October 07 / 15.50 Exeter

15.50 Exeter Good To Firm

Peter King Memorial Season Opener Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3430.98
  • 2m 2f 111y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 4m 26s
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Peter King Memorial Season Opener Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £16.70
  • Place: £3.80

Form: 5237-4

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Placed in two deep-ground handicaps during the winter and may need the mud, as his subsequent form on good going reads nothing like so well; was entitled to run a lot better in maiden company the last time.
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3rd

3

7th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 3

19:20 Warwick

Guernesey

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs

4th

7

30th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 3

15:30 Market Rasen

Guernesey

11st 6lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

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6/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 30-225

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
A case can be made on a few of his runs but a bare 2m has always looked right for him and he weakened well out of the picture last time at Uttoxeter, albeit over 2m4f (good); others might see this out a bit better.
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4

11th May 2022

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 3

14:05 Newton Abbot

Get Back Get Back

11st 6lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Tricky to catch right and has been placed in seven of nine starts since his last success, in September 2020; has to be delivered late and last month's Exeter race didn't see him in the best light; should at least have a pace to aim at but not one for maximum confidence.

7/2

3rd

2

5th Apr 2022

Good To Firm

2m 0f 161y

Class 3

14:25 Exeter

Get Back Get Back

11st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Harry Fry

Knocking at the door, having finished runner-up in four of his five starts this term; off since October, presumably to wait for spring ground (raced mainly on good/faster); respected off last winning mark.

2nd

2

14th Oct 2021

Good To Firm

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

13:20 Wincanton

Get Back Get Back

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Close second to Thahab Ifraj off 5lb higher in this race last year (good to firm) and returns here after good effort in defeat at Exeter (2m2f, good to firm) a week ago; due a 1lb nudge back up the weights for the recent effort; major player.

5/1

7/1

  • Place: £4.20

Form: 72-621

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Beaten by an in-form rival at Newton Abbot and then went one better at Cartmel (2m1f, good), where only a neck to the good at the line but having travelled much the best; the second remains a maiden but the third is a solid yardstick; chance off 5lb higher.
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4th

6

11th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Worcester

First Quest

11st 5lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Neil Mulholland

Four-time hurdle winner, the last twice in early part of last season; probably doesn't have much margin for error off current mark but returned from break with very encouraging fourth at Kempton (2m, good) last month.

11/2

4th

4

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

First Quest

11st 10lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Neil Mulholland

Made all for comfortable win at Wincanton (1m7f, good) in October but managed only fourth off same mark a few days later and is now 5lb higher; will need to be in peak form to have any chance on this first start for five months.

4th

5

5th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Warwick

First Quest

11st 9lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Neil Mulholland

Won at Cartmel (2m1f, good) in August and easily made all in conditionals' handicap at Wincanton (1m7f, good) 12 days ago; has also won on good to soft; escapes a penalty for that latest win so has obvious claims today.

7/4

Form: -01433 D BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Has paid his way in these colours on the Flat and over hurdles; looking rather exposed now and experiments with longer trips (2m5f/3m2f) haven't triggered any improvement the last twice; should give his running once more but one or two others might be better treated.
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2

(7)

18th Dec 2021

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 4

17:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Celestial Force

9st 11lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Christian Williams

Fairly useful at up to 2m on the Flat in 2019; similar standard over hurdles but hasn't had to be at his best when winning Taunton seller (left Paul Nicholls after) and second in Lingfield claimer on his last two starts; others preferred back on the Flat.

2nd

1

25th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 5

13:15 Lingfield

Celestial Force

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Not at his best when landing the odds in 2m3f Taunton seller a fortnight ago on his final run for Paul Nicholls; he rates much the form pick here though on his yard debut so is hard to oppose.

1/2

1st

1

11th Nov 2021

Good To Firm

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

12:55 Taunton

Celestial Force

11st 12lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Three wins over hurdles but hasn't exactly been setting the world alight, over a variety of trips, since beating two rivals at Newton Abbot in June; should still be hard to beat now dropped to a seller.

1/3

Form: 2-111 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Won his bumper on fast ground and has made an unbeaten start over hurdles on good, making all at Stratford then Fontwell when readily accounting for a previous winner; appeals as one with plenty more to offer now handicapping.
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5th

4

7th Oct 2021

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

15:50 Exeter

Guinness Affair

11st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jamie Snowden

Won his bumper on fast ground and has made an unbeaten start over hurdles on good, making all at Stratford then Fontwell when readily accounting for a previous winner; appeals as one with plenty more to offer now handicapping.

5/2

Form: -33364

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Recent form under both codes isn't overly inspiring and neither is an overall strike-rate of 2-45; opposable.
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4

27th Oct 2021

Good To Firm

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:05 Taunton

Sufi

11st 3lb

J: Mr Tristan Durrell

T: Milton Harris

Runner-up at Wincanton on Sunday (in first-time blinkers, retained) but no match for the winner there and career record is now 2-47; longer trip could help but he may prove vulnerable for win purposes again

11/2

2nd

8

24th Oct 2021

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Sufi

10st 8lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

Claims on his fourth (not far behind Iron Mike) in a maiden here last season but hasn't progressed and was well behind First Quest at Exeter last time; poor strike-rate of 2-46; blinkers replace cheekpieces.

14/1

6th

8

7th Oct 2021

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

15:50 Exeter

Sufi

11st 0lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

Recent form under both codes isn't overly inspiring and neither is an overall strike-rate of 2-45; opposable.

20/1

Form: 782-F5

Last run: 150 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Clear second to one in form at Wetherby (2m5f, good) in April but fell mid-race next time and when nowhere a week later he was perhaps thinking about that tumble; not yet exposed and returns from a break and wind surgery; could be interesting.
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4th

3

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:38 Taunton

Major Robinson

11st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

0-13 over hurdles; travelled well for a long way when third of 18 at Wetherby (3m, good to soft; first-time visor) two runs ago and today's drop back in trip could be a good move, but others have more pressing claims.

8/1

6th

9

14th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

14:20 Plumpton

Major Robinson

10st 12lb

J: Mr Martin McIntyre

T: David Pipe

Bumper winner who is 0-12 over hurdles and after travelling well enough in this first-time headgear combination at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) he didn't find masses for pressure; will have to dig deep if he's to win this.

8/1

3rd

2

27th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:17 Wetherby

Major Robinson

11st 9lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

0-11 over hurdles and single-figure odds for eight of those so he's been expensive to follow; however, he hasn't been running badly of late and has dropped down the weights for his Devon trainer, who does well here; not ruled out with a first-time visor replacing blinkers.

9/1

Form: 12-763 CD

Last run: 87 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
His only win in 18 runs under rules was over C&D (good to firm) in April and he very nearly followed up on his return visit, off a 2lb higher mark than today's; definite chance back here under conditions that clearly suit him.
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2nd

3

3rd May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:15 Ayr

Eclair Des Sablons

11st 5lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Tristan Davidson

11th

5

14th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

12:15 Catterick

Eclair Des Sablons

11st 4lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: Tristan Davidson

Claimed out of Katy Price's stable for £6,000 after finishing second in Taunton seller last month; returns to a handicap on a good mark and Tristan Davidson tends to do well with new recruits; interesting.

5/1

2nd

3

11th Nov 2021

Good To Firm

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

12:55 Taunton

Eclair Des Sablons

11st 6lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Katy Price

Very disappointing in two starts at Exeter (his favoured track) this autumn but better when third to Secret Secret in a Stratford seller two weeks ago; should be little between the pair on these terms but more required; best when making the running.

7/1

Form: 3-1224

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Dual Flat winner over middle distances; added a 2m1f Newton Abbot novice hurdle to his haul in May (on good ground) and has probably performed to a similar sort of level subsequently; cheekpieces made no obvious difference last time and they're left off; mark looks fair without being super lenient.
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9th

3

7th Oct 2021

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

15:50 Exeter

Trailboss

11st 12lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Dual Flat winner over middle distances; added a 2m1f Newton Abbot novice hurdle to his haul in May (on good ground) and has probably performed to a similar sort of level subsequently; cheekpieces made no obvious difference last time and they're left off; mark looks fair without being super lenient.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £1181.00
Straight Forecast £895.60
Tricast £12574.40
Trifecta £17663.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

Guinness Affair

SPOTLIGHT:

Eclair Des Sablons

The Guardian:

First Quest

TOPSPEED:

Get Back Get Back

WEST COUNTRY:

Trailboss

POSTDATA:

Celestial Force

Telegraph:

Guinness Affair

Daily Express:

Guinness Affair

The Sun:

Guinness Affair

The Star:

Guinness Affair

Daily Record:

Guinness Affair

RP Ratings:

Eclair Des Sablons

The Times:

Eclair Des Sablons

Daily Mail:

First Quest

Daily Mirror:

First Quest