February 25 / 15.50 Exeter

15.50 Exeter Soft

Virgin Bet Devon National Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £12852.56
  • 3m 6f 153y
  • Class 3
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 8m 9s
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Virgin Bet Devon National Handicap Chase

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £21.00
  • Place: £5.50

Form: 0-94P6 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Only chase win was gained here and has been placed in big staying handicaps but not really at his best this season; well beaten back hurdling latest and difficult to now what to expect for now.
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1

29th Apr 2022

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:35 Cheltenham

Captain Drake

12st 2lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

12

19th Mar 2022

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:35 Uttoxeter

Captain Drake

10st 1lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Harry Fry

Both chase wins have come at Exeter, last time his stamina winning the day in the 3m6f Devon National (soft); finished nowhere in this last season but he was second to Truckers Lodge the year before (albeit a remote one) and he's entitled to give his running once more; perhaps placed at best.

12/1

1st

3

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Captain Drake

11st 5lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Harry Fry

Only chase win was gained here and has been placed in big staying handicaps but not really at his best this season; well beaten back hurdling latest and difficult to now what to expect for now.

14/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 247-7F

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Just two starts this season and may well have won over 3m here last month but for falling three out; has to be of interest, assuming no ill effects from that, and has run reasonably at 3m4f+ on two occasions.
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2nd

5

22nd Mar 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:01 Exeter

Classic Ben

11st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Only 1-15 as a chaser but looked unlucky here in January and then chased home a solid stayer here over this trip (soft); should be in the thick of it once more.

4/1

2nd

7

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Classic Ben

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Just two starts this season and may well have won over 3m here last month but for falling three out; has to be of interest, assuming no ill effects from that, and has run reasonably at 3m4f+ on two occasions.

7/1

7

11th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:30 Exeter

Classic Ben

11st 4lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Only 1-13 as a chaser and that win was nearly three years ago now; however, he has got himself well handicapped and ran as though the race was needed when seventh here 26 days ago (behind Morning Spirit).

8/1

12/1

  • Place: £5.50

Form: 6-1845 CD

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 2lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Won this in 2018 and 2019 and creditable third last year; have to forgive a lacklustre effort over 3m here last month but no surprise to see him firmly in the argument back at the marathon trip.
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3rd

3

29th Apr 2022

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:35 Cheltenham

Dawson City

12st 2lb

J: Miss Chloe Emsley

T: Polly Gundry

4th

6

14th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:10 Taunton

Dawson City

10st 12lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Polly Gundry

Beaten just under 10l into third last time at Exeter (3m6f, soft) in a race he knew well, being twice a previous winner; assured stamina could bring him into it.

8/1

3rd

5

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Dawson City

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Polly Gundry

Won this in 2018 and 2019 and creditable third last year; have to forgive a lacklustre effort over 3m here last month but no surprise to see him firmly in the argument back at the marathon trip.

12/1

Form: 238-F2 CD

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Thorough stayer (second in last season's Welsh Grand National) and has a C&D win to his name; not at his best when distant runner-up at Haydock but dropped 6lb for latest effort and now temptingly handicapped; hasn't won for three years, however.
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2nd

3

14th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:10 Taunton

The Two Amigos

11st 4lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Former Welsh Grand National runner-up so he stays well; below his best this season and was behind Dawson City last time, but these conditions suit and he's well handicapped.

7/2

4th

1

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

The Two Amigos

11st 12lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Thorough stayer (second in last season's Welsh Grand National) and has a C&D win to his name; not at his best when distant runner-up at Haydock but dropped 6lb for latest effort and now temptingly handicapped; hasn't won for three years, however.

7/1

2nd

2

30th Dec 2021

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

The Two Amigos

11st 7lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Consistent in defeat in staying handicaps last season, runner-up in the Welsh National and third over this C&D; rather out of his depth in Grade 2 at Aintree (in rear when falling) on reappearance but he's been given a chance by the handicapper and may well bounce back; revels in the mud.

3/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1-7711

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Comfortable winner at Lingfield (3m5f) ten days ago, to add to last month's Bangor success; Lucy Turner's claim cancels out the 7lb penalty (goes up 9lb in future) so shortlist material but record around here (well beaten over C&D three starts ago) isn't the best.
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4th

4

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

15:52 Haydock

Snuff Box

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

2

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Snuff Box

11st 11lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Comfortable winner at Lingfield (3m5f) ten days ago, to add to last month's Bangor success; Lucy Turner's claim cancels out the 7lb penalty (goes up 9lb in future) so shortlist material but record around here (well beaten over C&D three starts ago) isn't the best.

4/1

1st

2

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

14:10 Lingfield

Snuff Box

11st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Disappointed on first two starts this season but returned to form with win at Bangor (3m, heavy) last month; might have been fortunate that day (narrow leader fell at final fence) and is not one to rely upon heavily but should be fine over today's longer trip and ran well on his only previous visit to Lingfield.

4/1

Form: 210-P7

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Won off this mark in December 2020 but just three runs since and well below form in both outings this season; needs a return to his best.
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2nd

2

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 3

16:15 Huntingdon

Truckin Away

11st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs

3rd

6

10th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

14:00 Wincanton

Truckin Away

11st 6lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs

Won off 5lb higher in December 2020 but just four runs since; has shown little in this season's three outings; urgently needs a revival.

16/1

4

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Truckin Away

11st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs

Won off this mark in December 2020 but just three runs since and well below form in both outings this season; needs a return to his best.

25/1

Form: 1P-344 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Won this a year ago (off same mark) and has performed well in two of three starts this season, the latest when fair fourth at Lingfield last month; every reason to expect him to be on the premises again.
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3

13th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 3

15:55 Warwick

Samuel Jackson

11st 9lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Good fourth to highly progressive The Galloping Bear in the Surrey National at Lingfield (3m5f, heavy) in January but well below his best when pulling up at Exeter latest; stamina for this test assured and no surprise to see him bounce back with a bold run.

6

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Samuel Jackson

11st 1lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Won this a year ago (off same mark) and has performed well in two of three starts this season, the latest when fair fourth at Lingfield last month; every reason to expect him to be on the premises again.

6/1

4th

7

23rd Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Samuel Jackson

11st 1lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Won the Devon National over Exeter's 3m6f on soft ground last February; made a pleasing return over 3m at Bangor and when a remote fourth over that trip back at Exeter last time he reportedly suffered an overreach; has a heavy-ground win to his name and, returned to a longer trip, there's a big run in him.

11/1

Form: 2-212F

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
In good form this season, winning over 3m at Warwick and finishing second in the Sussex National (3m4f+); in touch when taking quite a heavy fall at Lingfield last month but enters the argument with yard among the winners.
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5

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

14:10 Ffos Las

Pemberley

11st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

8

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Pemberley

10st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

In good form this season, winning over 3m at Warwick and finishing second in the Sussex National (3m4f+); in touch when taking quite a heavy fall at Lingfield last month but enters the argument with yard among the winners.

6/1

10

23rd Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Pemberley

10st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

The front two pulled a distance clear when he won at Warwick (3m, soft) and it was a very solid effort in defeat in the Sussex National (3m4f, soft) for all that he couldn't live with Go Whatever; locking horns once more on a different day and armed with a 7lb pull, he could very easily finish closer; not dismissed at all.

6/1

Form: 9FP643 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Four wins last season, up to 3m5f, but just hasn't found that form this term; slightly better in latest two starts but still beaten 25l+ in those and much better required to regain the winning thread.
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7th

9

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:20 Ffos Las

Volcano

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Mostly out of form this season but was reportedly suited by being able to dominate when winning by 8l at favourite track Warwick (3m5f, good to soft) last month; still well handicapped on older form but it's questionable whether things will pan out so favourably for him here.

10/1

1st

9

13th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 3

15:55 Warwick

Volcano

10st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Proved his stamina when winning this race off 15lb higher last year (good to soft) but has not kicked on this season and was pulled up on soft ground at Exeter last time; very well treated after tumbling down the weights and perhaps the return to this track and the likely better ground may rejuvenate him.

6/1

9

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Volcano

10st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Four wins last season, up to 3m5f, but just hasn't found that form this term; slightly better in latest two starts but still beaten 25l+ in those and much better required to regain the winning thread.

20/1

Form: 21-B62

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
No match for a progressive winner at Chepstow this month but still ran with great credit (well clear of the third, Volcano); first attempt beyond 3m2f but shapes like a thorough stayer; high on the list.
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1st

4

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

15:45 Chepstow

Wayfinder

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

1st

5

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:42 Chepstow

Wayfinder

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Won over 3m2f (soft) here in 2020 and was clear second behind very progressive subsequent winner over that trip here (soft) in February; needs to prove he can cope with today's quicker ground but his latest defeat (over 3m6f) shouldn't be viewed too harshly and he's on a workable mark.

7/2

10

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Wayfinder

10st 5lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

No match for a progressive winner at Chepstow this month but still ran with great credit (well clear of the third, Volcano); first attempt beyond 3m2f but shapes like a thorough stayer; high on the list.

5/1

Form: F511P4

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Three chase wins in France (2m1f-2m3f) but has shown little in a pair of British outings, the latest when tailed off over 2m1f, after wind surgery; lot to prove and trip is a complete unknown.
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2nd

1

3rd May 2022

Good

3m 5f 24y

Class 3

16:15 Fakenham

Red Happy

12st 0lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

2nd

1

20th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

13:30 Ludlow

Red Happy

12st 1lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Revitalised on good ground this spring and completed a hat-trick when winning at Exeter six days ago; may have been a shade fortunate there but the going was probably slower than described; 7lb penalty and Philip Armson's claim now only 5lb but still hard to ignore.

11/8

1st

3

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

18:10 Exeter

Red Happy

11st 3lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Form: 2-7P53 BF

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Best of four efforts this season when third over 3m6f at Catterick last month; no stamina worries and not without a shout but almost certainly needs to raise his form to a new level to win this.
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2nd

6

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

16:55 Southwell

Who’s In The Box

11st 7lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Nick Kent

Clear signs of a revival when third over 3m6f at Catterick (good to soft) in January but he's been pulled up in both runs since and was never travelling at Newcastle (2m7f) last time; chase record now stands at 1-11 and others are more convincing.

1

8th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:30 Newcastle

Who’s In The Box

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Nick Kent

Clear signs of a revival when third over 3m6f at Catterick (good to soft) in January but struggled after an early error when pulling up last time; usual cheekpieces left off and only 1lb higher than for sole chase success; possibilities.

9/1

12

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Who’s In The Box

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Best of four efforts this season when third over 3m6f at Catterick last month; no stamina worries and not without a shout but almost certainly needs to raise his form to a new level to win this.

12/1

Form: 6-8324

Last run: 61 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Progressive last season with five wins; bold effort when runner-up over C&D in December but rather laboured when fourth at Market Rasen since; in the reckoning on the previous effort and perhaps cheekpieces can offer some help.
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4

11th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

13:40 Worcester

The Late Legend

11st 12lb

J: Mr Luke Scott

T: Tom Weston

6-17 over fences, the latest win gained at Warwick (3m, good; second run in cheekpieces) three weeks ago; today's 5lb higher mark is manageable if the headgear continues to has a positive effect; respected.

3/1

1st

8

21st Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Warwick

The Late Legend

11st 0lb

J: Mr Luke Scott

T: Tom Weston

4th

8

23rd Mar 2022

Good

3m 4f 97y

Class 3

14:45

The Late Legend

10st 9lb

J: Mr Luke Scott

T: Tom Weston

Progressive last season with five wins up to 3m2f, one under Luke Scott who's ridden him throughout the current campaign; good second over 3m6f at Exeter in December but he was not as good at Market Rasen on Boxing Day and pulled up when cheekpieces were tried last month; concern after that.

13/2

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Exacta £2036.00
Straight Forecast £1774.20
Tricast £23434.30
Trifecta £46316.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Samuel Jackson

RP Ratings:

The Two Amigos

POSTDATA:

Classic Ben

Telegraph:

Snuff Box

The Sun:

Who's In The Box

SPOTLIGHT:

Wayfinder

The Times:

Pemberley

TOPSPEED:

Volcano

Daily Mirror:

Classic Ben

The Guardian:

Snuff Box

Daily Mail:

Samuel Jackson

Daily Express:

Samuel Jackson

The Star:

The Two Amigos

Daily Record:

The Two Amigos