February 25 / 15.20 Exeter

15.20 Exeter

Soft

Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5064.78
  • 2m 7f 25y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 6m 13s
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Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 88511 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Really tough stayer who responds well to pressure, as he has done with two wins here, the latest over C&D; 4lb rise no great concern and he's sure to be keeping on at the end but this does look tougher.
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2nd

2

17th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:15 Ffos Las

Raddon Top

11st 4lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Multiple point winner who has made excellent progress in handicap hurdles this year, winning three times (2m5f-2m7f) before last month's third off today's mark at Fontwell (3m2f, good to soft); might be better suited by ground slower than good but still commands respect.

2/1

2

10th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 4

14:55 Stratford

Raddon Top

11st 8lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Kicked off this year with a hat-trick at Exeter (2m5f/2m7f, heavy-good to soft) before a good third to Game Socks at Fontwell (3m2f, good to soft) last month; he's 3lb better off with the winner for about 2l and there's every chance he'll be bang there; won three points on good ground.

5/2

1st

10

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Raddon Top

11st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Really tough stayer who responds well to pressure, as he has done with two wins here, the latest over C&D; 4lb rise no great concern and he's sure to be keeping on at the end but this does look tougher.

11/2

7/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 4-31P1

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Had to work hard to justify short odds at Plumpton last month, his second novice success; pulled up at Ascot in between, on handicap debut, but valid excuses for that and remains open to progress; by no means ruled out with step back up in trip likely to suit.
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2nd

2

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Young Butler

11st 11lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Had to work hard to justify short odds at Plumpton last month, his second novice success; pulled up at Ascot in between, on handicap debut, but valid excuses for that and remains open to progress; by no means ruled out with step back up in trip likely to suit.

7/1

1st

1

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:25 Plumpton

Young Butler

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Carries 7lb penalty and was pulled up on handicap debut at Ascot (2m7f, good to soft) last month; however, he was reportedly never travelling after being hampered at the first flight, and has leading claims if rediscovering the form shown when winning at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in November.

4/6

1

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

12:40 Ascot

Young Butler

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Improving 5yo who was good enough to win a Chepstow maiden (2m3f, good to soft) despite not jumping all that well; the time wasn't great and the runner-up was well beaten next time, so it's all about his potential now handicapping over further.

5/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 462112 CD BF

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Fitting of blinkers saw him gain wins over C&D and at Plumpton last month; unable to complete hat-trick at the latter track 11 days ago but still ran well; goes up 3lb from tomorrow and another worth considering.
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2nd

1

23rd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:40 Ffos Las

Dynamite Kentucky

12st 1lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Fitting of blinkers saw him gain wins at Exeter (2m7f, heavy) and Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft) in January; ran well again when second in his hat-trick bid last month but his form dipped when a well-held third back at Exeter last time; the return to front-running tactics may have backfired that day but he's 2lb higher here and needs to step up again.

13/2

3rd

9

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Dynamite Kentucky

11st 2lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Fitting of blinkers saw him gain wins over C&D and at Plumpton last month; unable to complete hat-trick at the latter track 11 days ago but still ran well; goes up 3lb from tomorrow and another worth considering.

4/1

2nd

2

14th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

14:20 Plumpton

Dynamite Kentucky

11st 11lb

J: Mr Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

First-time blinkers worked a treat when too strong for Chloe's Court at Exeter (2m7f, heavy) and, escaping a penalty, he went in again over C&D the following week, proving fine on the good to soft; this should be tougher with a 5lb rise to deal with but he looks sure to figure.

3/1

Form: 00/845 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Hasn't quite found his best in three starts this winter, including at Doncaster last month with a visor back on, after more than a year off; becoming well handicapped and still time but others more obvious for now.
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4th

1

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Le Musee

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Hasn't quite found his best in three starts this winter, including at Doncaster last month with a visor back on, after more than a year off; becoming well handicapped and still time but others more obvious for now.

12/1

5th

1

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:25 Doncaster

Le Musee

11st 13lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Returned from a long absence in November and was an encouraging fourth over 3m at Taunton last month on his second start back; on a handy mark on his old form and today's drop back in trip may be a plus; could go well.

14/1

4th

6

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:30 Taunton

Le Musee

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Successful dual-purpose horse who ran up a hat-trick on the Flat in 2020, before being off for well over a year; 50-1 and probably ran as well as could be expected on his reappearance at Newbury (3m, good) last month; drops 4lb; well treated on 2019 jumps form but has a bit to prove.

12/1

Form: 1F-P6P D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
First start over hurdles since winning at Chepstow (heavy, blinkered for first time) 13 months ago; no success in four chases since then and enough to prove on that basis.
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5th

7

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Little Red Lion

11st 7lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

First start over hurdles since winning at Chepstow (heavy, blinkered for first time) 13 months ago; no success in four chases since then and enough to prove on that basis.

20/1

1

10th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:37 Ffos Las

Little Red Lion

12st 0lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

The winner of four handicaps divided equally between fences and hurdles; fell on his final two chase starts of last season and ran no race on his reappearance, but it was a better effort at Lingfield last time when perhaps stretched by the 3m5f on heavy ground; has a big run in him.

11/1

6th

11

23rd Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Little Red Lion

10st 6lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

The winner of four handicaps divided equally between fences and hurdles; however, ran no race at all on his reappearance at Exeter and that was after falling in his two previous chase starts; confidence looks at a low ebb, in this discipline at least.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: P-UP21 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Failed to finish three chasing attempts but much more like it back hurdling the last twice; made all in a Uttoxeter novice in December (heavy) and placed horses have franked the form; lot to like about his chance.
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3

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Carlow Farmer

11st 11lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Failed to finish three chasing attempts but much more like it back hurdling the last twice; made all in a Uttoxeter novice in December (heavy) and placed horses have franked the form; lot to like about his chance.

9/2

1st

1

31st Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

12:22 Uttoxeter

Carlow Farmer

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Charlie Longsdon

Point winner who is 0-10 under rules but he turned things around back over hurdles with a close second in a Haydock maiden (3m, soft) four weeks ago; that form puts him firmly in the picture here and he's a big player if he can back that up.

7/2

2nd

2

1st Dec 2021

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

13:15 Haydock

Carlow Farmer

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Charlie Longsdon

Point winner whose best hurdle form reads well in today's context, and he reverts to this sphere having failed to take to fences on his last three starts; a revival is possible but he was also pulled up on his latest hurdle outing in January and there are doubts about his current form.

33/1

Form: 43P1

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Flat winner; in the frame in two novice hurdles but flopped on last month's handicap debut (favourite); left that well behind when comfortably beating Midnight Ginger (runs in 1:00) at Ffos Las 15 days ago; 9lb higher and up in trip but clearly going the right way.
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4

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Ffos Las

Crossing The Bar

11st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

4

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Crossing The Bar

11st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

Flat winner; in the frame in two novice hurdles but flopped on last month's handicap debut (favourite); left that well behind when comfortably beating Midnight Ginger (runs in 1:00) at Ffos Las 15 days ago; 9lb higher and up in trip but clearly going the right way.

4/1

1st

6

10th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:07 Ffos Las

Crossing The Bar

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

Flat winner at 1m6f on good to soft (RPR 92); early promise over hurdles, including over C&D on heavy, but pulled-up favourite on handicap debut at Wincanton when said to be unsuited by soft; can't be totally enthusiastic after that but he clearly has potential.

5/1

Form: -5P139

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Novice winner last September and close third in a handicap next time; both of those at 2m4f and yet to prove himself over this trip (weakened at Ascot latest, 40-1); others more obvious.
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5

30th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

14:55 Market Rasen

Father John

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

5

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Father John

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Novice winner last September and close third in a handicap next time; both of those at 2m4f and yet to prove himself over this trip (weakened at Ascot latest, 40-1); others more obvious.

16/1

9th

4

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

12:40 Ascot

Father John

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Having his second run back from wind surgery when toughing it out in a Worcester novice (2m4f, good) and was then beaten only 2l in a handicap over that same trip at Carlisle (good to soft); off an untouched mark here and another crack at this far is worth a go.

12/1

Form: 5-P733

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Yet to win in seven attempts for this stable but appeared to excel himself when third of four in a Class 2 conditions race at Lingfield last month (all three rivals rated 140+); overall profile suggests he was flattered but the figures give him major claims back in a handicap.
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6

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Dan McGrue

11st 8lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Brian Barr

Yet to win in seven attempts for this stable but appeared to excel himself when third of four in a Class 2 conditions race at Lingfield last month (all three rivals rated 140+); overall profile suggests he was flattered but the figures give him major claims back in a handicap.

10/1

3rd

2

21st Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Dan McGrue

11st 0lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Brian Barr

Three-time hurdle winner for Paul Nicholls but regressive these days and has no right to trouble today's opposition.

66/1

3rd

2

8th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

14:40 Wincanton

Dan McGrue

12st 8lb

Three-time hurdle winner for Paul Nicholls; unplaced all five starts for current yard, and a poor effort at Exeter last time after seven months off.

33/1

Form: 1-7245

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Irish bumper winner (2m4f, heavy); runner-up to Young Butler on hurdling debut but hasn't matched that twice since (latest in cheekpieces); could be a different story now handicapping and up in trip.
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8

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Last Quarter

11st 6lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Irish bumper winner (2m4f, heavy); runner-up to Young Butler on hurdling debut but hasn't matched that twice since (latest in cheekpieces); could be a different story now handicapping and up in trip.

9/1

5th

3

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Last Quarter

11st 7lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Won an Irish bumper on heavy going but perhaps the soft ground didn't suit when well beaten at Leicester in December; prior to that he was second on his hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) and he could bounce back with a big run now back on better ground; wears first-time cheekpieces.

7/1

4th

5

15th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:15 Leicester

Last Quarter

10st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Justified favouritism in a six-runner bumper at Punchestown (2m4f, heavy) in March; only seventh on last month's British debut but left that performance well behind when second of nine in maiden hurdle at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) 16 days later, always front rank; should improve again.

5/2

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Selections

RP Ratings:

Dynamite Kentucky

WEST COUNTRY:

Crossing The Bar

SPOTLIGHT:

Carlow Farmer

LAMBOURN:

Father John

The Times:

Dan McGrue

TOPSPEED:

Dynamite Kentucky

POSTDATA:

Dynamite Kentucky

The Guardian:

Dynamite Kentucky

Daily Mirror:

Dynamite Kentucky

Daily Record:

Dynamite Kentucky

Daily Express:

Crossing The Bar

The Star:

Crossing The Bar

Telegraph:

Carlow Farmer

Daily Mail:

Carlow Farmer