12:20 Exeter

Attritional conditions look likely here for this staying handicap hurdle so any horse with stamina should bode well.

Dynamite Kentucky will be near the head of the market, but he looked a difficult ride last time. Under pressure early on he managed to plug on into second place. The cheek pieces he wore that day have been replaced with blinkers, and he’s readily passed over.

Daydream Aulmes is an interesting runner. Not many miles on the clock for this nine year old. He does have a decent strike rate and his won in deep ground. If he’s fit after a substantial layoff he could run well.

Dan’s Chosen is the pick. His last two starts have showed this horse certainly has plenty of ability. Two starts ago he finished a decent second to Jetoile who himself finished second in the grade one Tolworth at the weekend. He then followed that up with a credible run over a course and trip that was arguably too sharp for him. He has a stamina laden pedigree and a slog round here could be right up his street.


14:30 Exeter

Today could be the day for Musical Slave. This horse has loads of ability but unfortunately the fences just seem to get in his way. With testing conditions, the tempo of this race may just be steady enough to keep him in contention and hopefully take some of the pressure off his jumping. He’s certainly well handicapped and has the benefit of a wind op. One day everything will click for Musical Slave and he’ll bolt up somewhere. There’s every chance it could be in this race.

Of the others Ede’iffs Elton is relatively unexposed and is certainly a danger.

Morning Spirit had a couple of these behind him over course and distance last time. There’s no obvious reason why he shouldn’t go well again, however he does have top weight to shoulder and keeps edging up the weights for his consistency.

MUSICAL SLAVE (WIN) written by Matt Polley