Our resident tipster has his sights on a couple of runners at Exeter this afternoon.
Emma Lavelle has hit form with a vengeance this month and she runs a couple of promising types at Exeter this afternoon, who might be able to continue the good work of their stablemates.
Three winners in the last week – at odds of 15/2, 9/4 & 7/1 – are evidence that Lavelle has her string in fine form and that increases interest in the stable’s MRSROBIN, who contests the mares’ novices’ hurdle (due off 2.40pm).
She finished second on her only start (heavy ground) in an Irish point behind Lifeboat Mona, who is now trained by Paul Nicholls and has already won twice, and showed ability without being knocked about in a couple of bumper starts last season.
That patient approach should pay dividends now she goes hurdling and the reports coming out of her stable are that she’s done well for her summer break. Today’s trip of 2m2f is perhaps the minimum for her but this is a stiff track and the heavy ground should place a greater emphasis on stamina.
This is no penalty kick, mind, as she’s up against the likes of winning-pointer Drumviredy, who is trained by the equally in-form Venetia Williams, and the promising Jully Les Buxy, but their presence also ensure we get to back her at a decent price.
Her stablemate ONDERUN is interesting getting weight from all bar one of his rivals in the limited handicap chase for novices run earlier on the card (1.40pm).
The six-year-old is another recruit from Irish point-to-points and went close on his stable debut when finding only A Vos Gardes a length too good in an Ascot bumper in February 2014. He hasn’t bettered that in four runs since, though he was far from disgraced when finishing third in a maiden hurdle here last December, pulling well clear of the remainder.
But he’s always been considered a future and, having reportedly grown and strengthened over the summer, it’s not too hard to see him running a big race on his chase debut off what is potentially a generous initial mark of 116.
According to his trainer he can be quite a handful at home and loves to buck and kick. There have been no signs of any unruliness on the track so far, though, and if Lavelle can channel the six-year-old’s energies he can pay to follow in staying handicap chases this season.