Paul Ferguson has two selections from Exeter for us on Tuesday; William’s Wishes in 2.50 and Claret Cloak at 3.50. Compare odds and bet.
As ever Exeter’s Haldon Gold Cup card is a cracker and this year’s feature contest looks a strong renewal, with last year’s winner Cue Card trying to score off a 15lb higher mark.
Colin Tizzard’s stable-star is sure to go well, given the progression he made last term, but he has to concede plenty of weight to some unexposed sorts here and he is taken on with the unbeaten William’s Wishes (2:50) who remains open to further progress himself.
Evan Williams’ eight-year-old was getting lumps of weight off Champion Court when winning a similar event at Ascot on his return last November, after which he impressively scored at Sandown on Tolworth Hurdle day.
Absent since, the son of Oscar clearly goes well fresh and handles testing ground, so conditions ought not to be a problem. Five from five over fences to date, he receives 19lbs from the market leader here and is worth siding with at 9/2 with the sponsors Bet Victor.
Paul Nicholls’ Dark Lover heads the market for the novices’ chase half an hour later, but he is also taken on at the prices. Claret Cloak (3:20) looked good when beating inferior opposition at Towcester on debut and, while more is required here, this looks a good opportunity for the six-year-old, who receives 3lbs from the favourite.
A scopey son of Vinnie Roe, he has always looked a chaser and the selection opened up 13/8 with Paddy Power last night (Dark Lover 5/4). Provided the ground isn’t too bad, Emma Lavelle’s imposing sort is taken to make it two from two over fences – if the ground does deteriorate, he will probably be pulled out.
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