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Good To Soft

City Of Exeter Challenge Cup Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 0f 161y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
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City Of Exeter Challenge Cup Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.60

Form: P12-PP D

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Bumper and 2m maiden hurdle winner but pulled up in both handicaps this year, over 3m and 2m4f; had wind surgery since but wellbeing in question and cheekpieces added now back at 2m.

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2

6th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:20 Southwell

Kincardine

11st 13lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Returned to form with win in first-time cheekpieces at Exeter (2m, good to soft; first run after wind surgery) in April but was back in the doldrums at Ludlow last month; should be fine over today's trip but it's hard to predict whether he'll be in the right mood.

7/1

11th

8

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

19:00 Ludlow

Kincardine

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Pulled up on his first two starts this season but then landed 2m Exeter handicap on the back of a wind op (also cheekpieces on) four weeks ago; still low mileage so he's not taken lightly despite a 4lb rise.

4/1

1st

8

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:15 Exeter

Kincardine

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

jumped right on occasions, made all, mistake 5 out, ridden and hard pressed from 2 out, mistake last, kept on well run-in

6/1

6/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: /38413

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Returned from wind surgery to win a 2m1f maiden hurdle in good style at Fontwell (good); had more to do under a penalty there next time and ran well in third; could well find more for the stiffer test at the trip now handicapping.

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7th

2

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Kempton

General Medrano

11st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 5 out, no impression after 4 out

10/1

3rd

4

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

General Medrano

11st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Launched chasing career with two 2m wins in the autumn (both on good to soft, one here); yet to make any further progress but his fourth at Sandown (1m7f, soft) in January was a pretty good effort and he might still have untapped potential over this longer trip.

6/1

2

26th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

14:25 Sandown

General Medrano

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Improved for the switch to fences, comfortably winning 2m handicap chases at Uttoxeter and Huntingdon (on good to soft) before bumping into one ahead of its mark at Plumpton (2m3f); Kempton last time wasn't so good but definite claims if forgiven that weak finish.

8/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 453-15

Last run: 91 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Bumper promise confirmed when winning 2m1f novice hurdle in November (good); faded on handicap debut at Doncaster in January (2m3f, good); had wind surgery since; non-runner three times on heavy/soft and the ground is key.

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7th

12

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Maclaine

10st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

On a career-high mark after going up 8lb for winning at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) but impressed with how he jumped and travelled that day (won easily); that was also a new trip for him, offering plenty of encouragement for this far.

8/1

1st

4

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

16:43 Newbury

Maclaine

11st 8lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Close second at Doncaster (2m4f, good to soft) in December but he was well below that form at same track the following month; was reported to have bled last time and is still unexposed over fences but he's untried at this trip and others are more persuasive.

9/2

5th

3

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Maclaine

11st 12lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Sent chasing for new yard this term, back to his best when second of 12 in handicap here (2m4f, good to soft) on latest start; should be on the premises off an unchanged mark, with potential too.

11/4

Form: U31

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Dual 2m Flat winner, on AW and turf; has taken well to hurdles, dividing subsequent winners on first completion at Wincanton (1m7f) before making all in emphatic fashion over 2m4f there last month (good to soft); acted with a stiff finish on the Flat; should make a go of it on handicap debut.

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11th

14

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Gyenyame

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

led, headed 2nd, briefly led 4th, mistake 5th, awkward jump 6th, outpaced and lost position before 2 out

14/1

5th

8

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Gyenyame

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

2m4f maiden winner who had been holding his own in handicaps (2m-3m) before running rather flat when a remote third at Sandown the last time (2m4f, soft); returning to 3m is probably in his favour but others might be better handicapped.

9/1

3rd

8

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Gyenyame

11st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Wincanton maiden winner (2m4f, good to soft) who has held his own in all four subsequent handicaps (2m-3m) without looking ahead of his mark; it was a Class 2 last time at Cheltenham and this might not be so demanding; unraced in cheekpieces over hurdles but these aids worked well for him on the Flat.

6/1

Form: -23153 D BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Consistent mare who has C&D form; only 1lb higher than her latest winning mark, at Newbury in December (2m, good to soft), and probably found soft ground slower than ideal at Warwick 12 days ago; not far away.

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3rd

3

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Midnight Ginger

10st 9lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Always ridden these days by claimer James Martin; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January; two backward steps since, on heavy ground again over 2m3f and 3m; needs a return to her best but she did run creditably on good ground last spring.

6/1

4th

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:30 Market Rasen

Midnight Ginger

12st 0lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Four-time hurdle winner; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish from unlikely position to lead close home at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January; no impact when third of five at same track (2m3f) last month but she made some late gains and looks worth another try at this staying trip; not ruled out.

7/2

3rd

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:33 Chepstow

Midnight Ginger

12st 0lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

held up in rear, outpaced after 5 out, not fluent 4 out, went modest third approaching last, no match for first two

4/1

Form: 612145 D

Last run: 165 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Four hurdle wins at 2m in France and Britain but he lost his edge at the end of his latest campaign and likely to be of more interest after this when back on a sharp track and sound surface.

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7th

7

25th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

18:45 Huntingdon

Bannister

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Absent since fair second of four at Worcester (2m, good) last June on final run for Tom George (remains in same ownership); however, his new trainer's horses can go well fresh and he's feasibly treated; not discounted.

12/1

2nd

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:20 Worcester

Bannister

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Tom George

Won twice here last summer, latterly beating Pillar Of Steel narrowly off 5lb higher; has been rather subdued on last two runs, following a break, but returning here can only be a good thing.

3/1

5th

1

1st May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:57 Warwick

Bannister

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Tom George

Won two handicap hurdles at Worcester last summer and he's now 2lb lower than for the second of them; never in the hunt at Exeter three weeks ago but that was his first run for 165 days and better is expected today.

10/1

Form: 2122 D BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Three hurdle runs in French provinces at about 2m1f, winning on heavy last June; hard to assess on sole run for this yard when a remote last of two at Haydock in March but no great surprise if he comes on a good deal now handicapping.

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6th

4

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Ayr

Jolly Nellerie

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won over hurdles (2m1f, heavy) in France; has failed to reproduce that form in four British starts, latest switched to fences, but this new trip and first-time headgear are possible sources of improvement; sole runner on the card for Venetia Williams; interesting off a reduced mark.

3/1

4th

3

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Jolly Nellerie

11st 12lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Heavy-ground hurdle winner in France; early days with current yard and his free-going tendencies ultimately came at a cost when beaten 15l on his return in a Uttoxeter handicap hurdle; chasing could be the making of him.

9/4

Form: 6-31

Last run: 274 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Little encouragement in first two runs but was much improved when winning at Newton Abbot last July (2m2f, good); is bred to do better yet but has been off a long time and is eligible for lower grades than this.

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8th

12

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:15 Exeter

Haloa Mail

10st 7lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Jackie Du Plessis

midfield

14/1

1st

6

11th Jul 2022

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

13:30 Newton Abbot

Haloa Mail

10st 11lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Jackie Du Plessis

took keen hold, midfield, headway after 6th, went third after 3 out, ridden home turn, left with every chance after 2 out, led narrowly run-in, just held on

40/1

3rd

2

25th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

13:30 Newton Abbot

Haloa Mail

11st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Either not straightforward or was badly in need of the experience when a remote sixth in a maiden hurdle at Exeter, where she was detached early but stayed on late in the day; this can tell us more.

10/1

Form: 2-8240 D

Last run: 151 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Improver on Flat in 2021 but made no progress over hurdles after making a winning debut for Gordon Elliott last spring (2m, good to soft) and was a remote finisher on debut for this yard at Cheltenham in November (cheekpieces added, now discarded); hard to predict major turnaround.

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12th

5

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

12:40 Taunton

Platinumcard

11st 11lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Well beaten on all five starts for David Pipe, the last two on heavy ground last month; comes here with a lot to prove but combination of better ground and first-time blinkers may enable an upturn.

16/1

6th

7

21st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

16:15 Newton Abbot

Platinumcard

11st 0lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

led

25/1

0

12

13th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

16:33 Chepstow

Platinumcard

10st 4lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Plenty of competitive form on the Flat and over hurdles for previous yards but has looked cold as ice in three runs for this one; could yet turn a corner and well treated if he did.

25/1

Form: 4/76/6 C

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Much higher-rated chaser in earlier times for Paul Nicholls, when winning over 2m3f here in 2019, but he didn't show much when back from two years off 16 days ago; not yet one to be interested in.

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12th

11

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:15 Exeter

Saintemilion

10st 10lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

C&D winner in 2019 but he hasn't been in much form since returning from two years off last March.

66/1

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:20 Exeter

Saintemilion

11st 1lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

Has not seen much action in recent years and he returned from another absence with two heavy defeats here (hurdle/chase) last month; mark is tumbling but he's well into the veteran stage now and has plenty to prove.

33/1

6th

1

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:55 Exeter

Saintemilion

12st 0lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

Had two long layoffs in recent years and there's hardly been an echo of his old form; way down the weights but his last win was in 2019 and he has plenty to prove on this return to chasing.

25/1

7/1

Form: -12233 BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Won soft-ground hurdle in France; early promise in Britain but he faded in Plumpton handicap last month (2m4f, soft); return to shorter should help and yard continues in tremendous form.

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7

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Le Patron

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

Stays 2m4f and acts on any ground; stepped up to Grade 1 level at Sandown (1m7f/2m4f) the last twice, beating Colonel Harry in the Henry VIII (took chase record to 3-3) then flopping in the Scilly Isles; the latest effort tempers enthusiasm and this is a much deeper race anyway.

40/1

4th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Le Patron

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, mistake 12th, no impression from 4 out, pecked on landing then hampered by faller 2 out, soon lost third

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: -1116P D

Last run: 168 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won maiden and three novice hurdles at up to 2m5f in the first half of 2022 (on good and good to soft) but she struggled in a Grade 2 in October and was pulled up on handicap debut at Chepstow later that month; has something to prove with regular cheekpieces left off.

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4th

4

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:55 Warwick

Gentle Connections

11st 2lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, briefly led 7th, lost third 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out

6/1

5th

6

1st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Warwick

Gentle Connections

11st 8lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

in rear, dropped to last 9th, never on terms

8/1

12th

3

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:15 Exeter

Gentle Connections

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield

12/1

25/1

Form: 12-P6P D

Last run: 106 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Promising for Dan Skelton in 2021 but was sidelined for 16 months and a shadow of his old self since, pulled up for the second time when cheekpieces fitted in December (discarded here); can only watch for new yard.

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13th

11

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:15 Exeter

Gregor

11st 1lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

held up in rear

25/1

2

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

11:55 Market Rasen

Gregor

11st 12lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, lost position and pushed along briefly 3rd, reminders after 4th, ridden and struggling after 5th

10/1

6th

7

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

15:17 Doncaster

Gregor

11st 9lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Won a Stratford novice (2m, good) last summer but after 486 days off he was pulled up on his handicap debut at Warwick (2m3f, soft; weak 18-1 shot) last month; still unexposed in this sphere but that was a laboured effort last time and he is best watched unless market is persuasive.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £753.00
Straight Forecast £654.10
Tricast £2634.20
Trifecta £3702.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gyenyame

TOPSPEED:

Midnight Ginger

Daily Mail:

Bannister

Daily Mirror:

Jolly Nellerie

POSTDATA:

Le Patron

RP Ratings:

General Medrano

WEST COUNTRY:

Platinumcard

Telegraph:

Gyenyame

The Guardian:

Gyenyame

D Express:

Gyenyame

The Star:

Gyenyame

Daily Record:

Gyenyame

The Times:

Midnight Ginger

The Sun:

Bannister