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13.50 Sandown - Bothwell Bridge
All bar one of these have been in action this season, but it could be worth chancing the exception, the Nicky Henderson-trained Bothwell Bridge, on his chasing debut
That the champion trainer has chosen to go down the handicap route with the six-year-old on his first try over fences suggests he thinks his opening rating of 131 is exploitable.
A dual winner over hurdles last season, both times at odds-on, his best run in that sphere is arguably in defeat, having finished third to the exciting Bravemansgame off level weights at Newbury last November, albeit a little over ten lengths adrift.
His bumper form is eye-catching too having twice finished runner-up, first behind Arkle trophy prospect Third Time Lucki on his Rules debut before chasing home the highly regarded Boothill (making his chase debut in the 14.05 Exeter) on his next start.
He disappointed on his final start over hurdles at Aintree in the spring, but he's had wind surgery since and his trainer has high hopes for him over fences this season.
The in-form Nico de Boinville - who is 6-12 over the past fortnight at the time of posting - gets the leg up on the gelding, who is sure to have been well schooled.
The combination have perhaps most to fear from Paul Nicholls' Halo des Obeaux, another chasing debutant who is in receipt of the four-year-old allowance and is built for jumping fences.
14.05 Exeter - Adrimel
The aforementioned Boothill looks an exciting prospect to go chasing with and he will have his backers in this 2m3f novice, although his stable has been very quiet of late (0-11 in the last fortnight) with several fancied runners running below par.
Elixir De Nutz was beaten a long way on his chasing debut at Warwick, albeit he is entitled to improve plenty for the experience and is sporting a first-time tongue-tie.
Adrimel lacks a run this term but Tom Lacey's six-year-old was straight enough to score over hurdles here on his seasonal debut last season, before going on to complete a hat-trick in a Grade 2 at Warwick, where he was conceding weight all around.
We can put a line through his pulled up efforts at the big spring festivals as the drying ground was against him and he should have conditions in his favour here, with plenty of rain in the forecast.
That his connections were considering running him in Saturday's Grade 2 Henry VIII Chase tells you how highly he's regarded at home, and hopefully he can show that this afternoon.
14.25 Sandown - Fair Frontieres
Tom Lacey's Lossiemouth cruised to victory over a pair of last-time-out winners over 2m6f at Ffos Las last month, having won his hurdles debut at Ascot previously, and is very much on the upgrade.
However, the drop back to 2m4f is perhaps not ideal given he looked a strong stayer at the Welsh track, and this does look a much tougher contest.
Paul Nicholls' Brave Kingdom could not have been more impressive when winning a Chepstow maiden last month and he looks a smart novice in the making, although chasing will be his game in time.
He's a short-priced favourite to follow up this afternoon and is not opposed lightly, but there's more juice in the price of Kim Bailey's Fair Frontieres and he has to be the pick.
The six-year-old hardly broke sweat when scoring by 41 lengths on his British / stable debut at Worcester in October, but it's his Irish form that makes him a leading player here.
Having his only start for Declan Queally at Navan in January, he was only narrowly beaten by Gordon Elliott's bright prospect Gars De Sceaux off level weights; a smart effort in light of the winner's multiple Grade 1 entries including the Stayers' Hurdle.
Bailey said in a recent stable tour that he considers this trip to be his best for now and he might also prove best going right-handed, given that he showed a tendency to jump right on his hurdles debut.
14.40 Exeter - Gunsight Ridge
A tight 2m3f handicap chase which can go to Olly Murphy's Gunsight Ridge, who created a very favourable impression when staying on strongly into third in a quality 2m handicap at Aintree last month, suggesting he wants further.
A consistent hurdler who never finished outside the first three in five outings, winning once, he's going to be a better chaser on that recent evidence and his stable remains in irresistible form - 6-19 (32%) in the last fortnight.
Longshanks, a fair third on his chase debut at Stratford, has to be respected, but a bigger threat may come from the ex-French L'Homme Presse, who hails from the in-form stable of Venetia Williams.
A wide-margin winner on his British debut in April after a long absence, he perhaps found the race coming too quickly when a disappointing sixth on his subsequent start just two weeks later. His tendency to jump left on that occasion is a slight worry, though
15.00 Sandown - Boagrius
Venetia Williams' Desque De L'Isle has gone up 10lb for winning at Ffos Las on his seasonal debut, but all of that is negated by his conditional rider's claim. He looks a worthy favourite for a stable that do little wrong at present.
But we're going to take a chance at bigger odds on Tom George's Boagrius as he's handicapped to win again - his mark of 115 is 11lb lower than his last winning one - and is the mount of the stable's in-form conditional Thomas Doggrell, who is proving excellent value for his 7lb claim.
The selection was in good form when last seen out in the summer and has plenty of winning form going right-handed, while his stable has been amongst the winners of late following a queit spell. So there are plenty of positives.
The Gary Moore-trained pair of Darebin and Early Du Lemo fought out the finish of last year's race, with the former horse just revailing by a neck. He likes to go from the front and could take some catching, but we'll stick with the selection at a nice price.
15.15 Exeter - Young Offender
A highly competitive 3m6f handicap chase with most of the 17 runners holding claims, which at least ensures our selection, the Stuart Edmunds-trained Young Offender, will go off at a backable price.
He's only six, whereas a good number of these are at the veterans' stage and have perhaps seen better days, and arrives here on the back of a successful chasing debut at Chepstow in October, for which he's been raised 7lb to a mark of 122.
That revised rating still leaves him with plenty of leeway, having been competitive off higher over hurdles in the past, and he does look a better prospect for chasing.
Earning the form comments 'kept on strongly and went clear run-in' over 3m2f at the Welsh track, he should have no trouble staying today's extra four furlongs, and the easier ground should be no bother either given he's won on soft.
He has to go well along with On Call, who is chasing a hat-trick after back-to-back wins at Chepstow, and Normandy Soldier, who won over 3m last month, albeit he's worse off at today's weights with the runner-up, Storm Force Ten.
15.35 Sandown - William Henry each-way
A wide open Pertemps qualifier to finish on and a chance is taken on veteran William Henry in the hope he's fit enough on his seasonal return.
That he's gone well in the fresh in the past is encouraging in that respect and he did win first time out last season on his debut for Sam Thomas, albeit that was over fences and at odds-on.
It remains to be seen whether he goes back over fences at some point given he's now rising 12, but he probably has another hurdles win in him and the handicapper has given him a chance, dropping him to a mark 7lb lower than when in his prime.
He's also being reunited with Nico de Boinville, who has won three times on him previously, including the 2019 Coral Cup, and any rain that falls is in his favour too as he likes some dig in the ground.
Of today's rivals, Storm Arising found the drying ground against him when finishing well beaten in the Pertemps Final back in March and he could go well in first-time cheekpieces, while Stoner's Choice is entitled to improve for last month's comeback third at Kempton.