Horses to Note at Exeter on Friday

Updated: 16/07/2024

Worcestershire trainer Henry Oliver has fired in five winners from fifteen runners in the past 28 days and he sends out five interesting runners on Friday, including two horses at Exeter well worth keeping an eye on…

The first is a sound stayer called CHASE END CHARLIE, who runs in the GG.CO.UK sponsored handicap hurdle over 2m7f at 1.30pm. This horse took some time to come to hand in 2018, but his last two efforts when 2nd over 2m4f at Market Rasen and 3rd over 3m1f at Hereford last time, suggesting he is approaching the kind of form required to pick up a race from a current BHA rating of 115. The step back in trip by two furlongs should be a help and Exeter’s galloping, right handed track will hopefully suit.

If you’re a forecast punter, Trans Express is also right in this contest if Sue Gardner’s 9yo can prove he stays this far. Printing Dollars and Good And Hardy are unexposed runners representing good stables, indeed it is a good quality Class 4 contest, with a due nod to the top weight and popular Buywise seeking a confidence boosting round over hurdles.

The 2.05pm is a very interesting race from a viewing perspective, but a fiendish looking Pertemps Qualifier for punters to negotiate. Thomas Campbell jumps off the page a bit for Nicky Henderson, while it would be nice to see a lot more from Dan Skelton’s promising Robin Waters here after a wind operation.

The GG Tips Novices’ Hurdle at 3.10pm is another interesting contest with several horses worthy of mention. Ask Dillon probably brings the smartest form to the table following an Ascot win last time out, but the race didn’t produce the best of speed figures and perhaps he had the run of things there. French recruit Accomplice has no fancy entries just yet but is of obvious interest for Paul Nicholls, while the David Pipe trained UMBRIGADO may just prove the best each way value, despite shouldering a penalty here. This 5yo son of Stowaway had a bit of a fight on his hands at Southwell between the last two flights, against a determined Venetia Williams trained 2nd favourite called Khage (who will make a nice chaser) back in December. But Umbrigado responded really generously for pressure to score handsomely come the line, with the pair pulling well clear of the rest. Exeter is a vastly different track and this is a warmer race, but he certainly is going the right way.

35 minutes later in the GG Fast Results Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, the second of the aforementioned Henry Oliver trained runners heads to post in the shape of LOVE LANE, a very much in-form mare who comes here on the back of recent wins at Market Rasen and Chepstow. Her handicap mark has risen from 110 to 123 now, but she’s been given a few weeks of, looks to be a promising youngster and this is not the deepest of races. She is another Stowaway offspring, who incidentally boast an impressive 24% (12/50) strike rate at Exeter in recent seasons.

The Class 3 GG Racing Podcast Chase, a limited handicap for novices, has attracted a field of seven running for a very healthy prize of £17,400 at 4.50pm. I think the horse to back is Captain Cattistock, who hasn’t had things go his way of late, but he could be very nicely handicapped over fences for Paul Nicholls here off a BHA mark of just 137 under ‘Talk of the Town’ Harry Cobden. Sky Pirate is getting over a fall here, while Molineaux isn’t the most consistent horse, so this could be a really good opening for Captain Cattistock.

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