Teaplanter has a lucky 15 for Tuesday with selections from Exeter and Redcar. He has selections of Walking in the Air, God's Own, El Beau and Native River.
Exeter 1:20 - Walking In The Air
This is a super novices' hurdle, despite the fact that Punchestown bumper winner Champers On Ice does not take his chance.
Duke Des Champs is very well regarded and overcame inexperience to win on his bumper debut, before being quite well beaten in a very good Newbury bumper. He should enjoy the additional distance in this contest and is likely to develop into a decent novice. However we prefer Walking In The Air to have his measure here and that of the promising Boa Island.
Our selection won his point to point and then made most of the running to win his bumper in impressive fashion at Warwick. He looked like a horse that will stay very well but is certainly not short of pace and he soon put the race to bed when asked in the final couple of furlongs. The form has been boosted a number of times since, despite what the RP spotlight says and this son of Flemensfirth could be the type that develops into an Albert Bartlett horse later in the season. He could have found an easier first assignment over hurdles, but warrants support in a race that is worth noting for future reference.
Redcar 2.00: El Beau
For a horse with an excellent record on genuine soft ground, El Beau has not been seen too often in such testing conditions and as such could still be reasonably weighted to maintain an excellent and consistent run of form in recent weeks.
Very consistent over hurdles last winter, he was never out of the first two in five starts, winning twice including on soft at Sedgefield. Given the spring off, he returned in late August and has kept up that excellent form on the level.
He was an impressive winner on good going at York where he thrived on coming off a fast pace on a long home straight. He has been placed on all three runs since, the best of which came once again at York last time when again running on strongly off a fast pace. He will get a decent gallop again today with Empress Ali in the field and he has finished in the first two on his two previous flat outings on good ground, including a win ay Ayr at the end of the 2013 season.
Exeter 2.20: Gods Own
An impressive winner of this race twelve months ago, Gods Own’s form was a little patchy thereafter, but at his best he is top class and given he was forward enough to win this first time out last season and much of his very best form has been going right-handed, he is expected to deliver once more this afternoon.
A 5l winner last term over Balder Succes, he is only 5lbs higher today despite a number of good efforts at the top level. He remained a novice throughout last year, despite winning a Grade 1 at Punchestown the previous spring and was the only horse to shake up Un De Sceaux when a fine second to him in the Arkle. His tendency to jump left perhaps did for him at Aintree last time, but we know he acts well around here.
Sire de Grugy sets the standard and has the ability to carry big weights, but rising ten years old, he might just need this first run. Neither Third Intention nor Vibrato Valtat seem particularly keen on winning, Court Minstrel is better over hurdles and Dunraven Storm might lack the pure pace needed for this, bit with no doubts over Gods Own he gets the nod.
Exeter 2:50 - Native River
On a quality card, this is yet another cracking little contest featuring Southfield Vic, Native River and a number of other promising types such as The Tourad Man.
Southfield Vic was a very useful hurdler last season and like his half brothers, he could well make up into a very useful chaser. However we will take on the favourite here on his seasonal debut, with the Colin Tizzard trained Native River.
The son of Indian River finished his novice hurdle season with a rating of 145 and his chasing debut was full of promise. Despite the trip probably being on the short side, he was an excellent 3rd in a hot Chepstown Novices' Chase behind Cocktails at Dawn and if he has not made such a mistake at the last, the manner in which he was closing suggested that he could have gone very close to winning that race. He has the advantage of a run here, has won at this venue, should be suited by the trip and has already shown some very decent chase form. He looks the better value at the prices.
Exeter 1:20 - Walking In The Air at 5/2 with Bet365
Redcar 2:00 - El Beau at 5/1 with Bet365
Exeter 2:20 - Gods Own at 7/2 with Bet365
Exeter 2:50 - Native River at 9/4 with Bet365