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13:35 Exeter

Royal Castle Hotel Handicap Chase (Class D)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 110y
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 1.60s
  • 9 Ran
1
Silk - Dark Blue, White seams, Dark Blue sleeves, White cap
  • Form P/1F3F-4
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12

held up in mid-division, headway 11th, ridden 4 out and outpaced, stayed on from 3 out, ran on from last, led close home

2
Silk - YELLOW, EMERALD GREEN spots and armlets, DARK GREEN cap
9/1
  • Form 12/5-P24
  • Age 13
  • Weight 11-12

prominent, reminders 1st, ridden 4th, lost touch 6th, weakened approaching 10th, tailed off

3
Silk - Red, White sash, Black sleeves
  • Form U201-01
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-7

held up in touch, lost touch and reminders 8th, tailed off 10th, pulled up before 4 out

4
Silk - Black, White sash, Pink sleeves
  • Form 413521-
  • Age 12
  • Weight 11-0

always behind, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out

5
Silk - LIGHT BLUE, WHITE spots, armlets and cap
9/1
  • Form 4F-243P
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-12

led to 7th, led 9th, headed approaching 10th, led 12th, headed 4 out, no extra from 2 out

6
Silk - NAVY BLUE, SCARLET sleeves, quartered cap, WHITE cross belts
  • Form 21P-P2D
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-12

chased leader, pecked 8th, ridden and every chance approaching 4 out, weakened soon after

7
Silk - Dark Green, Yellow star, Red sleeves and cap
7/1
  • Form 21201/6-
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-7

held up towards rear, headway 4th, ridden 11th and mistake, weakened 12th

8
Silk - White and royal blue stripes, white and dark blue chevrons on sleeves, white cap, royal blue star
  • Form 552-22F
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-3

prominent, headway approaching 10th, ridden approaching 4 out, soon led, hard ridden last, headed close home, no extra

9
Silk - WHITE, DARK GREEN star and star on cap
  • Form PP23F-1
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-0

not jumped well, held up in touch, tracked leaders 6th, led 8th, headed 9th, led approaching 10th, headed 12th, blundered 13th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before last

In depth

Verdict

This open looking contest could go to Restless Wind, while Mister One and Burwood Breeze both have claims above other, more exposed sorts. The selection comes from the yard of Toby Balding, who is in decent form at present, and the gelding comes into the race fresh from an eight month absence. His last outing was a fast ground win over this trip at Huntingdon and a 6lb rise for that 12 length success gives him every chance of following. As a former winner with cut, the softer ground should not inconvenience him, and the one nagging doubt is that he has tended to need a run in the past. Burwood Breeze runs over his optimum trip here and won't mind the ground either. He has been running consistently into places off this mark recently and would probably have been second but for tipping up last time out. He should be thereabouts. Most of the remainder also look to be in the grip of the handicapper, though a 1lb drop will help Mister One, and despite the trip looking on the short side for this dour stayer, he could make the frame. For the selection though, we will go with Restless Wind.