Selected Exeter – soft ground on this undulating , stiff and galloping track
1.30 Short priced fav in the consistent Hold That Taught but has a bit to do off this mark and up in grade . The handicapper has been stern handing out a 7 pound fine to Highland Hunter so preference in a winnable heat for L’air Du Vent , a smart winner over C&D but then flopped at Cheltenham . The quality of his form puts him on a good mark and nice odds.
½ pt win L’Air Du Vent @ 15/2
2.00 You could make a good case for many here and just too many contenders.
2.35 The issue with most of these in the longer trip on this very demanding track and no knowing which of these will manage to stay this tough C&d the best .
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3.45 Sorry folks, not much help here today and this is ultra competitive and the only one for the red line is the poorly handicapped Panic Attack .
Selected Lingfield – all weather – polytrack
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2.20 Crimewave has a hefty 5 pound penalty for another win over C&D which will be hard to overcome . Byford has done nothing wrong in 3 runs with 2 wins and a 2nd and of course has strong claims today but at the odds, despite being on a tough mark and running a rare tame one last time, Oslo makes appeal at the odds.
¼ pt win Oslo @ 7/1
3.30 You’d expect Mercurist to land this modest heat down in trip as main danger hunters Step has a hefty 5 pound penalty , but I can afford to pass at 6/4.
4,05 Another modest event and hard to see veteran The Warrior doubling up with a hefty penalty and dropping in trip , but at least he’s in top form .
4.35 I was with Saaheq good style last time out when bounding clear for a smart win over C&D, but this is much deeper and the 4 pound hit will have an impact . Tin Hat is the likely leader and both Pop dancer and Outrage are useful in thus grade and the nod goes to the latter , despite a rare bad one last time .
¼ pt win Outrage @ 11/2
5.10 Meeko is certainly shaping like a winner about to happen , despite being a 10 race maiden . He was very unlucky behind Swooper last time and stays on the same mark but from the worst of the draw and under an inexperienced jockey , he’d very well to win and I can wait for his big day .
Selected Warwick – good to soft on this flat and sharp track
1.37 This looks very much a match between the two winners in the field in Cabot Cliffs , a determined winner over C&d last time and the ex-French Heross Du seuill who looked a bit lucky to win last time as a last flight faller looked to have the race safe . He’s a hold up type while Canot Cliffs goes with the pace and I’m with this determined sort .
½ pt win Cabot Cliffs @ 9/4
2.45 A frustrating race as it’s so winnable but NOTHING fits the requirements , so wont be playing .
3.53 Precious Cargo was running a very good race at last year’s Cheltenham Festival until taking a late fall and on his reappearance bumped into useful novice Master Tommytucker and should be up to landing a winnable heat .
½ pt win Precious Cargo @ 10/3
I’ve given the Dundalk card the swerve as the races are highly competitive and hard to narrow it down , resulting in too much guesswork, not the way I like to work .
Selected Wolver – all weather – tapeta
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5.15 The likeable veteran Steelriver runs this C&D very well but not quite at his best of late . He’s a hold up type and despite a clear edge at the weights, this is going to be tactical and may well not get the run of the race . The prolific Onebaba could pinch it, but no value here .
5.45 The front running Fred , after a spell in the doldrums is suddenly on a hat-trick but he has the worst of the draw, other front runners compete and is new to the surface, so all in all hard to fancy up in the weights, despite me Napping him to Members last time for a 9/1 victory . One Hart has clear claims while C&d specialist Eldelbar is now on a tough mark . All you wish ran well over C&d last time and the wind op is a positive for the stable so worth a dabble .
¼ pt ew All You wish @ 10/1
6.15 The youngsters at the foot of the weights in Puffin Island and Star act look very likely to fight this one out but hard to split .
6.45 Pretty Way goes up in trip and in the ratings so could struggle to double up while the luckless Gonzaga doesn’t know how to a run a bad race and is proven over C&D but rewarded with a nudge up the weights . This time last year viola Park was running big races over C&D off much higher marks but has been struggling for a while but last few runs a bit better and on a good mark tonight .
¼ pt ew Viola Park @ 8/1
7.15 Raise the Roof was heavily supported over C&d on her debut but only ran a fair race but the backers have returned and she’s only even money . Greystoke ran to his mark last time and that is the best form in the field. May try and lead all the way.
½ pt ew Greystoke @ 6/1
7.45 The prolific Nortonthorpe Boy is just now on too tough a mark but the other three are very hard to split .
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