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15:40 Exeter

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Keystone Group Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4488.85
  • 3m 0f 54y
  • Class 5
  • 8 runners
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Keystone Group Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 0P53-2

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Unexposed; solid hurdles effort at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) last month on handicap/seasonal debut, finishing second behind a progressive sort who was on the third leg of a five-timer; interesting off just 1lb higher, assuming he takes well to first-time cheekpieces and fences.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

6

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Exeter

Bampton Star

10st 11lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Runner-up on handicap hurdle debut at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) last month then went one better on recent chase debut over today's C&D (soft) in first-time cheekpieces (retained); he was clear with the in-form runner-up and could have plenty more to offer over fences; a 6lb rise may not stop him.

9/4

1st

5

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:40 Exeter

Bampton Star

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Unexposed; solid hurdles effort at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) last month on handicap/seasonal debut, finishing second behind a progressive sort who was on the third leg of a five-timer; interesting off just 1lb higher, assuming he takes well to first-time cheekpieces and fences.

4/1

11/8

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 2/F-21 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 12st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 10yo who normally has space between his races; opened his account with a 12l success at Ludlow (3m, soft) last week on return from another layoff; good chance under a penalty provided he doesn't bounce; future mark 5lb higher.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

17:08 Wincanton

Supervisor

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Returned from a break to win comfortably at Ludlow (3m, soft) and very nearly defied a penalty in another Class 5 at Exeter; however, he was found out by the rise in class (and a 6lb higher mark) when behind First Lord De Cuet at Newbury; had no obvious excuses that day other than some fences were omitted.

11/4

4th

11

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Supervisor

10st 2lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Lightly raced 10yo; bolted up after a break at Ludlow (3m, soft) and only narrowly failed to defy a penalty under the same conditions at Exeter (headed on the line); a further 6lb higher today and this is his third run in fairly quick succession, but needs respecting nonetheless.

6/1

2nd

1

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:40 Exeter

Supervisor

12st 3lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Lightly raced 10yo who normally has space between his races; opened his account with a 12l success at Ludlow (3m, soft) last week on return from another layoff; good chance under a penalty provided he doesn't bounce; future mark 5lb higher.

11/8

20/1

  • Place: £6.90

Form: 028P-P

Last run: 103 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Achieved nothing in 2m5f handicap hurdle here on sole run this term (had wind surgery since) and remains far from solid on rules form; may improve for this switch to chasing, having shown promise in points.

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6th

4

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

15:05 Ffos Las

Inchagoill Lady

11st 5lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Lightly raced hurdler and, following a wind operation, she was a 13l third over 3m at Exeter on chase debut; ended up tailed off back over the same C&D last week but was running well until a late mistake and then eased; not ruled out with assured stamina an asset here.

8/1

3rd

5

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:45 Exeter

Inchagoill Lady

11st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Pulled up over hurdles when 100-1 for stable debut in November but, following a wind op, fared considerably better when third over C&D (soft) on last month's chasing debut; 2lb lower today and a major player if the first-time cheekpieces have any positive effect.

9/2

3rd

4

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:40 Exeter

Inchagoill Lady

11st 7lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Achieved nothing in 2m5f handicap hurdle here on sole run this term (had wind surgery since) and remains far from solid on rules form; may improve for this switch to chasing, having shown promise in points.

20/1

Form: /P0-6P

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Point winner; largely poor form under rules and continues to be well out of the weights; opposed on second chase attempt.

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2nd

4

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

15:08 Wincanton

Firefly Lane

10st 5lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

Modest hurdler but she won a point and was having only her third run over fences when delivering a career best to finish second at Taunton (2m5f, soft) when 10lb out of the weights; now 3lb higher but she has something to build on.

2/1

2nd

11

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Firefly Lane

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

Won a point but rules form is poor and has a lot to prove over fences, having pulled up on her first attempt and well held on her second; 10lb out of the weights.

50/1

4th

9

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:40 Exeter

Firefly Lane

10st 2lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

Point winner; largely poor form under rules and continues to be well out of the weights; opposed on second chase attempt.

40/1

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Form: 21-4P4

Last run: 39 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

All wins on good/good to soft, including twice off 9lb higher (hurdles/fences); not solid on this season's form but now drops in class looking attractively treated and may revive granted suitable ground; shortlisted.

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4th

7

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

Game Socks

11st 7lb

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Won handicap chase over this trip at Worcester in the summer of 2022 (good); mainly disappointing since and was pulled up at Plumpton when tried back over hurdles in first-time blinkers (retained) last time when reportedly he never travelled.

10/1

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Game Socks

11st 9lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Well handicapped on his winning form over hurdles and fences, but it's been hard work this season (chasing) following a long absence; risky in the first-time blinkers (replacing usual cheekpieces).

12/1

Form: P-2272 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Veteran who is threatening to regain the winning thread, having finished second in three of his four runs this term; unlucky at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft) ten weeks ago, as he might have won but for stumbling after the final fence; possibilities up just 2lb.

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3

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:40 Exeter

Unblinking

11st 9lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Robert Bevis

Veteran who is threatening to regain the winning thread, having finished second in three of his four runs this term; unlucky at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft) ten weeks ago, as he might have won but for stumbling after the final fence; possibilities up just 2lb.

5/1

2nd

5

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Unblinking

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Robert Bevis

Bang there in 3m2f/3m handicap chases back in May and he was a big market drifter when quiet on last week's return over hurdles (2m5f); there's good reason to expect more from him here.

14/1

7th

4

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Unblinking

11st 9lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Robert Bevis

Running well over fences when last seen, finishing second at Fontwell (3m2f, good to soft) and Ffos Las (3m, good to firm); raised a collective 7lb for those efforts and he's back hurdling over a shorter trip.

12/1

Form: P334-3 CD

Last run: 296 days

W: 10st 6lb

12 yo Mare

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Difficult to quantify her form in two points this winter; debatable whether she retains peak ability aged 12 but the return to Exeter is a plus, being 2-3 over C&D; those two wins came off higher marks in March 2022.

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7

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:40 Exeter

Wind Tor

10st 6lb

J: Miss Chloe Emsley

T: Polly Gundry

Difficult to quantify her form in two points this winter; debatable whether she retains peak ability aged 12 but the return to Exeter is a plus, being 2-3 over C&D; those two wins came off higher marks in March 2022.

10/1

3rd

5

17th May 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

15:10 Newton Abbot

Wind Tor

11st 0lb

J: Miss Chloe Emsley

T: Polly Gundry

Latest three efforts have been a return to some form but this thorough stayer has always looked best at Exeter on genuinely soft ground; could be in the shake-up if conditions don't dry too much.

8/1

4th

9

28th Apr 2023

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

17:20 Chepstow

Wind Tor

10st 7lb

J: Miss Chloe Emsley

T: Polly Gundry

Last season's form was much better; third over 3m at Exeter (scene of her only two wins under rules) one month ago and not disgraced at Fontwell nine days later; considered each-way.

9/1

Form: 385443

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Veteran who ran respectably behind a couple of younger rivals at Southwell (3m, heavy) last month; however, it's three years since his sole success; not the percentage call.

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8

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:40 Exeter

Bignorm

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

Veteran who ran respectably behind a couple of younger rivals at Southwell (3m, heavy) last month; however, it's three years since his sole success; not the percentage call.

10/1

3rd

9

18th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Bignorm

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

disputed lead, lost position after 3 out, switched right and rallied before 2 out, weakened gradually after 2 out

10/1

4th

9

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:25 Southwell

Bignorm

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

Scored on heavy ground in March 2021 but that remains his only win from 29 starts; place case can be made but others look stronger for the win.

16/1

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Exacta £140.00
Straight Forecast £120.90
Tricast £1852.70
Trifecta £2213.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Supervisor

RP RATINGS:

Wind Tor

SPOTLIGHT:

Bampton Star

Daily Mirror:

Unblinking

WEST COUNTRY:

Bampton Star

The Times:

Supervisor

Telegraph:

Supervisor

The Guardian:

Supervisor

Daily Mail:

Supervisor

D Express:

Supervisor

The Sun:

Supervisor

Daily Record:

Supervisor

TOPSPEED:

Wind Tor

The Star:

Wind Tor