Exeter’s NAP: HITMAN | 1:55pm Betway Haldon Gold Cup (Grade 2 Limited Handicap Chase) | Dom’s Pick
Paul Nicholls won this last year with Greaneteen who went onto win the Celebration Chase later in the season, but the earlier indicators are that his other Ditcheat representative will be more primed for this.
Still only five, the French recruit made a pleasing start to life over the sticks in Britain which culminated in a third in a Grade 1 at Aintree’s Grand National Festival back in April.
The step back in trip doesn’t appear an obvious negative given he won over the distance on two occasions last term and he is the choice of stable-rider Harry Cobden here.
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Beaten by a subsequent winner at Chepstow on chase debut, Paul Nicholls should further extend his win chances in Devon on Tuesday with his son of Shantou.
The six-year-old is built like a chaser and should have far more to offer in this sphere, with the return to this sort of track sure to suit, finishing ahead of Honest Vic in Wales a month ago.
Ask A Honey Bee ran a cracker on debut over fences himself but has a bit to find with the selection on ratings.