Several big-field handicaps mean that Exeter may pay well. The Placepot there is too tempting to resist.
"This is our headline banker. Forget the rest, interesting though some no doubt are: Brantingham Breeze’s second... to Solstice Son last time makes her outstandingly handicapped from the same mark here."
14:10 - A seller isn't the ideal starting point. The saving grace here is that nothing appears to have the ability to match Slaney Star. In fact, Jim Best's charge is the biggest danger to himself, likely to have been below form in a similar event last time even if he hadn't fallen two out. The fact he might have won even so says plenty, especially considering that this is no stronger a race.
14:40 - Leg two is arguably the trickiest of the lot, though a 19-runner field does at least afford us four places. Henryville goes in first, the way he went about things at Fontwell last time suggesting a big-field scenario will draw out some of his latent ability. Here's Herbie gets in as second choice. He's gone up 10 lb for winning over C&D last time in much more testing conditions, but a positive reading of the form entitles him to the best chance at the weights. His current position in the betting doesn't reflect that and, ground doubts aside, there's no reason he shouldn't do himself justice again.
15:10 - There's a favourite to shoot at in this novice handicap chase and a handful of interesting prospects besides. Daymar Bay wouldn't be the very best prospect in the field, but the way he's taken to chasing coupled with a couple of pleasing runs in jumpers' bumpers of late marks him as just about the most solid. Sure Thing is just preferred over Toby Lerone for the second position. Sure Thing's recent chasing debut was a promising one as he drew clear with another promising sort, while his point form means he's more experienced than first look might suggest.
15:40 - Unless we want this to get expensive we're going to have to save lines somewhere and this looks one of the better opportunities. It's difficult to have faith in many of these, so Nodebateaboutit can go in alone. He's been treated as the winner for his second-placed finish here last time but that's what he would have been had he not been wiped out by a loose horse on the run-in. If the cheekpieces remain effective Nodebateaboutit should be thereabouts again. Those wishing for backup should plump for Susquehanna River, who tends to go well when getting the lead and may be granted it here.
16:10 - This is our headline banker. Forget the rest, interesting though some no doubt are: Brantingham Breeze's second (an old-money distance clear of the remainder) to Solstice Son last time makes her outstandingly handicapped from the same mark here. If she turns up in the same form she won't be out of the first three.
16:40 - Besides the consistent The Darling Boy, who is the lead selection, we are probably better trying to predict which of the handicap debutants will fare best as opposes to second-guessing others in this low-grade handicap. Morning money suggests Rafafie might be ready to go now handicapping, though greater faith is placed in Comte d'Anjou. His bumper win came here and it's been a failure to settle that's held him back over hurdles so far. A big-field handicap should go some way to remedying that.
14:10 - 3
14:40 - 2, 15
15:10 - 8, 10
15:40 - 5
16:10 - 7
16:40 - 3, 9
= 8 lines