There is a six-race card to enjoy from Exeter on Sunday, with the action getting underway at 14:07 and the finale scheduled to take place at 17:02.
The going in Devon is set to be good to soft-soft in places and the card will be highlighted by the Class Three Devon Stayers Handicap Chase, which will go to post at 15:52.
Exeter is one of four race meetings taking place across the UK and Ireland on Sunday, with cards also being held at Naas, Limerick and Carlisle, but our focus is on the south west of England and we have picked out four selections.
Exeter Betting Tips
- 14:07 – Pilsdon Pen @ 7/2
- 14:42 – Victtorino @ 6/4
- 15:52 – Young Bull @ 9/2
- 17:02 – Thank You Ma’Am @ 9/2
14:07 – Pilsdon Pen @ 7/2
The opening race of the meeting – the Harcombe Handicap Hurdle – could be won by the Jeremy Scott-trained PILSDON PEN (7/2), who should benefit from running over a shorter 2m 2½f trip after tiring to finish third over a greater distance at Warwick on his most recent start earlier this month.
Pilsdon Pen’s extra speed should give him the edge over his anticipated main rival Pedley Wood (2/1), who may struggle when dropping back to this distance after finishing second over 2m 5f at Hereford on his most recent start.
14:42 – Victtorino @ 6/4
VICTTORINO (6/4) showed some promising form over fences in France last year and the five-year-old could convert that into a victory in what will be a lower level contest than he has become accustomed to.
Venetia Williams’ charge appears to be the standout horse in the field for this Class Four Novices’ Hurdle, with main rival Buckhorn Rocco (13/8) needing to deliver a much-improved performance after finishing second at this venue when going off odds-on favourite in a similar race last month.
15:52 – Young Bull @ 9/2
The feature race on the card will be the Class Three Devon Stayers Handicap Chase at 15:52 where the lightly-raced YOUNG BULL (9/2) could take some stopping in first-time cheekpieces.
Harry Whittington’s charge spent over a year away from the track before returning in 2022 and he showed signs of rediscovering his best form when third at Haydock Park on his most recent start at the end of December.
Coolvalla (8/1) could also be one to watch, but a lot will depend on how he reacts following a gruelling run in the National Hunt Challenge Cup at last week’s Cheltenham Festival.
17:02 – Thank You Ma’Am @ 9/2
The action at Exeter will conclude with this Point-To-Point Bumper Maiden NH Flat Race and Thank You Ma’Am could feature after finishing second on debut at Bangor just a fortnight ago.
Such a quick turnaround suggests Georgina Nicholls’ charge is in good shape to hold off the challenge that may come from the Dan Skelton-trained Vinnie Sparkles (4/5), who will be making his Rules/stable debut.
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