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Tuesday’s Racing Tip: 7/4 Strollawaynow a five-star bet at Exeter


Lewis Jones has his eyes on a banker at Exeter today as he recommends maximum stakes on the chances of a hot-pot….

Although still a maiden over hurdles, there is a huge amount to like regarding the chances of Strollawaynow at Exeter in the 32Red On The App Store “National Hunt” Novices´ Hurdle (Div I).

Trainer David Arbuthnot looks to have found a very winnable spot for his progressing hurdler to final open his account on his fifth run over the sticks.

The six-year-old has come back to the track a much stronger animal this season after running two reasonable efforts in his first season as a National Hunt horse, one of which came behind subsequent Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle favourite Kings Palace at Plumpton.

After starting his campaign with a very encouraging second behind Irish Cavalier at Stratford, he hit a flat spot at a crucial time next time out at Ludlow. After travelling well in behind the leaders he lost all momentum on the quick ground but still rallied to be only beaten 22 lengths in sixth.

He showed that was an uncharestic blip when running with much more aplomb when coming second to subsequent winner Madness Light back on soft going at Lingfield last time and that is the clear line of  form to concentrate for this race today.

His main market rival Steel City looks awfully short in the betting at 5/2. Although today’s ground at Exeter has been officially rated as heavy, it would be wrong to automatically think that Steel City will reproduce his effort last time out when thrashing a field of novices in the style of a world beater at Huntingdon.

Many riders and trainers were surprised that the meeting at Huntingdon was even allowed to take place with one jockey commenting that it was riding “very heavy, horrible ground.” It was a card full of strange results with the horse that handled conditions the best running out wide margin victors.

That was certainly the case with Steel City, who is bred to relish bottomless ground. Unfortunately for his followers, not only does he have to carry a 6lb penalty for that overhyped win but the ground won’t be anywhere near as testing at Exeter as it was at Huntingdon.

It will be a big surprise if he can follow up that dogged, gutsy, one-pace run with another.

Get on the selection with a five point win stake at 7/4. Confidence is high.

Profit and Loss Record Staked: 167pts Returned: 197.51pts P/L: +30.51pts     

(Cheltenham ante post book: 2pts West Wizard in Supreme Novices Hurdle 8/1 & 1pts EW Harry Topper in Gold Cup 50/1)

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