Through The Card: Exeter, Sunday February 14

Jumps racing in Britain on Sunday comes from Exeter
Jumps racing in Britain on Sunday comes from Exeter

Timeform take you through a good card at Exeter on Sunday.

"It may be be worth taking him on with Easter Day who returned to form when a close second at Taunton last time..."

14:10 - Bumper winner Rolling Dylan narrowly failed to justify strong support on his hurdles debut at Taunton a month ago, but it was a sound start nonetheless, and it's interesting that he's usurped Brelan D'as (who cost plenty from France after a wide-margin hurdles success) as favourite here. They are not the only horses in the field open to improvement, however, with Overtown Express and Bound Hill also in that category.

14:40 - With the potentially high-class hurdler Buveur d'Air a non-runner on account of the heavy ground, this looks like a penalty kick for Politologue for all the drop back to two miles isn't ideal.

15:10 - A really hot handicap, for all that Zeroeshadesofgrey (ran yesterday) and The Romford Pele are out. J. P. McManus' Scoop The Pot made a very encouraging return to action when third to the reopposing Unowhatimeanharry (who's done extremely well as a member of our Fifty To Follow this season) at Cheltenham in November and can turn the tables on that rival with the step up in trip expected to be right up his street. The Eaglehaslanded is another progressive sort who should go well.

15:40 - Midnight Prayer is more straightforward than the majority of his rivals in this veterans' chase and has sound prospects of recording his seventh career victory following his much more convincing performance when runner-up to Russe Blanc in the Classic Chase at Warwick last month. He now only has five rivals to beat and not nine, with Shotavodka (never been one in which to place maximum faith, but will likely go close if putting his best foot forward) and in-form Golden Chieftain his biggest dangers.

16:10 - Three non-runners means this race has changed notably from how it looked yesterday. Fingals Bay sets the standard, but only narrowly, and it's perhaps worth noting that he's won just one (chase debut back in 2012) of his nine starts over fences. It may be be worth taking him on with Easter Day who returned to form when a close second at Taunton last time and hails from a yard (Paul Nicholls) that have come good again in the last two weeks; Easter Day and Fingal Bay also hold entries in the BetBright Chase at Kempton in two weeks time. The return to three miles will help Masters Hill, but his jumping can let him down.

16:40 - Another race decimated by non-runners, so much so that only Southfield Vic (long odds on) and de Bene Esse line up.

17:10 - Westend Story created a very favourable impression when justifying odds-on favouritism in a Huntingdon bumper on his Rules debut in December and, with his yard having won three of the last five runnings of this race, including with Fingal Bay in 2011, he should take plenty of beating here. Molineaux is a brother to bumper winner/very smart hurdler Voler La Vedette and commands respect.

Recommended bets:
Back Easter Day in the 16:10
Back Westend Story in the 17:10

Placepot permutation:
14:10 - 8
14:40 - 2
15:10 - 9, 12
15:40 - 1
16:10 - 1
16:40 - 5
= 2 lines

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