3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Ghadbbaan 1.00 @ 5/2
Ecossais 1.40 @ 9/4
Lethal Levi 3.15 @ 7/4
Selected Ponty – soft ground on this undulating, galloping and very stiff track
1.00Maketh Believith will have no trouble with the ground and remains on a workable mark but may well need the run returning from a 5 months break . The ground is the issue for recent Donny 2nd Champagne Terri , but as this is her 2nd run after a long absence , likely to bounce . She was beaten 2 lengths by Ghadbbaan , who did well to win dropping in trip and giving them a start and a beating . He’s up 5 pounds but was competitive off similar marks last season and as he stays very well , fair to assume this stiff track will suit and no issue with soft ground .
½ pt win Ghadbbaan @ 5/2
2.05 PREMIUM RACE
2.40 PREMIUM RACE
3.15 The mightily consistent Lethal Levi , 2 wins , 4 seconds and 2 thirds in 8 starts last season ! has little to prove as he ended the season with a close 2nd over C&D in the mud off this mark and looks a very solid fav .
½ pt win Lethal Levi @ 7/4
3.50 As Soul Stopper is proven in the mud and on a stiff track , he’s going to be hard to beat .
3/4pt win Soul Stopper @ 5/6
4.25 Not a deep finale and a very decent chance for the fairly lightly raced Gainsbourg to go 2 from 2 over C&D on soft ground , despite now racing off a 6 pound higher mark and returning from a 5 months break.
½ pt win Gainsbourg @ 3/1
Selected Southwell – good ground on this flat and sharp track
1.40 Five of these are very well handicapped but just not cutting the mustard at all and it’s best to concentrate upon the two form horses in the revitalised veteran Steel Wave, 2 wins and 3 seconds in his last 5 , including one over C&D on good ground , but a further 6 pound hike makes another success tough , but we know he’ll be trying . Ecossais has a terrific record here , 3 wins and a 2nd in 4 tries and while drying ground may not be ideal . ticks the majority of important boxes .
¼ pt win Ecossais @ 9/4
2.15 A chance can be given to all three but as both Stepney Causeway and Sir tivo are both going to bomb off , the likeable , in form and useful Hardy De Seuil can pick up the pieces with ground , trip and mark no issue .
½ p t win Hardy De Seuil @ 11/8
3.25 Not a deep novice hurdle and preference for decent flat horse Daniel Deronda after a good 2nd over C&D last time .
¼ pt win Daniel Deronda @ 3/1
4.00 PREMIUM RACE
4.35 PREMIUM RACE
5.05 Ange Endormi made a right fist of it over C&D last time in his first handicap , trying to make all. And did well to be a 4 lengths 2nd . He’s up 4 pounds , which looks harsh , but has a cracking race make up for a front runner in a field of mostly late players and could take some catching . The prolific pair of Irish Sovereign and Ten Past Midnight remain on workable marks and both are C&D winners on quick ground , and represent the biggest dangers .
¼ pt win Ange Endormi @ 4/1
Selected Exeter – good to firm on this undulating , galloping and stiff track
1.50 A seller for openers and it looks likely to be a fight between the three market leaders in the ex-Irish An Marcach having his first start for Richard Newland , but quick ground looks a no no for him . Secret Seven ran well twice in this grade on quick ground in the Autumn and looks more of a threat to recent chase winner Ring The Moon , who does have form on fast ground and around here .
¼ pt win Ring The Moon @ 4/1
3.35 The clear form horse is recent Wincanton 2nd Wetandwindy , and has the ground in his favour , but with no front runner in the field , this could get tactical and just a dabble .
¼ pt win wetandwindy @ 7/4
No Exeter placepot