February 02 / 15.40 Exeter

15.40 Exeter

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6753.04
  • 2m 3f 48y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 4m 58s
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Virgin Bet Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.50
  • Place: £2.90

Form: 9-9733

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Longstanding maiden; has taken reasonably well to chasing, third over 2m at Ludlow and Hereford in November; just as effective at 2m4f and may make the frame again.
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2

20th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:45 Chepstow

Judex Lefou

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

In good form over fences, winning with authority back up in trip at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) before running well under a penalty at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft) last month; up a further 4lb but has solid claims.

9/4

11

11th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:30 Kempton

Judex Lefou

10st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won easily at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) last Wednesday on his third chase start, getting off the mark at the 21st attempt, and solid second under a 7lb penalty over fences at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft) yesterday; reverts to hurdles off the same mark as at Exeter and he showed promise in this sphere when trained in Ireland; obvious claims if his good form continues.

3/1

2nd

6

10th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

14:35 Huntingdon

Judex Lefou

11st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Opened his account with a 13l success at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) eight days ago when back from a ten-week break and having only his third attempt over fences; open to further progress in this sphere and commands respect under 7lb penalty; future mark 4lb higher.

10/11

11/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 22-33P

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
0-7 under rules; has not matched his hurdles form over fences and he was pulled up at Plumpton early in January; sliding in the weights but on the back burner for now.
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1st

3

16th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 4

13:37 Newton Abbot

Morfee

11st 10lb

J: James Best

T: Seamus Mullins

1st

4

21st Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:05 Plumpton

Morfee

11st 6lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

0-9 but he has shown promise, runner-up in two of his three hurdle starts and second in an Exeter handicap chase last month; was in the process of running a big race back at Exeter ten days ago when coming to grief two out; conditions were very testing there though and this quick turnaround isn't an obvious positive; stamina unproven ahead of handicap hurdle debut.

5/2

10

11th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:05 Exeter

Morfee

11st 4lb

J: James Best

T: Seamus Mullins

A maiden after eight starts but bumped into a rejuvenated rival when second over C&D (good to soft) last month and has strong each-way claims if in similar form again.

6/1

20/1

  • Place: £8.80

Form: 14-5FP D

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Successful debut for this yard over 2m4f at Uttoxeter (good to soft, first-time blinkers) last March but he has not repeated the form, running badly at Wincanton when last seen in December; questions to answer now.
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3

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:27 Chepstow

Rosmuc Relay

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Tom Lacey

Beat Discko Des Plages by 5l on stable debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft; first-time blinkers) just over a year ago but generally very disappointing since; wore cheekpieces on last two appearances; visor given another go here; needs to up his game.

10/1

8th

4

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:38 Taunton

Rosmuc Relay

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Returned from break with two non-completions towards end of last year but steadied the ship with respectable third at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) last month; needs to build on that recent effort but has become well handicapped and is unexposed over this sort of trip.

8/1

3rd

1

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

15:40 Exeter

Rosmuc Relay

11st 12lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Successful debut for this yard over 2m4f at Uttoxeter (good to soft, first-time blinkers) last March but he has not repeated the form, running badly at Wincanton when last seen in December; questions to answer now.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: -27211 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
0-9 over hurdles but he's taken very well to chasing, winning at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft; from Ambion Hill) in December and Hereford (2m5f, good to soft; by 8l) in January; shooting up the weights but may not have reached his ceiling yet.
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5

16th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

14:55 Ffos Las

Jobesgreen Lad

11st 1lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Struck form and won two chases during the winter (2m4f/2m5f, good to soft); safely held on last two outings (made two notable jumping errors last time) but might have untapped potential over today's longer trip.

9/2

3rd

2

10th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

14:23 Stratford

Jobesgreen Lad

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Won two in a row this winter (2m4f/2m5f, good to soft) and, having gone up the weights, he was only fourth behind an easy winner at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) last time; however, that was still a sound performance and he's entitled to respect this afternoon; also effective on good ground.

7/4

4th

3

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

15:40 Exeter

Jobesgreen Lad

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

0-9 over hurdles but he's taken very well to chasing, winning at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft; from Ambion Hill) in December and Hereford (2m5f, good to soft; by 8l) in January; shooting up the weights but may not have reached his ceiling yet.

3/1

Form: 532/26

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 3lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Veteran with a 0-15 record over fences; beaten out of sight by Jobesgreen Lad at Hereford last time and hard to fancy even on these revised terms.
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5th

8

21st Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

19:30 Newton Abbot

Broughtons Rhythm

10st 3lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Laura Hurley

Bumper/hurdle winner but 0-18 as a chaser; only three ran when runner-up in his recent point and he's 13 now.

16/1

5th

7

30th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

14:45 Wincanton

Broughtons Rhythm

10st 7lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Laura Hurley

Teenager who was tailed off over C&D (soft) four weeks ago and is now 0-17 over fences; on a tempting mark now and this switch back to good ground will suit but younger rivals have more persuasive profiles.

14/1

7th

7

2nd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

15:40 Wincanton

Broughtons Rhythm

11st 0lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Laura Hurley

Veteran with a 0-16 record (seven times runner-up) over fences; second of five over 2m4f here in December was clearly the best of his three starts this winter; way down the weights and his recent hood is removed.

20/1

20/1

Form: 8PP-4F

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Decidedly in and out in his short career to date; not disgraced when fourth of 12 in handicap hurdle at Leicester (2m4f, good to soft) on reappearance; in touch when falling three out on chasing debut last time; not discounted but others have more appealing profiles.
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5th

8

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

14:35 Chepstow

Furkash

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Colin Tizzard

2nd

1

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

16:15 Taunton

Furkash

11st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Fell on last month's chasing debut and dropped out of contention rather tamely at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) three weeks ago but has been given a chance by the handicapper here and remains lightly raced; can do better.

10/1

6th

2

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

15:40 Exeter

Furkash

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Colin Tizzard

Decidedly in and out in his short career to date; not disgraced when fourth of 12 in handicap hurdle at Leicester (2m4f, good to soft) on reappearance; in touch when falling three out on chasing debut last time; not discounted but others have more appealing profiles.

20/1

Form: 301-24 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Relatively low-mileage 7yo; made the frame in big-field handicap hurdles at Chepstow (2m3f) and Uttoxeter (2m6f) last two starts; bred to be at least as good over fences, and an interesting contender on today's chasing debut for an in-form yard.
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5th

6

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:38 Taunton

Wavering Down

11st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Placed in big-field handicap hurdles on first two starts this season (2m3f/2m6f) and last month's 33l defeat on chasing debut shouldn't be viewed harshly, given he was badly hampered in the early stages; sports cheekpieces and moves up in trip today; could still have a good future over fences.

7/1

7th

4

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

15:40 Exeter

Wavering Down

11st 6lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Relatively low-mileage 7yo; made the frame in big-field handicap hurdles at Chepstow (2m3f) and Uttoxeter (2m6f) last two starts; bred to be at least as good over fences, and an interesting contender on today's chasing debut for an in-form yard.

9/2

4th

5

17th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 6f 45y

Class 5

14:00 Uttoxeter

Wavering Down

11st 11lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Came good at Chepstow (2m3f, good) in March, his sixth start over hurdles, and made pleasing seasonal reappearance when second in another big-field handicap over that C&D in October; moves up in trip today and could easily have more to offer; respected.

5/1

Form: PP635P D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Won at Market Rasen (2m5f, good to soft) last June but he's been disappointing since, pulled up at Chepstow last month; now fully 14lb lower than for that last success but he has quite a lot to prove.
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1

25th Jul 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

15:00 Newton Abbot

Lord Bryan

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

jumped right on occasions, led, jumped right and bumped rival 10th, jumped right and reminders 12th, headed and lost ground quickly 16th, tailed off when pulled up 2 out

9/2

4

4th Jul 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

13:35 Worcester

Lord Bryan

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

prominent, reminders when lost position after 11th, soon behind, pulled up before 4 out

7/2

3rd

6

11th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:30 Worcester

Lord Bryan

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

held up in rear, headway and went third 4th, went second 9th, went clear with winner after 4 out, soon ridden, 2 lengths down when not fluent last, kept on

7/1

Form: 433-42

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
0-14 under rules but he made an encouraging chasing debut when second of 12 to Jobesgreen Lad at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) in December, never far away and jumping soundly in the main; meets the winner on 15lb better terms here and has a fair chance of turning the tables.
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2nd

1

21st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 5

13:45 Wincanton

Ambion Hill

11st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Placed in two of his three chases; didn't quite see out 2m4f on heavy ground when third at Warwick last month but still ran well there; can cope with today's drop back in trip and ought to make his presence felt again.

3/1

3rd

5

25th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

13:55 Warwick

Ambion Hill

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

0-14 under rules but he made an encouraging chasing debut when second of 12 at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) in December, never far away; fell at the second when favourite at Exeter three weeks ago; remains unexposed over fences and high on the list.

11/4

7

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

15:40 Exeter

Ambion Hill

11st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

0-14 under rules but he made an encouraging chasing debut when second of 12 to Jobesgreen Lad at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) in December, never far away and jumping soundly in the main; meets the winner on 15lb better terms here and has a fair chance of turning the tables.

3/1

Form: 90-772

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Changed hands for £160,000 after finishing second in a point but showed only modest form in four runs over hurdles; last month's second of six on chasing debut at Musselburgh (2m4f, good to soft; made running) was more promising, however, and if he builds on that he should be thereabouts.
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8

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

15:40 Exeter

Carry On The Magic

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Changed hands for £160,000 after finishing second in a point but showed only modest form in four runs over hurdles; last month's second of six on chasing debut at Musselburgh (2m4f, good to soft; made running) was more promising, however, and if he builds on that he should be thereabouts.

11/2

2nd

6

1st Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 4

13:05 Musselburgh

Carry On The Magic

10st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Well beaten on his four hurdle starts but ran well until fading on handicap debut at Taunton, when upped to 3m; this very lightly raced 8yo is in top hands and, having been second in his sole point (soft), could be a different proposition now switched to fences and dropped back in trip.

5/2

7th

4

9th Dec 2021

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:40 Taunton

Carry On The Magic

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Second to now-useful rival on Irish point debut in 2018; returned from long absence with three low-key maiden hurdle runs this year (2m-2m4f) but moves up in trip and has a tongue-tie fitted on today's handicap debut; no surprise if he takes a big step forward.

9/2

Form: -95553 BF

Last run: 85 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
All-the-way winner at Taunton (2m7f, good to firm) last April and he ran respectably in blinkers (now removed) when third at Hereford (3m1f) in November, but he returns from wind surgery over a trip arguably short of his best.
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9

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

15:40 Exeter

Legend Of Zorro

10st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Chris Honour

All-the-way winner at Taunton (2m7f, good to firm) last April and he ran respectably in blinkers (now removed) when third at Hereford (3m1f) in November, but he returns from wind surgery over a trip arguably short of his best.

10/1

8

4th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

14:50 Hereford

Legend Of Zorro

11st 6lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Chris Honour

All-the-way winner off this mark at Taunton (2m7f, good to firm) last April; hasn't really gone on from there and, having tried blinkers last time, he now returns from wind surgery; others safer.

12/1

3rd

4

9th Nov 2021

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

13:22 Hereford

Legend Of Zorro

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Chris Honour

Made all off 1lb lower on stable debut at Taunton (2m7f, good to firm) in April; yet to build on that success but ran well at Wincanton (3m1f, good to firm) last month and can feature here if the first-time blinkers have any sort of positive effect.

7/2

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Exacta £767.00
Straight Forecast £586.80
Tricast £18996.20
Trifecta £23058.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ambion Hill

Daily Mail:

Jobesgreen Lad

Telegraph:

Carry On The Magic

The Times:

Furkash

TOPSPEED:

Legend Of Zorro

Daily Mirror:

Jobesgreen Lad

RP Ratings:

Ambion Hill

POSTDATA:

Ambion Hill

WEST COUNTRY:

Ambion Hill

The Guardian:

Ambion Hill

Daily Express:

Ambion Hill

The Sun:

Ambion Hill

The Star:

Ambion Hill

Daily Record:

Carry On The Magic