Today’s top selections from the press and media, features a trio of runners at Exeter, along with entries at Lingfield and Newcastle. Check them out below, alongside an exclusive QuinnBet sign-up offer of Up To £25 As A Free Bet + 10 free Spins
1: HITMAN (1:55pm Exeter) (8 votes)
Two wins in five carer starts for Paul Nicholls’s charge, with the last fo those coming back in March, at Newbury (2m 3f, good), in a three runner novices chase. However, it was his performance at Aintree (2m 3f, good to soft) that stood out, in his final run of last season, when third in the Grade 1 – Manifesto Chase, 4 lengths adrift of winner, Protektorat. Comes in to make seasonal debut and his first run since a wind op, with Harry Cobden’s ride, clear favourite for the Haldon Hold Cup this afternoon.
(Daily Post, Mercury. Norwich Evening News, Steve Marriott. Racing Post, RP Ratings. Racing Post, West Country. Racing TV, The Score. Sheffield Star, Fortunatus. Yorkshire Evening Post, Lee Sobot. myracing.com).
2: BOB MAHLER (2:55pm Exeter) 2 votes)
Since a third in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival (3m 2f, soft), back in March 2020, this Warren Greatrex runner has struggled for form, with a record of PPP3B49- last season. A third at Musselburgh (4m, soft) offered some hopes of revitalisation, before dropping off once again since. He comes in off a very attractive mark, while Caoilian Quinn claims a further 7lbs, however it’s difficult to know what to expect with recent form in its current state. He makes seasonal debut here and has a first run since a third wind op back in July, with each-way appeal, the more realistic option.
(Liverpool Echo, Chris Wright. Racing Post, Lambourn)
3: FAIR AND SQUARE (3:05pm Lingfield) (2 votes)
Seven race maiden, who showed promise, when placing on debut at Windsor (5f, good to firm) back in April as a 16/1 shot, finishing 1.5 lengths behind favourite, Spring is Sprung. Five subsequent runs didn’t really show any improvement, despite reasonable efforts, before finally grabbing another placed finish at Wolverhampton (5f, a/w), twelve days ago, when 1.5 lengths adrift of winner, Purple Bling. Looks capable of building upon that here, especially when coming in off the same mark and looks to be the main threat to favourite, Shamlaan.
(Daily Telegraph, Marlborough. attheraces.com, Lawrence Taylor)
4: POGO I AM (3:25pm Exeter) (2 votes)
Useful Harry Fry runner, who picked up their sole win at Stratford (2m, good) some sixteen months ago. The mare has since placed twice, including last time out at Warwick (2m, good) in a Class 4 contest, finishing 5 lengths off winner, Found On. Her jumping can be a little erratic, but it’s hoped she can build upon that seasonal debut today. Lorcan Murtagh continues the 3lbs claim and today’s longer trip (2m 5f), could see them improve on that previous result.
(Racing Post, Postdata. Sunday Telegraph, Whistler)
5: MISS CONNAISSEUR (6:30pm Newcastle) (2 votes)
Improving Ruth Carr runner, who has had all four runs at Newcastle so far. After some relatively unspectacular performances in the opening three starts, the filly took a big step forward, when fourth of eight in a Class 5 contest, a week ago (6f, a/w), finishing just 1.75 lengths adrift of the winner. She comes into today’s handicap debut, off a low, low mark and drops down to Class 6 level, with genuine chances, if able to build off that latest run. Interesting claims here, with a victory offering plenty of potential.
(Sky Sports Racing, Alex Hammond. The Times, Rob Wright)
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