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Thursday’s Racing Tip: Get on Umberto D’Olivate at Exeter

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The rewards4racing – Rewarding Your Passion Handicap Chase (JC Grassroots Jumps Series Qualifier), or Exeter’s 2:50 in normal dialogue, looks a deep race full of horses that could potentially still be ahead of the handicapper, however, Umberto D’Olivate is a horse we think a lot of and he is where our money is going today.

Brought over from France last season by trainer Robert Walford, his hurdling campaign was a bit of a non-started as he never really looked comfortable with the smaller obstacles along with the fast past nature of the races. He failed to win a race in five starts but did, twice at Exeter, run very appealing races in handicaps, finishing a close up third and second in March.

By the look of him, chasing was always going to be his game though. The five-year-old had already tackled the timber in France and it wasn’t much a surprise to see him win on his UK debut at Chepstow last month, when he was very well backed in the markets.

He looked very professional that day off a mark of 110. Jumping with good measurement, jockey Felix De Giles always had the horse in the box seat and he had enough left in the tank to ping the last and win more comfortably that the one and three quarter official distance suggested.

A rise of 7lbs doesn’t worry us too much as we’re sure Walford be able to ring out a little more improvement on the youngster. It is a competitive race but this could well be a horse that has all the hallmarks of a 130+ rated chaser. If he is that, then he’ll need to run well today. Get on the 9/2 with a two point win stake.

AP McCoy’s 4000th winner, Mountain Tunes, makes his first racecourse appearance since his dramatic win on that famous day at Towcester but he’ll do well to follow up that win in the Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Novices´ Hurdle in Towcester’s 1:40.

Kim Bailey’s Knockanrawley has a far more solid make-up under a penalty than the JP McManus-owned runner and looks a good value bet. He beat a well fancied stablemate at the track last time out, showing  real electric finishing kick. If the ground stays on the soft side then he looks the one to beat.

The 7/2 could be an early Christmas present. Two point win again.

Profit and Loss Record Staked: 92pts Returned: 91.72pts P/L: -0.28pts

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