Oddschecker's racing ambassador gives us the inside track on his rides at Exeter on Tuesday
I’m really looking forward to my book of rides tomorrow on what looks a really competitive card with some really good horses on show.
13.00 Dancing Shadow
My horse is rated 138 over fences so he looks well treated on his return to hurdles off 132. It’s his first start of the season and connections do have their eye on a staying chase at either Kelso or Sandown in a few weeks’ time so he will definitely come on for tomorrow’s run. That being said he is a really hardy horse who always tries his best so hopefully he will be in with a shout although Harry Fry’s Just A Sting was a good bumper horse and looks a nice recruit.
14.00 Vibrato Valtat
It looks a really strong renewal this year but I’m quietly confident my mount can run a big race. I finished third on him in the Grade 2 Old Roan Chase on his seasonal reappearance last year and I’m hopeful he can put in a similar performance on Tuesday. He’s 10lb better off in the weights than what he was that day and 7lb better off from when he won this race in 2015. We know he likes the track (also finished 2nd here in a bumper) and the forecast rain is a real positive for him too.
15.05 Ask The Weatherman
Another competitive looking handicap in which my fella has to carry top weight (12-4) which is always a tough ask especially with others receiving plenty from us. That being said I do think he is fairly enough handicapped and should be capable of winning off this sort of mark. He’s carried big weights before in his point-to-point career so hopefully that stands us in good stead and any extra rain will be a plus too as he’s an out-and-out stayer. We do give plenty of weight to Jonjo’s Above Board who won well last time at Worcester in a race I finished second in.
16.10 Moonlight Flyer
In the final race of the day I ride for Jeremy Scott in what on paper doesn’t look much of a race. My horse hasn’t shown much on any of his seven starts to date and will need to show plenty of improvement to feature. The positives are he is well bred so should be capable of doing that and he is the type of horse Jeremy can usually work his magic on so there is some hope he can do better on Tuesday.
I was disappointed to see Gunfleet beaten at Uttoxeter on Friday having put him in my five to follow but it may turn out to be a race to follow form wise. I’m still confident he will get his head in front soon and I know connections were hoping for better too. My ride in that race River Bray travelled well enough for me before getting tired up the home straight. I was happy enough with him though and he’s probably one for handicaps later in the season.