Thursday’s race of the day – Tips for the feature Handicap Chase at Exeter

Devon National tips. Runner-by-runner guide to Exeter's Friday feature race.Devon National tips. Runner-by-runner guide to Exeter's Friday feature race.

Jon Vine takes a look through the runners set to contest the 3:20pm Handicap Chase at Exeter and provides readers with his tips in the Wednesday’s race of the day.

As part of our Daily Tips service, I’ve taken a look through the runners in Wednesday’s race of the day at Exeter and tipped an improving five-year-old to get the win.

Wednesday’s Race Of The Day


Finished third behind Apple’s Shakira in France and won sole start in a three-year-old chase. Struggled a little in novice hurdles last season, but it two-from-two since switching to fences, winning well on debut before a 14-length triumph at Wetherby. More to come from this improving sort.

Fort Gabriel

The least fancied of the four, having fallen to a 35-length defeat when last seen at Bangor in the summer. Beat the useful Aunty Ann by 13 lengths before a five-length defeat to Cabaret Queen, who’s now with Willie Mullins and ran in the Ladbrokes Trophy. Clearly has ability, but this trip will be too sharp and heavy ground is a completely unknown.

Robbie Power rides Johnbb again at Exeter tomorrow.


Finished a close third to Birchdale on novice hurdles bow last December, before claiming a narrow victory at Ayr. Beaten 12-lengths in a deep novice chase at Aintree on reappearance, but won nicely under Robbie Power on second start at Sandown. Deserved favourite with the in-form Power back int he saddle.

Just Don’t Ask

The most experienced chaser of the leading trio, having won one of five starts over larger obstacles. Finished third on both starts this term, running up to an RPR of 131 on both occasions. Both hurdles victories came on heavy ground, so conditions should suit.


Just Don’t Ask shouldn’t be overlooked lightly, but I’m not sure he has the class of the two ahead of him in the betting. Johnbb is open to further progression over fences. However, I feel that the trip and the ground push the ball into ECEPARTI’S court.

Venetia Williams’ watched her charge claim two victories within a week last month, scoring an impressive 12-length triumph on soft ground at Wetherby. Like many of Williams’ chasers, he will be perfectly suited by the soft gorund conditions and I’m not sure an 11-pound rise in the weights will be enough to deny Eceparti a hat-trick.