Racing guru Rhys Williams has picked out two horses he fancies at Exeter, including a big each-way shout in the finale...
"The way that Mollyvico travelled for much of the race suggests that she’s got ability and I think she could be seen to better effect today too."
Gunning for gold
Horses are often seen running the 'wrong way round' over jumps, whether due to lack of suitable opportunities, an opportunity to run in a big race or connections simply not picking up on an obvious preference.
I don't know which of those has been the case with Legends Gold but having jumped and hung right over hurdles at Warwick last season and jumped right on chasing debut at Ffos Las this season, it appeared the obvious thing to do was to avoid running left-handed if possible. However, she surprisingly appeared at Uttoxeter for her penultimate start where she once again jumped right but despite that, looked likely to win when jumping right at 2 out and falling.
Legends Gold was ridden prominently on both of her first two runs over fences but that wasn't the case at Warwick (left-handed yet again!) on her latest start in a Listed novice chase. She was never travelling with the same enthusiasm as on her previous start and again jumped right and struggled badly behind a couple of today's rivals.
I'm expecting Legends Gold to be far better suited by going right-handed today and hopefully they will revert to riding her prominently and make use of her proven stamina, while a few rivals have to prove they stay 3m on a stiff track. She has had a wind op since her latest start which suggests there was another issue at Warwick and hopefully the combination of these factors can allow her to show her true ability.
Price too good to ignore in the finale
Three horses who ran in a bumper over C&D last month reoppose each other in the bumper today and while two of them head the market, the other has been completely ignored and may be capable of running better than her huge price suggests.
Mollyvico was sent off at 200-1 for her debut and finished eighth, 13 lengths behind Top Of The Bill and just under 11 lengths behind The Plimsoll Line, but showed promise. Wearing a hood, she raced very wide and was green going over the car entrance to the course. She made ground turning into the back straight to race prominently and continued to hold that position before moving into a share of the lead entering the home straight. She managed to stay with Flemenstide until just before going through the wings of 2 out and gradually dropped away from that point.
The way that Mollyvico travelled for much of the race suggests that she's got ability and I think she could be seen to better effect today too. In this smaller field and with no confirmed front runner, the pace could be slower putting more emphasis on speed and that's likely to be more in her favour than some of her rivals, including favourite Top Of The Bill who has looked a stayer in both starts.
The hood comes off, which is often a positive move, and the tongue tie goes on which suggests that there may have been a reason other than ability or lack of stamina for her dropping away in the closing stages on debut. I think her chance has been overlooked by the market and 100-1 certainly appeals each way.
RHYS' PROFIT/LOSS 2021
P&L: 0.00 points