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Sunday's racing is no where near the same level as Saturday's racing, but it's decent enough to have a couple of selections.
Virtually all of the horses in this race are handicapped to their best, other than maybe Canyon City, but he doesn't appear to be at the same level he once was, as we've seen in recent starts. He could bounce back now he's tackling hurdles, as he's clearly not taken to fences as well as they originally thought when he won his first race over fences. The other horse who looks weighted to go well, and is definitely more reliable is DEBESTYMAN. This 8yo was booked for first place in the 2020 Lanzarote handicap hurdle until he clattered the final hurdle and unseated his rider. He was running in that race off a mark of 118 that day, so his current mark of 119 is definitely within reach.
Since that race his form has been regressive for most of the time, but he has only raced four times since. His run in between his races at Cheltenham was a good run in a Class 3 handicap over 2m 5f, where he second to a horse called Captain Tom Cat, who was receiving 8lbs from the selection, and was only 2L ahead. That horse was well handicapped as we've him be very good over fences this year and has racked up 4 wins from 7 runs over fences and is now rated 146. His runs after that have been poor, but his most recent run was definitely a pipe opener for this season. It was his first run in 352 days and he looked a tired horse around half way through the last circuit, so I expect him to come on plenty for that run. Gavin Sheehan is a positive jockey booking, and has a 17% SR with Suzy Smith from around 80 runs, which is decent to say the least. He has ridden this horse to his only win to date, so clearly knows this horse.
Overall, I don't think this race is all that strong, and even though Debestyman isn't seen to be well handicapped, I think he has the most to offer off the current weights an ratings, and is decent value when looking at the early market odds.
I'M THE DIVA will probably be a short priced favourite, and a horse on debut who is short priced might not be everyone's cup of tea, but the signs are there that this could be a useful juvenile hurdler.
Nick Williams likes to target this track, and this race is specific with some of his better juvenile hurdlers. He won this race in 2017 with Mercenaire, and some of his other horses who went on to bigger and better things after this race include Siruh Du Lac, Flying Tiger & Honneur D'Ajonc (Jane Williams, but they are virtually training together, but in separate names).
This filly gets weight from every horse in the race due to the fillies allowance, so it could be a good bit of placing for them, and they must be confident that she is good enough to take on the boys, as they could have easily gone down the fillies only race. Out of the others, you'd have to say that Romeo's Bond is one to be wary of. Milton Harris has been in good form this year, especially with his juvenile hurdlers, and he has already trained one this horse's siblings, who was quite good.
Nick has been in decent form over the last 14 days, and has 2 wins from 5 runners, with one of those winning for the same connections as I'm The Diva, who was also bred in France.
Uttoxeter - 1:10 pm
Exeter - 12:30 pm