Horse racing tips: A 7/2 play leads the way at Exeter today

The Timeform crew reckon Belami Des Pictons (16:30) will go close later.

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14:00 – MIDNIGHT RIVER

MIDNIGHT RIVER was a useful novice hurdler, but is very much a chaser on looks, and he got off the mark in this sphere when beating a solid yardstick at Wetherby over Christmas. He put his chasing debut well behind him that day, taking time to warm to the task but showing a good attitude under pressure to narrowly prevail. He remains open to progress in this sphere and should be up to conceding weight to Gustavian, who is proving expensive to follow.

14:30 – TRIPLE TRADE

This looks to concern the two penalised winners TRIPLE TRADE and Doctor Ken, and preference is for the former, who continued his race-by-race progression to open his account at Lingfield three weeks ago. Doctor Ken interestingly missed an intended engagement at Warwick on Saturday seemingly in favour of this and should prove a thorn in the side of Triple Trade.

15:00 – STAGE STAR

STAGE STAR has looked a well above-average sort in his three starts over hurdles so far, winning each one and recording his first Grade 1 in the Challow Novices’ Hurdle at Newbury last time. He once again looked very polished at his hurdles and stayed on strongly to score by six and a half lengths. This will be his first start at two miles over hurdles, which isn’t an obvious move, but he should have too much class for these and he is fully expected to extend his winning run. There are a trio of promising rivals in opposition to ensure he doesn’t have it all his own way, with Lac de Constance offered for the forecast.

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15:30 – EMMPRESSIVE LADY

EMMPRESSIVE LADY relished the return to three miles when resuming winning ways at Kempton last time, landing some good bets in the process as she proved much too good for her rivals. That was a clear career best on what was just her second start at this trip and she should have even more to offer, so is expected to defy a 5 lb rise in a better race. Coeur Serein is lower in the weights over hurdles so he’s of interest, too.

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16:00 – SNOW LEOPARDESS

SNOW LEOPARDESS is now a 10-year-old, but she has proved better than ever this season, winning both of her starts, and producing a career-best effort when winning the Becher Chase at Aintree last time. She is such a sound jumper and, as expected, she was a sight to behold over the National fences, jumping her rivals into the ground and showing a good attitude to narrowly hold on. This looks a good opportunity for her to record another win back against her own sex. Kapga de Lily rates the main threat if her latest run can be forgiven.

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16:30 – BELAMI DES PICTONS

BELAMI DES PICTONS disappointed at Ascot before Christmas, but he showed plenty of ability remains after a long absence when fourth at Bangor the time before, and is worth another chance to build on that off what remains a potentially handy mark. This does look very competitive, though, with the dangers headed by the very lightly-raced Encounter A Giant, who looked potentially smart when last seen over two years ago.

17:00 – HERMES DU GOUET

An interesting bumper to conclude, and it is HERMES DU GOUET who gets the nod to build on his promising Haydock second in December, but Copper Cove, Nollyador and Propelled have also shown promise when filling the runner-up spot in similar events, so Venetia Williams’ charge is unlikely to have things all his own way.

Sunday Exeter tips

14:00 MIDNIGHT RIVER
14:30 TRIPLE TRADE
15:00 STAGE STAR
15:30 EMMPRESSIVE LADY
16:00 SNOW LEOPARDESS
16:30 BELAMI DES PICTONS
17:00 HERMES DU GOUET

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