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17:00 Exeter

Soft

Virgin Bet Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 2 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £1906.1
  • 2m 0f 161y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 4m 35s
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Virgin Bet Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 2 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 2

Last run: 120 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dam unraced half-sister to four winners, notably useful pair Crescent Island (including a bumper) and Muckle Roe; 17-2, under pressure long way out at Ffos Las (2m, good) in October but responded to finish second of nine; the more testing ground here may help; each-way chance.

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2

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 165y

Class 4

14:32 Fontwell

Copper Cove

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Soundly beaten on chasing debut last April and has reverted to hurdling this term; opened account with 7l course win last month (2m1f heavy) and bumped into a improver when second of four at Lingfield (2m, heavy) three weeks ago; contender if all goes to plan on this second attempt at chasing.

13/8

2nd

1

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:32 Lingfield

Copper Cove

12st 0lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

jumped slightly right throughout, led, joined before 3rd

11/8

2/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 2 BF

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden point (good to soft) last May before £42,000 sale; eyecatchingly started 13-8 favourite in seven-runner bumper at Haydock (1m7f, heavy) at turn of the year and showed plenty of ability, despite failing to reel in a McCain front-runner; has the best form and big chance.

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2nd

5

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

14:45 Fontwell

Hermes Du Gouet

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Yet to build upon last winter's heavy-ground maiden hurdle win (2m) and has been safely held in two 2m3f chases this season but tries a new trip today and still has plenty of time to get his act together over fences.

7/2

6th

3

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Hermes Du Gouet

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

never going well, in touch with leaders, dropped to rear and cajoled along 7th, dropped to last and slow jump 11th, rallied before 5 out, lost ground 4 out

100/30

9/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 31 CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Finished well for third at Newton Abbot; registered a battling win in a maiden bumper here (again on heavy) on New Year's Day but giving the weight to hold all of today's rivals at bay should be much harder.

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4th

6

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Astronomic View

11st 5lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Came good over hurdles in no uncertain terms when easy 21l winner from My Bobby Dazzler over 3m2f at Warwick (soft) three weeks ago; respected up 8lb.

5/1

1st

5

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Warwick

Astronomic View

11st 1lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

in touch with leaders, smooth headway after 3 out, led going easily before 2 out

7/1

3rd

9

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Astronomic View

11st 4lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Runner-up in all three of his handicap hurdles (2m2f, 2m7f on heavy and 2m5f) and has been showing very consistent form; needs a bit extra to win one of this competitiveness and cheekpieces are enlisted.

12/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

20,000euros 3yo; 10th foal; half-brother to winners Summerville Boy (bumper and very smart 2m-2m4f hurdle/chase) and Locallink (point/2m3f hurdle); dam unraced half-sister to 2m5f-2m6f hurdle winner Mini Moo Min (dam of Annacotty) out of 2m3f-3m1f jump winner; trainer's two bumper winners last term included a debutant at this track.

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11th

12

18th May 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

17:25 Fontwell

Mr Snow Way

10st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

raced in second, hit 4th, not fluent and lost position 3 out, pushed along and lost ground into midfield home turn, ridden and weakened before 2 out

12/1

6th

17

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:35 Exeter

Mr Snow Way

10st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Beaten in the region of 20l in his three handicaps, in cheekpieces and blinkers; has to step up to have any chance.

33/1

4th

7

27th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

17:00 Wincanton

Mr Snow Way

10st 6lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

led, briefly disputed lead 4th, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened and lost third approaching last

10/1

Form: 6

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Brother to 2m hurdle winner Nelson's Touch and half-brother to Flat and 2m1f/2m2f hurdle winner The Pink'n, both pretty useful for this yard; 14-1, fading into about 13l sixth of eight over C&D (heavy) on New Year's Day was a low-key start.

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6

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

16:10 Newton Abbot

Mountain Grey

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

prominent, hit 1st, jumped right and slow jump 6th, ridden after 9th, weakened after 4 out, pulled up after 2 out

25/1

6th

5

31st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

15:30 Newton Abbot

Mountain Grey

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Seamus Mullins

Has not finished closer than 13l to a winner in his eight starts and was pulled up over fences here (3m2f, good) two weeks ago; was always behind in that race and he has a lot to prove; 2lb out of the weights.

20/1

7

17th May 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

15:10 Newton Abbot

Mountain Grey

10st 10lb

J: Daniel Sansom

T: Seamus Mullins

Unplaced all seven starts, the latest on last month's chasing/handicap debut at Exeter; young enough to improve but now takes a major step up in trip, which is not certain to work on pedigree.

14/1

Form: 9

Last run: 72 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

66-1, weakened into 35l ninth of 16 over C&D (good to soft) in early December; needs vastly better.

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5th

5

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:00 Chepstow

Junior Doctor

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Clarke

6th

8

13th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

17:00 Exeter

Junior Doctor

11st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Clarke

66-1, weakened into 35l ninth of 16 over C&D (good to soft) in early December; needs vastly better.

100/1

9th

7

3rd Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

15:50 Exeter

Junior Doctor

10st 12lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Ben Clarke

Ninth foal; half-brother to point bumper/point/3m hunter chase winner De Kananga; unraced dam out of sister to Grand National runner-up Encore Un Peu; probably one for another day.

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam unraced half-sister to a point winner and out of a fair 2m-2m4f hurdle/chase winner; others seem much more likely.

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5th

9

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

14:17 Hereford

Ginderella

10st 13lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

In form having finished runner-up in three of her last five appearances, latterly behind a penalised winner at Taunton (3m, soft); looks to hold a solid chance.

9/2

2nd

4

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:45 Taunton

Ginderella

11st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

pressed leader

6/1

2nd

9

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:18 Uttoxeter

Ginderella

10st 13lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Mitchell Hunt

Reached the frame in three of her first four handicaps, including when runner-up at Wincanton (3m, heavy) last month, but she was disappointing back at 2m5f at Exeter (soft) last time; bit to prove again after that laboured effort and others are more persuasive.

7/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

7,000euros foal, 4,000euros 3yo; third foal; dam unraced half-sister to 2m3f-3m3f hurdle/chase winner Themanfrom Minella and 2m-2m5f hurdle/chase winner Marky Bob, both fairly useful; others are more striking on paper.

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5

28th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

17:15 Ludlow

Jethro Said

11st 10lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Syd Hosie

Well beaten (albeit on soft ground) on bumper debut for Harriet Brown at Exeter six weeks ago and will need to take a huge step forward here.

33/1

12

14th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 205y

Class 6

16:05 Stratford

Jethro Said

11st 10lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Syd Hosie

Non-runner

8

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

16:20 Exeter

Jethro Said

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Harriet Brown

Attracted a little support but beat only one home on recent C&D debut.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

26,000euros foal, £52,000 3yo; sixth foal; half-brother to point and useful 2m3f-2m7f hurdle/chase winner Omar Maretti; dam placed in bumper and 2m2f/2m4f hurdles; yard is 1-16 in bumpers this term but market may guide.

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8

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

14:47 Chepstow

Maximum Dex

11st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tom George

Only 5-1 for an Exeter bumper (soft) but he dropped out to finish a tailed-off last; now goes hurdling in what's probably a good race.

33/1

9th

9

13th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

17:00 Exeter

Maximum Dex

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

26,000euros foal, £52,000 3yo; sixth foal; half-brother to point and useful 2m3f-2m7f hurdle/chase winner Omar Maretti; dam placed in bumper and 2m2f/2m4f hurdles; yard is 1-16 in bumpers this term but market may guide.

16/1

5

1st Feb 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:20 Ffos Las

Maximum Dex

11st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Tom George

26,000euros foal, £52,000 3yo; half-brother to point/useful 2m3f-2m7f hurdle/chase winner Omar Maretti; dam placed in bumper/2m2f and 2m4f hurdles; yard is 1-15 in bumpers this term.

9/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

20,000euros foal; ninth foal; half-brother to French winners Square Beaujon (Group-placed 2m3f hurdle) and Passage Dombasle (1m2f 2yo); dam won in Germany, half-sister to 1m2f Group 2 winner Belcore and 1m Group 3 winner Beatrice; from major yard and the market may well guide.

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9th

2

11th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:15 Worcester

Belguardo

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

20,000euros foal; half-brother to French winners Square Beaujon (Group-placed 2m3f hurdle) and Passage Dombasle (1m2f 2yo); dam won in Germany, half-sister to 1m2f Group 2 winner Belcore; yard has an impressive 23% record in bumpers in recent seasons.

2

13th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

17:00 Exeter

Belguardo

11st 5lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: David Pipe

20,000euros foal; ninth foal; half-brother to French winners Square Beaujon (Group-placed 2m3f hurdle) and Passage Dombasle (1m2f 2yo); dam won in Germany, half-sister to 1m2f Group 2 winner Belcore and 1m Group 3 winner Beatrice; from major yard and the market may well guide.

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fourth foal; half-brother to 3m/3m2f chase winner Kiwi Myth and point winner Murifield; dam unraced half-sister to 2m-2m5f hurdle/chase winner Manwanui out of 2m6f hurdle/2m7f chase winner; others appeal more, including on trainer's record in bumpers.

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7th

2

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:05 Exeter

Benville Bridge

11st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Fiona Shaw

Well beaten at triple-digit odds on first two hurdling starts, both times over 1m7f at Wincanton.

100/1

11th

2

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Benville Bridge

11st 8lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Fiona Shaw

Triple-figure prices and no impact in two course starts, a bumper in March 2022 and on hurdle debut last month; early days yet.

200/1

7th

5

12th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

12:45 Wincanton

Benville Bridge

11st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Fiona Shaw

It was a useful bumper here (1m7f, good to soft) in which he made his debut in March 2022 but he was soundly beaten in sixth at 200-1 and this is his first run since; probably best watched.

66/1

Form: 0-49

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fourth at Lingfield (AW) in November but remote at Warwick (good) and back at Lingfield (AW) in his other two races; has been racing freely and now tries a hood; hard to fancy much even on best form.

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3

5th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:25 Southwell

Ellofagetaway

11st 6lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

10th

4

10th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

17:30 Wincanton

Ellofagetaway

11st 4lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

Fourth at Lingfield in November (AW) but tailed off either side of that; tends to race too freely and hood now applied; others preferred.

25/1

5

13th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

17:00 Exeter

Ellofagetaway

11st 5lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

Fourth at Lingfield (AW) in November but remote at Warwick (good) and back at Lingfield (AW) in his other two races; has been racing freely and now tries a hood; hard to fancy much even on best form.

40/1

Form: 532

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed ability on soft ground at Ascot and Market Rasen and found just one too good for him in 13-runner race on good to soft at Doncaster; place chance again but improvement should be needed if he's to win.

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5th

11

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:30 Newbury

Nollyador

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Has yet to replicate his decent bumper form over hurdles and he was about 5l behind Future Investment at Taunton last time when the latter wasn't at his best; had a wind operation since then.

9/1

6th

10

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:00 Taunton

Nollyador

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Emma Lavelle

Displayed good form when placed in bumpers and it's still very early days over hurdles; things may click in this discipline at some point but he hasn't really shone in his first two attempts and improvement is needed.

8/1

6th

7

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 181y

Class 4

12:45 Doncaster

Nollyador

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Placed in three of his four bumpers and fair fifth despite a couple of jumping errors on hurdles debut at Aintree in December (2m1f, good to soft); now tongue tied; improvement likely and he has an each-way chance.

13/2

Form: 2 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

65,000euros 3yo; first foal of the stable's bumper and smart 2m-2m6f hurdle winner Polly Peachum; 5-6 when second of five in a slowly run newcomers race at Huntingdon (2m, soft) one month ago, form which has taken a knock from two behind who have turned out again; the first two did draw clear, though, and he needs respect from such a powerful yard.

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6th

4

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

13:35 Market Rasen

Propelled

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

slowly away, raced wide and towards rear early

13/2

8th

9

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:58 Hereford

Propelled

11st 4lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

In a top yard but has shown only hints of promise thus far and hasn't raised his game at all in three handicaps (2m5f-3m); tailed off at Ludlow last time and just 3lb lower.

10/1

5th

4

6th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 5

12:20 Ludlow

Propelled

11st 7lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

A lightly raced 6yo in top hands but has shown only hints of promise thus far and he was tailed off and pulled up in his two handicaps (2m5f, good/2m6f, heavy); it's still relatively early days at least.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Second foal; half-brother to fair French 1m4f winner Agenda; dam German 7.5f-1m3f winner, half-sister to useful winners Area (1m2f; by Maxios), Areo (7f 2yo) and Atiaro (1m1f); his yard's good strike-rate in bumpers has taken a knock this season but he needs a check for confidence in the betting.

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14th

14

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Altobelli

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

3-3 prior to Grade 1 flop last April; solid efforts in handicaps at Ascot (1m7f, soft/good) this season, close third to Luccia latest despite the steady pace not being ideal; lightly raced and still gives the impression there's a good prize in him; warrants plenty of respect.

7/1

3rd

7

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Altobelli

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

12-1 but ran poorly in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (2m, good to soft) in April in hat-trick bid; disputed favouritism and tongue tied when creditable second of 12 on reappearance over C&D (soft) seven weeks ago on handicap debut, held up, travelling up well but never getting to grips with the winner; raised just 1lb and can surely strike at some point off this mark.

11/2

2nd

4

4th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Altobelli

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

took keen hold, towards rear of midfield, headway 4 out, went second 2 out, kept on, no match for winner

13/2

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Payout
Exacta £138.00
Straight Forecast £112.80
Trifecta £423.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hermes Du Gouet

LAMBOURN:

Propelled

Telegraph:

Copper Cove

WEST COUNTRY:

Maximum Dex

The Times:

Propelled

The Star:

Propelled

Daily Record:

Propelled

Daily Mail:

Copper Cove

RP Ratings:

Hermes Du Gouet

POSTDATA:

Hermes Du Gouet

Daily Express:

Hermes Du Gouet

Daily Mirror:

Hermes Du Gouet

The Sun:

Hermes Du Gouet