened

25/1

2

24th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:28 Kelso

Jens Georgie

11st 10lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Unexposed sort whose best effort came over 2m5f on heavy at Wetherby when last seen in early March; raised 6lb but may be capable of better this season.

3/1

Form: P0-222

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Maiden; knocking on the door in recent starts and looked likely to win at Warwick two weeks ago (3m2f), only to succumb late on; this trip could prove ideal and likely to be in the shake-up again.
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7

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:00 Hereford

Seymour Promise

10st 6lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Put some poor performances behind him when second of six at Wincanton (3m1f, heavy) last month and ought to be better suited by the forecast faster ground here but his career strike-rate is 0-19 now and others have more appealing profiles.

7/1

2nd

6

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

15:50 Wincanton

Seymour Promise

10st 4lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up over hurdles and fences but remains a maiden (0-18) and he had a bit of a shocker behind Percy Veering at Exeter last month.

10/1

0

7

13th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

12:50 Exeter

Seymour Promise

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up at up to 3m2f three times in a row over hurdles last winter and also in a four-runner chase in June, all in headgear, but out of form in both spheres on last three starts and record now stands at 0-17; had wind surgery before latest outing; well beaten (bumper) sole start on soft.

16/1

Form: -P36PP

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Maiden; no great promise on last month's stable debut at Taunton; cheekpieces return but others look far more obvious.
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5

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Sams The Man

11st 1lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Alexandra Dunn

in rear, shaken up before 4th, not fluent 7th, pushed along and got well behind before 8th, pulled up back straight

40/1

2

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Sams The Man

12st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Alexandra Dunn

Maiden; not badly treated on 2m7f handicap form in November but that was his best effort by some way this winter; pulled up over fences on final start for Katy Price and risky for new yard with cheekpieces discarded.

16/1

5

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Sams The Man

11st 9lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Katy Price

Inconsistent maiden over hurdles and doesn't look straightforward; best effort this season when third at Chepstow (2m7f) on penultimate run; chance largely depends on how well he takes to fences.

9/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £21.70
Straight Forecast £18.17
Tricast £85.57
Trifecta £105.10

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Blue Shark

Daily Mirror:

Armchair Farmer

Daily Mail:

Langley Hundred

POSTDATA:

Seymour Promise

The Times:

Scamallach Liath

TOPSPEED:

Sam's The Man

RP Ratings:

Blue Shark

WEST COUNTRY:

Blue Shark

Telegraph:

Blue Shark

D Express:

Blue Shark

The Sun:

Blue Shark

Daily Record:

Armchair Farmer

The Star:

Langley Hundred

The Guardian:

Seymour Promise