IT’S usually a quiet week of racing up till Cheltenham will get occurring Friday.
There’s a Listed chase at Bangor – nonetheless solely 4 run – and so we head to Exeter for the race of the day preview.
Nick Gifford’s The Mighty Don ought to be successful this on naked rankings, however everyone knows that’s not fairly how issues work on this world.
He was a stable staying hurdler final season, with out troubling the large weapons, and has the good thing about a run over fences below his belt.
Nonetheless, he was beat right here in an identical race on the finish of October and this once more appears to be an insufficient journey for him to essentially shine.
That leaves this race wide-open with solely 2lbs separating the following three within the betting.
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Fergal O’Brien has his crew flying alongside at a price of knots and has Coolanly make his chase debut on this.
He was a Grade 2-winning novice hurdler however misplaced his approach final season and except the fences actually convey out some main enchancment, he appears susceptible to a much less uncovered kind.
Couer Blimey goes nicely at Exeter however connections have left it late to go over fences and he’s by no means screamed chaser.
He began out again on this sphere with a stable fourth within the Welsh Champion Hurdle however was match from the flat and there’s little signal of any important enchancment to return.
ESPRIT DU LARGE has loads of rising to do nonetheless however made a taking chase debut at Carlisle final time and can love the additional distance right here.
He was given a simple sufficient time and made good late progress to seize second behind a wise Brian Ellison winner.
There will probably be lots extra to return this season from Evan Williams’ horse, however he has the scope to take this and the stiff end at Exeter ought to go well with.
Williams by no means rushes his horses and this lightly-raced five-year-old nonetheless has loads of time to return good however ought to get that underway right here.
The 2 we haven’t talked about – Noruki and Sea Vacation spot – look to have little probability.
The latter makes solely his second begin below guidelines and hardly set the Level-to-Level world alight, whereas Noruki has proven very, little or no of late.
3.05 Exeter Choice
3.05 Exeter – Esprit Du Massive