Through The Card: Exeter, Thursday April 21

There is racing from Exeter on Thursday
There is racing from Exeter on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at Exeter on Thursday.

"Conor Ring is two from four this season when riding for Hugo Froud."

16:55 - All of the front three in the market were below form last time and with no support coming in for much else, this is tricky stuff. However, Vieux Lille's third in a Haydock Grade 2 in January sets the standard and is working out well, with the winner Its'afreebie going on to finish third in the Neptune and the second Le Prezien finishing second in the Mersey Novices' Hurdle, and he looks the best option with Conor Smith taking off a useful 7 lb.

17:30 - There should be more to come from €110,000 three-year-old Easy Street as he makes his handicap debut, though his opening mark isn't overly generous on what he has achieved to date and he is not necessarily bred to relish this trip. Max The Minister's claims look much more solid, after he ran his best race under rules when second at Newton Abbot last time, finishing second but having no chance with a well-in winner. The best of his bumper form came on a faster surface and he could well do better yet upped in trip today.

18:00 - Present Man is a chaser on looks (also runner up in an Irish point) and may be hard to beat here if the switch to fences improves his fairly useful form over hurdles. Bears Rails may bounce back after a poor display on very different ground at Chepstow last time but did not seem hugely progressive prior to that and Call The Detective could be a better second option on his first start for the in-form Dai Burchell yard considering he is not yet fully exposed.

18:30 - Berry De Carjac would probably have got off the mark last time at Wincanton and was in the process of showing much-improved form before slithering on landing at the last and unseating his rider. He is one to be interested in again here from the same mark, and is worth including for the places despite this being a fairly open contest. Alottarain is another horse potentially on the up after her win last time at Chepstow and will be a player here if building on that.

19:00 - Black Corton probably need his first start for Paul Nicholls at Wincanton last time (easy to back and weakening late on) and with this sounder surface looking set to suit (bumper winner on good ground when trained in France) he looks the one to be with here.

19:30 - Lamb's Cross put in a more encouraging effort last time but continues to be held back by jumping errors and looks one to take on here as current favourite, while Bredon Hill Lad is unproven away from testing ground and also looks opposable near the top of the market. Sylvan Legend isn't one for maximum faith but was in the process of running a better race at Taunton last month and has dropped to a favourable mark if building on that and is worth including along with Beauchamp Viking, who finished second in the aforementioned Taunton contest with his best effort for some time and is now ridden by the useful 5 lb claimer Conor Ring, who is two from four this season when riding for Hugo Froud.

20:00 - Paul Nicholls has won with seven of his last eight runners in bumpers, so it is no surprise to see his Bill And Barn heading the market here in this unique race open only to point-to-point horses who have not yet run under Rules, and he should be hard to beat with top amateur Will Biddick in the saddle.

Recommendations:

Back Max The Minister in the 17:30

Placepot permutation:
16:55 - 1
17:30 - 1
18:00 - 1, 10
18:30 - 17, 18
19:00 - 1
19:30 - 12, 13
= 8 lines

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