April 19 / 19.00 Exeter

19.00

Good To Soft

Heavitree Brewery Novices’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 1f 109y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Heavitree Brewery Novices’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 073

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Improved on his hurdle debut effort when seventh at Taunton (2m3f, good) in February, before making the frame at Plumpton (2m, soft) later that month; open to improvement now going chasing and looks interesting from a workable mark; tongue-tie goes on.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

26th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:14 Fontwell

Hidalgo Des Bordes

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Made an impressive winning chase debut at Exeter (2m2f, good; first-time tongue-tie) last month but disappointed under a 7lb penalty at Warwick (2m, good; 4-5) six days later; perhaps the race came too soon (he reportedly made a respiratory noise) and he is shortlisted, despite another 6lb rise, if back on song.

7/2

3rd

1

26th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:14 Fontwell

Hidalgo Des Bordes

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Made an impressive winning chase debut at Exeter (2m2f, good; first-time tongue-tie) last month but disappointed under a 7lb penalty at Warwick (2m, good; 4-5) six days later; perhaps the race came too soon (he reportedly made a respiratory noise) and he is shortlisted, despite another 6lb rise, if back on song.

7/2

7th

6

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Hidalgo Des Bordes

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Warren Greatrex

Lightly raced 7yo who found plenty of improvement with tongue-tie added on chase debut when an easy winner at Exeter (2m1f, good) last Friday; 6lb well in under a penalty for that success and he should be hard to beat in his bid to make it 2-2 in this sphere.

15/8

9/4

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 2-07PF

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Best hurdling effort came on good ground last spring (1m7f, first-time hood) and he shaped well back on a sound surface on his 2m Huntingdon chase debut last month, upsides under hand riding when falling at the last; capable of winning a handicap chase off a mark in the 90s on that evidence.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

5

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Dunstall Rambler

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

midfield, dropped to rear after 3rd, hit 6th, outpaced from 3 out

11/4

7th

5

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Dunstall Rambler

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

midfield, dropped to rear after 3rd, hit 6th, outpaced from 3 out

11/4

2nd

1

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Dunstall Rambler

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Best hurdling effort came on good ground last spring (1m7f, first-time hood) and he shaped well back on a sound surface on his 2m Huntingdon chase debut last month, upsides under hand riding when falling at the last; capable of winning a handicap chase off a mark in the 90s on that evidence.

9/4

6/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 5/7-P5

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Placed in a soft ground bumper; showed some ability over hurdles without going close to winning; weakened out of it on his recent chase debut at Hereford (2m, soft); blinkers go on.
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Verdict Starting price

6

7th Jun 2024

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

16:20 Market Rasen

Hooky Street

10st 13lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

Placed at Exeter (2m1f, good) in April on his second start over fences but he's struggled in both runs since; now drops back in trip but overall record stands at 0-13 and others are preferred; tongue-tie added.

12/1

6th

4

16th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

18:10 Fontwell

Hooky Street

11st 5lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

led, headed 7th, led again 8th, headed before 3 out, soon weakened

9/1

6th

4

16th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

18:10 Fontwell

Hooky Street

11st 5lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

Placed in a bumper and also over fences, the latter coming at Exeter (2m1f, good; first-time blinkers) on his penultimate start; weakened quickly when pulled up at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft) latest; return to further could help him be more competitive.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: -P7544

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
2m3f hurdle winner (good to soft) last spring; well-held fourth here latest but could give him a chance based on his Hereford fourth prior to that; not ruled out in first-time cheekpieces.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

7

30th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

18:10 Warwick

Samtara

11st 4lb

J: Mr Freddie Keighley

T: Martin Keighley

Not the best of strike-rates but sound run when second over fences at Huntingdon last time (2m7f, good); well handicapped at present; a possible back hurdling.

10/1

2nd

2

9th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:00 Huntingdon

Samtara

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, prominent before 14th

3/1

2nd

2

9th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:00 Huntingdon

Samtara

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, prominent before 14th

3/1

Form: 77PP

Last run: 111 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Irish point runner up who is hard to make a strong case for based on his form under rules so far.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

3

12th Jun 2024

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:43 Fontwell

Hellstopatthetop

11st 4lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

prominent, hit 6th, pressed leaders when not fluent 2 out, soon outpaced, weakened run-in

2/1

5

26th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 5

16:25 Fontwell

Hellstopatthetop

11st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

in touch with leaders, pushed along briefly before 13th

6/1

Form: 383/6F D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
2m hurdle winner (soft); if transferring his ability from that sphere to this, he looks well treated; could have been forgiven for needing his hurdles outing in January after a long layoff but needs confidence restoring after a heavy fall on his chase debut.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

11th Jun 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

15:15 Southwell

Man Of Light

10st 11lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, mistake 8th

10/1

Form: 3P-34P

Last run: 73 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Second in an Irish point; moderate form over fences and pulled up at Taunton (2m2f, good) latest; not easy to fancy from 3lb out of weights.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

13

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Etincelle Artiste

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Fiona Shaw

Second in an Irish point; moderate form over fences and pulled up at Taunton (2m2f, good) latest; not easy to fancy from 3lb out of weights.

28/1

Form: -P8447

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
2m3f hurdle winner (good); best two chase efforts came last spring, including when placed over C&D (good); well treated on that form but not on anything she has shown since.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

10

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Poets Reflection

10st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Linda Blackford

2m3f hurdle winner (good); best two chase efforts came last spring, including when placed over C&D (good); well treated on that form but not on anything she has shown since.

20/1

8th

10

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Poets Reflection

10st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Linda Blackford

2m3f hurdle winner (good); best two chase efforts came last spring, including when placed over C&D (good); well treated on that form but not on anything she has shown since.

20/1

7th

9

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Poets Reflection

10st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Linda Blackford

1-17 over hurdles and 0-5 as a chaser, with her best effort in this discipline her first when third at Exeter last April; needs a revival but drying conditions are in her favour.

14/1

Form: 0-758

Last run: 86 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Hasn't shown much in a bumper and three hurdles at up to 2m5f; cheekpieces now added to tongue-tie for chase debut; in good hands and on a workable mark but need to see more from him.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

10

15th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

17:05 Ffos Las

Grand Escaparde

10st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Always behind when switched to fences and fitted with cheekpieces for handicap debut at Exeter (2m1f, good) last month; not bred to benefit from today's hike up in trip and clearly needs to take a big step forward but he represents a respected stable and remains very unexposed.

14/1

3rd

10

15th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

17:05 Ffos Las

Grand Escaparde

10st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Always behind when switched to fences and fitted with cheekpieces for handicap debut at Exeter (2m1f, good) last month; not bred to benefit from today's hike up in trip and clearly needs to take a big step forward but he represents a respected stable and remains very unexposed.

14/1

9th

9

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Grand Escaparde

10st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Hasn't shown much in a bumper and three hurdles at up to 2m5f; cheekpieces now added to tongue-tie for chase debut; in good hands and on a workable mark but need to see more from him.

12/1

Form: P-907P

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Has shown precious little since being third in a Newton Abbot maiden hurdle (2m2f, good) three years ago; pulled up on chase debut.
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Verdict Starting price

7

29th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

15:28 Newton Abbot

Mr Sociable

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Chris Down

Little in the way of worthwhile form since finishing second in a maiden hurdle here more than three years ago (chasing the last twice); 5lb out of the weights.

16/1

10th

12

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Mr Sociable

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Chris Down

Has shown precious little since being third in a Newton Abbot maiden hurdle (2m2f, good) three years ago; pulled up on chase debut.

40/1

10th

12

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Mr Sociable

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Chris Down

Has shown precious little since being third in a Newton Abbot maiden hurdle (2m2f, good) three years ago; pulled up on chase debut.

40/1

Form: 4/0P27

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Not devoid of ability in three starts for Dan Skelton; cause for optimism from his second chase start, when second at Ludlow (2m, soft) in February; below that level at Taunton (2m, soft) since but if you can forgive that he could be competitive now 2lb lower.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

8

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Lustleigh

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Polly Gundry

Not devoid of ability in three starts for Dan Skelton; cause for optimism from his second chase start, when second at Ludlow (2m, soft) in February; below that level at Taunton (2m, soft) since but if you can forgive that he could be competitive now 2lb lower.

7/1

11th

8

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Lustleigh

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Polly Gundry

Not devoid of ability in three starts for Dan Skelton; cause for optimism from his second chase start, when second at Ludlow (2m, soft) in February; below that level at Taunton (2m, soft) since but if you can forgive that he could be competitive now 2lb lower.

7/1

7th

8

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:40 Taunton

Lustleigh

10st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Polly Gundry

towards rear, not fluent 1st, some headway 4 out, weakened 3 out

6/1

Non-runners

Play By The Rules, Pencil, Mawlood

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £32.70
Straight Forecast £50.02
Tricast £436.12
Trifecta £203.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dunstall Rambler

The Times:

Hidalgo Des Bordes

POSTDATA:

Hooky Street

RP RATINGS:

Lustleigh

WEST COUNTRY:

Dunstall Rambler

The Guardian:

Dunstall Rambler

Daily Mail:

Dunstall Rambler

D Express:

Dunstall Rambler

The Star:

Hidalgo Des Bordes

Daily Record:

Hidalgo Des Bordes

Telegraph:

Hooky Street

Daily Mirror:

Lustleigh