Through The Card: Exeter, Tuesday 22 October

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" exciting addition to the novice hurdle ranks..."

Timeform on Eden du Houx

13:50 - DON JUAN DU GOUET (1) capitalised on a drop in the weights to score convincingly at Stratford last time out and it is no surprise to see him turned out again under a penalty. He is up against a relatively exposed field and if he produces anything close to a repeat of his latest performance he should be tough to beat.

14:25 - David Pipe's exciting dual bumper winner EDEN DU HOUX (3) makes his hurdle debut here after beating a host of promising sorts in a listed contest at Ascot in December (five from that race have won since). He showed an excellent attitude in the closing stages, finding plenty following some initial greenness, and is an exciting addition to the novice hurdle ranks.

15:00 - JUBILYMPICS (6) arrives here on a fair mark after an encouraging first outing for her new stable this month and won't need to improve much on that to go close here. She stayed on well at Warwick last time out and shaped as though a longer trip will suit, so the step up to three miles is in her favour.

15:35 - REIKERS ISLAND (1) has been struggling in much more competitive handicaps than this after being stepped up in class following his impressive victory at Wincanton in December, but this looks an easier task and he is taken to get back on track for the in-form Phillip Hobbs team. There's not a lot of pace in the race, which will suit his front-running style nicely, and he should be bang there if he can get his jumping right.

16:10 - SOUTHFIELD STONE's (2) was an impressive winner of a Grade 2 novices' hurdle at Kempton last season, and his physique suggests the switch from hurdles to fences shouldn't be a problem. He struggled when finishing last in a Grade 1 at Aintree, but this is a much easier task and he is expected to get his chasing career off to a flying start.

16:40 - After running poorly on his first two starts over fences WRITE IT DOWN (10) returned to form at Warwick last time, winning a handicap chase. He looks well treated on his hurdle form and must be taken seriously for a top stable.

17:10 - Alan King's yard historically do very well with bumper debutants so Karastani (13) makes the most obvious appeal in this field of unraced three-year-olds. Karastani is half-sister to five winners, including two useful sorts, and is the pick of the bunch in a difficult race to assess.

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