Paul Ferguson has one selection on Sunday; Grey Missile each way at 66/1 with in the 12.20 at Exeter
With Warwick’s card being abandoned, today’s preview has been quickly re-written and we now rely on Exeter passing a second inspection at 10am.
If racing does go ahead, Royal Charm is the most interesting runner on the card in an intriguing three-runner novice chase. However, he is plenty short enough considering he has to concede weight to a couple of useful rivals.
The opening novices’ hurdle is the most competitive race on the card and a case can be put forward for a few of these.
Fontano really caught my eye when beating The Reformer in a Kempton bumper in April, whilst Grey Missile (12:20) appeals as the type to win a race over hurdles and, though this looks a stiff task, he looks vastly over-priced.
On debut in February he was just over 8l off Prince Of Pirates and Bobs Worth (a recent hurdles winner) with Smart Fredddy 13l behind him. That rival went on to finish closer to Fontano and The Reformer next time and he recently finished fourth to Bobs Worth on his hurdles bow.
After finishing sixth at Newbury, Grey Missile finished fourth at Chepstow, just a ½l off Arthurian Legend, who made a hugely impressive winning hurdles debut last month, whilst the selection has shaped with promise in two starts over hurdles without threatening the judge.
Considering Arthurian Legend has been chalked up as 15/8 favourite (Bet365 the only firm priced up at the time of writing), Grey Missile is surely worth a small each-way interest at 66/1 at or 12 for a place on Betfair.
12:20 Exeter: Grey Missile (each-way)
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Last year’s selections included:
Hurricane Fly: 3/1 winner of the G1 Rabobank Champion Hurdle
Copper Bleu: 12/1 winner of the Jewson at Cheltenham
Great Endeavour: 18/1 winner of the Festival Plate
Tranguil Sea: 11/2 winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup
Sizing Europe: 6/1 winner of the Arkle
Weapon’s Amnesty: 10/1 winner of the RSA Chase