3.40 Exeter

HENRYVILLE (NAP) (best price 5/4) ran to a very high standard on what was effectively his chasing debut at Newton Abbot back in October (walked over the time before) and although he hasn’t been seen out since, it’s probably more to do with the fact connections have been waiting for some better ground for their charge. A 156-rated hurdler, Harry Fry’s inmate was the only one to offer any sort of resistance to subsequent Gold Cup fifth Irish Cavalier at the West Country venue and with today’s ground and stiffer track likely to play more into his strengths, he can take this prize before tackling a much bigger pot towards the backend of the campaign.
Henryville - 2pts @ 5/4Won 2.5pts

4.55 Wetherby

Pulled up on his last two starts due to heavy ground, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock of the century to see TOP CAT HENRY (best price 7/1) bounce back to form now the conditions are once again to his liking. Seen to much better effect on a sound surface earlier in the campaign, Dr Newland’s charge was good enough to finish a creditable third a competitive handicap at Cheltenham off a 3lb higher mark than today and with the first-time visor the sort of contraption that could easily eke out some improvement, the son of Dr Massini is worth chancing at his morning odds.
Top Cat Henry - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1Won 4.2pts

5.05 Southwell

PALPITATION (best price 7/4) posted a big number for a horse of his grade at Wolverhampton seven days ago and he’s going to be difficult to beat under just a 6lb penalty providing he handles today’s surface at the first time of asking. In beating the in-from Nouvelli Dancer and pulling well clear of the rest at the Dunstall Park track, David Brown’s inmate clearly proved he’s come a long way forward since we last saw finishing mid-division in a Haydock nursery and being as his shrewd handler trains just down the road from today’s venue, there’s a decent chance the son of Fast Company may have already had a spin on the Fibresand surface at some stage.
Palpitation - 2pts @ 7/4Won 3.5pts