15:05 Exeter 21 Mar 2017

Higos Insurance Services Plymstock Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 14 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

2m 2f 111y

Good to Soft (Good in places)

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
Data quality75%
Position
1
F42/5F2
iT
White, dark blue stripe, striped sleeves and cap (Mrs Sarah Ling)

Martabot (FR)  14 

gr g Martaline - Reine De Sabot (Homme de Loi)

6 12-1
112
6 12-1
112

Has improved with each start for this yard since returning from an absence in December. Had every chance but couldn't go past the winner on handicap debut last time.

Has improved with each start for this yard since returning from an absence in December. Had every chance but couldn't go past the winner on handicap debut last time.

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Martabot Score: 330

2
13-8666
iT
Red, white braces, red sleeves, white stars and stars on cap (Mrs Sue Quick)

Steel Express (IRE)  79 

b g Craigsteel - Assidua (Anshan)

5 11-12
109
5 11-12
109

Ran respectably in a C&D novice hurdle won by Neon Wolf when last seen in January. That race has worked out well, and he is the type to progress now handicapping.

Ran respectably in a C&D novice hurdle won by Neon Wolf when last seen in January. That race has worked out well, and he is the type to progress now handicapping.

Steel Express Score: 430

1
3
P84
iT
Black, yellow disc, black sleeves, yellow stars, quartered cap (K S B Bloodstock)

The Kings Writ (IRE)  37 

b g Brian Boru - Letterwoman (Fourstars Allstar)

6 11-11
108
6 11-11
108

Ran best race to date in a C&D novice last month and could do better yet now handicapping, though not obviously well treated.

Ran best race to date in a C&D novice last month and could do better yet now handicapping, though not obviously well treated.

The Kings Writ Score: 313

4
5-05F8
iT
Dark blue, red stars, emerald green sleeves, red cap (Honourable Scoundrels)

Torhousemuir 69 

b g Sagamix - Royal Musical (Royal Abjar)

6 11-11 h
108
6 11-11 h
108

Didn't show a great deal in bumpers, but has shown glimpses of promise in maiden/novice hurdles. Handicapper taken no chances, though.

Didn't show a great deal in bumpers, but has shown glimpses of promise in maiden/novice hurdles. Handicapper taken no chances, though.

Torhousemuir Score: 311

5
2-U35P6
iT
White, purple cap (The Cool Silk Partnership)

Boy In A Bentley (IRE)  85 

b g Kayf Tara - All Our Blessings (Statoblest)

7 11-10 v1
107
7 11-10 v1
107

On a fair mark judged on balance of his form, but he seems to be going the wrong way. His attitude again leaving something to be desired on chase debut last time. Visor on.

On a fair mark judged on balance of his form, but he seems to be going the wrong way. His attitude again leaving something to be desired on chase debut last time. Visor on.

Boy In A Bentley Score: 326

6
6003
iT
White, royal blue star, white sleeves, royal blue spots, royal blue cap, white star (G P And Miss S J Hayes)

Magical Thomas 47 

ch g Dylan Thomas - Magical Cliche (Affirmed)

5 11-7
104
5 11-7
104

Shaped better than previously in Wincanton novice hurdle last month and looks ready to make an impact now handicapping up in trip. Open to progress.

Shaped better than previously in Wincanton novice hurdle last month and looks ready to make an impact now handicapping up in trip. Open to progress.

Magical Thomas Score: 346

7
7-43883
iT
Brown and white (quartered), orange and brown halved sleeves, white and orange quartered cap (Mr J T Brown)

Steel City 16 

gr g Act One - Serraval (Sanglamore)

9 11-7 p
104
9 11-7 p
104

Has fallen to a fair mark and ran better than for a while at Huntingdon this month, holding his jumping together. Each-way claims again.

Has fallen to a fair mark and ran better than for a while at Huntingdon this month, holding his jumping together. Each-way claims again.

Steel City Score: 348

8
921/230
iT
Royal blue and orange diabolo, orange sleeves, royal blue armlets and diamond on orange cap (Lost In Space)

Straits Of Messina (IRE)  49 

b g Mountain High - Scylla (Rock City)

8 11-6
103
8 11-6
103

Followed a good run with a below-par one at Southwell in January but he could bounce back after a short break under Richard Johnson.

Followed a good run with a below-par one at Southwell in January but he could bounce back after a short break under Richard Johnson.

Straits Of Messina Score: 368

3
9
4-7F555
iT
Light blue, red star, red sleeves, light blue stars, red cap, light blue star (The Ferandlin Peaches)

Rebel Beat 48 

b g Lucarno - Callitwhatyalike (Tamure)

6 11-6
103
6 11-6
103

Has been harshly dealt with by the handicapper and offered little making handicap debut at Hereford last month.

Has been harshly dealt with by the handicapper and offered little making handicap debut at Hereford last month.

Rebel Beat Score: 314

10
3-38585
iT
White, red cross of lorraine and armlets (Mr Nick Elliott)

Lough Derg Mystery (IRE)  72 

b g Oscar - Have To Go (Le Moss)

6 11-4
101
6 11-4
101

Placed on his sole bumper start and easily best effort over hurdles when mid-field in a deep novice at Newbury in December. Not in same form since, and makes handicap debut now.

Placed on his sole bumper start and easily best effort over hurdles when mid-field in a deep novice at Newbury in December. Not in same form since, and makes handicap debut now.

Lough Derg Mystery Score: 335

11
312906
iT
Emerald green, white epaulets, diabolo on sleeves, white cap (Mrs Laura Young)

Jigsaw Financial (IRE)  14 

b g Brian Boru - Ardcolm Cailin (Beneficial)

11 11-2
99
11 11-2
99

Resumed winning ways at Worcester in August, but he has finished well held last 3 starts. Has fallen to that last winning mark though, so not totally dismissed.

Resumed winning ways at Worcester in August, but he has finished well held last 3 starts. Has fallen to that last winning mark though, so not totally dismissed.

Jigsaw Financial Score: 306

12
339525
iT
Black, large yellow spots, black sleeves, yellow spots, yellow cap (Lost In The Summer Wine)

Orion's Might (IRE)  149 

b g Antonius Pius - Imperial Conquest (Imperial Ballet)

7 11-1
98
7 11-1
98

Remains a maiden but has been placed off higher marks in the past. Seemingly failed to stay at Wincanton (21f) last time and quickly drops back in trip.

Remains a maiden but has been placed off higher marks in the past. Seemingly failed to stay at Wincanton (21f) last time and quickly drops back in trip.

Orion's Might Score: 338

13
078412
iT
Black, emerald green hoop, hooped sleeves, emerald green cap (Frost Racing Club)

Baccalaureate (FR)  14 

b g High Chaparral - Rose d'Or (Polish Precedent)

11 10-13 p
96
11 10-13 p
96

Snapped losing run stretching back to 2013 when striking at the fourth time of asking for current stable in 2m course handicap last month. Ran at least as well since and respected again.

Snapped losing run stretching back to 2013 when striking at the fourth time of asking for current stable in 2m course handicap last month. Ran at least as well since and respected again.

Baccalaureate Score: 397

2
14
32-3031
iT
White, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, black armlets, black cap (Epds Racing Twitterati Partnership)

Galactic Power (IRE)  55 

ch g Gamut - Celtic Peace (Deploy)

7 10-2
85
7 10-2
85

Proved as good as ever when resuming winning ways at Catterick (2m) in January, looking in trouble at one stage, but powering home to win comfortably. 3 lb rise fair and of interest again.

Proved as good as ever when resuming winning ways at Catterick (2m) in January, looking in trouble at one stage, but powering home to win comfortably. 3 lb rise fair and of interest again.

Galactic Power Score: 362

4
Verdict

MAGICAL THOMAS ran a good race behind two nice Alan King novices at Wincanton last time out and he shaped there as if he would be of serious interest in handicaps. An opening mark of 104 looks reasonable and with the in-form Noel Fehily doing the steering, a bold showing is expected. Martabot has to give away weight and looked to be a tricky ride when a beaten favourite here a fortnight ago, while the consistent pair of Baccalaureate and Galactic Power should also go well.

Verdict

MAGICAL THOMAS ran his best race to date at Wincanton last month and looks the type to improve further now handicapping off a fair mark. He is preferred to last-time-out winner Galactic Power, though Martabot is also respected on just his fourth start for David Pipe.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 (Div 1) Good 11 Closer To Home 4 10 12 103 91758-8 20 days D Pipe (30 miles) M Heard 8/1 4:41.90
2016 (Div 2) Good 10 Quieto Sol 5 11 12 108 6Y6Y0H5H5H 79 days C E Longsdon (144 miles) R Johnson 11/2 4:45.35
2015 Good to Soft 14 Flying Light 9 11 11 106 P5P443 20 days G McPherson (137 miles) W Hutchinson 10/1 4:51.40
2014 (Div 2) Good 9 Generous Ransom 6 11 12 108 2Y-5H5H3H6Y 30 days N J Gifford (165 miles) R Johnson 4/1 4:37.30
2014 (Div 1) Good 10 Rugged Jack 7 11 4 101 2-37210 6 days V Dartnall (42 miles) Jack Doyle 13/2 4:38.90
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