Exeter Placepot: Sunday February 8

Richard Johnson could have a good day at Exeter
Richard Johnson could have a good day at Exeter

There's a good meeting at Exeter this afternoon and that is where we head for Sunday's attempt at the Placepot...

13:25- Bumper winner The Eaglehaslanded will obviously be popular on his hurdling debut, but he comes up against a couple of rivals in Javert and Robinsson who have already shaped with promise in this sphere. Javert still looks raw, but he's certainly got ability and remains open to improvement, while Robinsson will be well suited by this step up in trip having caught the eye with some good work at the finish at Bangor. 

13:55- Emerging Talent and War Sound should fight out the finish here, with preference for the latter who made a highly-impressive debut at this venue on New Year's Day and remains open to any amount of improvement. That was War Sound's debut in any sphere, so it bodes well that he was able to run to such a meritorious level, and he is an exciting prospect worth following closely.

14:25- Southfield Royale had no answer to War Sound here on New Year's Day, or Oscar Sunset at Taunton, but he still ran creditably, confirming the impression that he's a steadily-progressive type, and he may yet do better. This step up in trip ought to suit and he should give a good account. We will also include Big Easy as he has run well in a number of three-mile handicap hurdles this season, unlucky not to pick up one, and there's no reason to think he won't produce another bold showing. 

14:55- This is a competitive contest, featuring some old favourites, and Chance du Roy looks to have as good a chance as any. Chance du Roy showed that plenty of ability still remains intact when he put up a creditable effort to finish fifth in the Becher Chase, and he looks likely to run his race, which is obviously a big positive from a Placepot perspective. We will also include Rebel Rebellion as he comes into this contest in good form, having displayed a pleasing attitude to win at Ascot, and he represents a powerful yard going well. 

15:25- Fingal Bay is the class act in the field and will take this with ease if operating at the top of his game. He did fold tamely in the Hennessy last time, though, and has an obvious question to answer, so it is also worth including Masters Hill in the permutation as he looks best placed to capitalise should the favourite fail to give his running.  

16:00- Southfield Theatre wasn't at his best last time but he had previously created a favourable impression over fences and ought to bounce back. He jumps soundly, stays well and should have little difficulty finishing in the first two. 

Recommendations:
13:25- 6, 10
13:55- 2
14:25- 2, 5
14:55- 1, 4
15:25- 2, 5
16:00- 3
= 16 lines

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