The race that Dan Skelton’s six-year-old won at Southwell in December has turned out to be one of the strongest contests of the season.
The second, third and fourth, Another Crick, Doc Carver and Castafiore, have all won since and Destrier managed to give plenty of weight all round.
He faces two formidable opponents in Reivers Lad, who Nicky Richards thinks the world of, and Sam’s Gunner who won the EBF Final at Sandown last season.
GOLDEN PROMISE (nb) has posted three solid efforts and as long as there is no overnight deluge he looks overpriced at Exeter.
He likes good ground and looks better punting value than Haldon Hill.
WELL ABOVE PAR (trb) has excelled with his jumping in two races at Hexham and was only just beaten by the promising Glittering Love last time out.
He looks a safe bet to go very close for the in-form trainer Lucinda Russell.
12.50 GLINGER FLAME
1.25 ASK BEN
2.00 DESTRIER (NAP)
3.05 WELL ABOVE PAR (TR)
3.40 CHOCOLAT NOIR
1.10 TRANS EXPRESS
1.45 GOLDEN PROMISE (N.B)
2.20 CATCHIN TIME
2.50 PRINTING DOLLARS
4.00 BIG TIME FRANK
4.30 YOUNG LIEUTENANT