Paul Ferguson has two selections at Exeter for us on Tuesday; Melodic Rendezvous in the 2.40 and Module at 3.10. Compare odds and bet.
Exeter stages a cracking card on Tuesday, with a clutch of potentially high-class novices, both hurdlers and chasers, on show.
Firstly, the 2m1f novices’ hurdle sees impressive Hereford bumper winner Mr Mole clash with the exciting Melodic Rendezvous (2:40) and, given his superior form in the bumper sphere, the latter is favoured on this occasion.
An impressive winner at Chepstow in March, he went on to chase home Champion Bumper winner Champagne Fever in the Grade 1 at Punchestown. Despite that run coming on atrocious ground, Jeremy Scott believes better ground will suit his six-year-old and today’s conditions should be ideal. The selection may want further in time, but he has the pace to win over this trip at this stage.
The aforementioned Mr Mole has been purchased by J P McManus close season and it will be interesting to see if he attracts support in the market.
The Betfred Best Mate Novices’ Chase is another cracker and another who carries the McManus silks for the first time is Bold Henry, who was impressive when winning a maiden hurdle here in May.
The fragile Rebel Rebellion is another who has long looked a chaser and is also respected, but preference is for Tom George’s Module (3:10) who made a winning British debut at Cheltenham in January and has not been seen since.
The son of Panoramic landed a handicap in taking style off 130 that day, but was forced to miss the Festival and Aintree after meeting with a minor setback. A winner in France before joining George, the five-year-old was unlucky on two raiding missions back to Auteuil and remains completely unexposed.
He is another who may want further as the season progresses, but he is not short of pace and can make a winning chasing debut under Paddy Brennan.
The 3m beginners’ chase is another interesting affair, with Paul Nicholls’ Rocky Creek looking every inch a staying chaser in the making last term. He looked good when beating one of today’s rivals, Gullibursti, at Doncaster in late January, but he too is expected to improve for fences.
Add to the mix Harry Topper and Jonjo O’Neill’s three times handicap hurdle winner from last season Thehillofuisneach, and you have clearly got yourself a very strong contest that should throw up plenty of future winners. Watch this contest closely.
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Last Year’s Book Results – Leading Prospects:
- SPRINTER SACRE – Unbeaten – winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- SIMONSIG – Winner at Aintree & Cheltenham
- CINDERS AND ASHES – 10/1 winner of Supreme Novices Hurdle
- BOBS WORTH – 9/2 winner of the RSA Chase
- MENORAH & SILVINIACO CONTI – Both Aintree Winners
- SIR DES CHAMPS – Unbeaten inc 3/1 Jewson Cheltenham Winner
- FINGAL BAY – Won 4 times inc Challow Hurdle
- RAYA STAR – 10/3 winner at Wetherby, 12/1 Ladbroke Hurdle winner, 15/2 Scottish Champion Hurdle winner
- AMBION WOOD – 14/1 EBF Final Sandown winner
- CHAMPION COURT – 6/1 G2 Dipper Novices Chase winner
- PALACE JESTER – 14/1 winner at FFos Las
- SWINCOMBE FLAME – Hat-trick winner inc Lanzarote Hurdle at 9/2
- TEAFOR THREE – 5/1 NH Cheltenham Chase winner (Manifesto Novices’ Chase)