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13:55 Exeter

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Rhino.Bet Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4092.77
  • 2m 5f 137y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Rhino.Bet Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: F73-U1 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Unseated rider on handicap debut but prevailed in a desperate scrap over C&D (soft) 19 days ago, form that may be quite strong for the grade as the second is well treated after a fallow spell and the pair were well clear; can improve and respected up just 3lb.

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2nd

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

Shuil Ceoil

11st 13lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Dug deep to open account at Exeter (2m5f, soft) in December but has suffered a dip in form in recent weeks; hooded for first time today; arrives with a point to prove.

16/1

10

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Warwick

Shuil Ceoil

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Dug deep to open account at Exeter in December and his subsequent second to Bobalot at Fontwell (also 2m5f, soft) was another good effort; well behind Zonda when fourth on heavy ground last month but is not yet fully exposed and enters calculations.

10/1

4th

5

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:50 Wincanton

Shuil Ceoil

11st 4lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

All out to win a Class 5 handicap at Exeter (2m5f, soft) and again ran well to be second off 3lb higher at Fontwell; up another 2lb but Thomasina Eyston takes off 7lb this time and this 6yo has some scope about him.

4/1

Form: 97-750

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Just minor form in bumpers and three hurdles but has high-class staying jumpers in his pedigree so was never going to be suited by that trip; has more going for him upped in trip on a stiff track now handicapping.

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4th

3

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Mountain Bay

11st 11lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

held up in rear, outpaced 5th

25/1

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:40 Fakenham

Mountain Bay

11st 11lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

in rear, reminder after 7th, weakened and pulled up before 10th

20/1

6th

4

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:50 Plumpton

Mountain Bay

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Down the field at big prices in two bumpers and same story in three hurdle runs since October; needs a transformation at this new trip.

50/1

Form: 45-691

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Didn't reveal much in his qualifying runs but he looked better the further he went when successfully upped to 2m7f on his handicap debut at Newcastle (soft) in November; up 9lb and those behind have done little for the form since but he looks a promising stayer for in-form yard.

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1st

3

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

16:05 Wincanton

Tune In A Box

11st 8lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Comfortable wins this season in first two handicaps (2m7f/3m, soft) then narrowly denied hat-trick at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) four weeks ago; he's another 3lb higher today but this 5yo could still have more to offer.

5/4

2nd

7

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:30 Ffos Las

Tune In A Box

11st 5lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd

6/5

1st

4

25th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:10 Wetherby

Tune In A Box

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Well-backed winner when upped in trip on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m7f, soft) in November; hit with 9lb rise but had plenty in hand and could still be ahead of the handicapper.

9/4

Form: 444/76

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won 2m3f maiden hurdle in 2021 but limited impact in handicaps over hurdles and fences since, the last twice back from absence; down a long way in the weights but still looks risky with cheekpieces fitted.

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0

13

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Champagne Rhythm

11st 1lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Soundly beaten over C&D in November after a long absence and also disappointed in a chase a fortnight later; needs to stage a revival but very well handicapped on old form (includes a soft-ground C&D win) and might be perked up by first-time cheekpieces.

25/1

Form: 97-284

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Squeak on his dead-heat for second at Newton Abbot (2m2f, good) last May but soft ground was the excuse for a heavy defeat at Lingfield in November; fair fourth at Taunton since (3m, good) but major going doubts today.

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6th

6

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:38 Wincanton

Robinsville

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

0-10; had wind surgery after pulling up here in January and shaped better behind the prolific Lady Balko last time at Taunton (3m, soft); dropping in distance shouldn't be any hardship and he can go well.

13/2

4th

13

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Robinsville

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

0-8 over hurdles but the form of his C&D fourth (good ground) in November has been very well advertised by the front pair since; pulled up with respiratory issue in January but had wind surgery soon afterwards and has tongue-tie fitted today; could have a say if he handles today's ground.

10/1

Form: 684-0

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Beaten more than 36l in a bumper, and three maiden/novice hurdles at about 2m5f, but dam's siblings include three smart jumpers so there may be much more forthcoming now handicapping off a lowly mark.

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5

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:35 Ffos Las

Wonder Of The Seas

10st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Ran big race in defeat when fitted with cheekpieces for last month's chasing debut at Southwell (3m, heavy), and bumped into a progressive subsequent winner when well-held second at Leicester (2m6f, soft) 23 days ago; likely contender here.

11/4

2nd

4

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

15:50 Leicester

Wonder Of The Seas

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Took a step in a positive direction when switching to fences at Southwell (3m, heavy; runner-up in first-time cheekpieces) last month; 3lb higher but is lightly raced and open to further improvement from this lowly mark; rates as the most obvious threat to Montgomery.

11/4

2nd

6

18th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Wonder Of The Seas

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

in touch with leaders, headway and pressed winner on turn before 2 out, not fluent and lost ground 2 out, rallied and joined winner run-in, no extra inside final 110yds

11/2

Form: 5904-1

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

No immediate improvement for the switch to handicaps but he overcome interference to lead close home back from a break at Market Rasen (2m7f, good to soft) in November; up just 3lb and no stamina worries but this will take more winning.

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6

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

16:15 Huntingdon

General Hubble

10st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Came good with narrow win at Market Rasen (2m7f, good to soft) in November, his fifth hurdle run, but two disappointing efforts followed, the latter his chase debut; switches back to hurdling with a point to prove.

8/1

5

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:25 Leicester

General Hubble

10st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Off the mark in handicap hurdle at Market Rasen (2m7f, good to soft) in November; soundly beaten at Southwell since but retains low mileage and may still have more to offer; change of headgear for chase debut.

11/2

7th

10

17th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:55 Southwell

General Hubble

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

prominent

9/2

Form: 93-451 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Beaten favourite on handicap debut here but the form worked out well; all out to get up close home when back over 2m4f, at Market Rasen (good to soft) on Boxing Day, but up just 3lb and has more to come as a stayer.

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Form: 77-P14 C BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Took advantage of career-low mark when winning over 2m2f (soft) here in December but has ground to make up on the less-exposed Shuil Ceoil on their C&D run since, albeit with more experienced handling this time.

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9

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Sindabella

10st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Exploited some significant help from the handicapper when winning by 6l at Exeter (2m2f, soft) in December, after a break, and is also suited by this C&D; her last two runs were underwhelming though and her overall profile is not persuasive.

14/1

4th

5

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:45 Taunton

Sindabella

11st 0lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Conditions were soft when a comfortable winner at Exeter in December and ran well back there next time; still on a competitive mark but does have to rebound after a modest run at Leicester and there are question marks against her on heavy.

16/1

9th

7

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

13:00 Leicester

Sindabella

10st 9lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

led

7/1

Abandoned

Form: 346-46

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced mare; no serious involvement in three handicaps from 2m to 2m5f and has a stiff task against unexposed rivals this time.

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11

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:55 Southwell

Harkangel

10st 2lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Tom Gretton

Others have more pressing claims judged on her four handicaps (2m, 2m5f, 2m4f and 3m); 5lb out of the handicap and a 5lb claimer is recruited.

25/1

7th

16

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

12:20 Doncaster

Harkangel

10st 5lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Gretton

Coming down the weights but others have more pressing claims judged on her three runs in handicaps (2m, 2m5f and 2m4f); tries a new trip.

25/1

Form: P740-6 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

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4th

8

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:38 Wincanton

Bellamys Grey

10st 4lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Carroll Gray

Runner-up over 2m4f here in February but he's a quirky veteran who often races very lazily, as was again evident when well beaten at Fontwell last time.

20/1

4th

4

18th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

16:48 Fontwell

Bellamys Grey

10st 7lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Carroll Gray

raced lazily at times, held up in rear, no impression from 3 out

11/2

4th

6

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

16:05 Wincanton

Bellamys Grey

10st 2lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Carroll Gray

Fair second here (2m4f, good to soft) four weeks ago but this inconsistent 12yo has a poor strike-rate and is 6lb out of the handicap today; others are more compelling.

25/1

Form: 8P7-P4

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

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3rd

11

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

16:05 Huntingdon

Getaway With You

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Paul Webber

Remains a maiden and he failed to build on earlier promise when only sixth in 2m4f Leciester handicap hurdle in January; others appeal more.

16/1

10

31st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

16:25 Leicester

Getaway With You

10st 5lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Paul Webber

Remains a maiden but he posted a very good fifth of 12 in 2m4f Sedgefield handicap 19 days ago; he can race off a 1lb lower mark here (despite being 2lb out of the handicap) so is much respected.

12/1

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Verdict

It’s not too fanciful to think that half the runners will prove capable of holding their own in handicaps off higher marks than they race off today. TUNE IN A BOX drew right away when making a successful handicap debut at Newcastle and while these rivals will offer more resistance the 5yo does look promising. The main dangers can come from Shuil Ceoil and Major Fortune but there are also possibilities about the well-connected handicap newcomers Mountain Bay and Wonder Of The Seas.[Emily Weber]