Horse Racing Tips: Rhys Williams likes a handicap debutant at Exeter

Our racing expert has one selection on Friday

Rhys Williams has analysed Friday's racing and has a sole selection at Exeter...

"He also has the benefit of Jack Tudor being in the saddle in a conditionals and amateurs race."

Stiffer test of stamina to suit

Exeter 12:25: Rectory Oak 1pt win 11/4

Rectory Oak showed promise on debut at this track in a bumper back in May 2019 when finishing second to Story Of Friends. He was off the track for 501 days after that and on his return he ran well again in a bumper at Newton Abbot when finishing a close fourth.

His first two efforts over hurdles last season were far less promising but that was no surprise given the virus in the yard and he duly showed more on his return to action this season at Wincanton.

He initially raced quite handily on the outside before dropping back a little turning away from the stands. He was briefly pushed along towards the end of the back straight and again on the long run to the last (usual 2 out) as he became outpaced by the leading trio. He continued to plug on for driving in the straight while unable to get close to the leaders and was beaten 15½ lengths into fifth.

1m7f on good ground around Wincanton looked far too sharp a test for Rectory Oak and I think the stiff 2m2½f today will bring improvement from him. He also has the benefit of Jack Tudor being in the saddle in a conditionals and amateurs race.

He is officially 4lb well in today as his rating was raised on Tuesday due to collateral form and I think he has a very good chance to get off the mark in a race where most of these have already proven themselves to be moderate. Although he is favourite I think he should be shorter and any 2/1 or bigger appeals.


Staked: 432.50pts
Returned: 576.14pts
P/L: +143.64pts

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