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Theatre Mix
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The mare Theatre Mix has improved on each of four starts over fences thus far and she came agonisingly close to breaking her duck over C&D last month. After a patient ride, she was briefly outpaced by winner Jemima P going to two out, before rallying strongly on the run-in and only just failing to get up again. She's been raised a very fair 3lb for that effort and a repeat may be good enough for James Best's charge to get the breakthrough win she's been promising.


Voodoo Doll
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Evan and Isobel Williams will be hoping for compensation here for Voodoo Doll after a near miss at Fakenham a week ago. He was set to collect previously only to come down at the last, and was just foiled by a fast-improving rival in Mr Jack under this rider last time. The front pair stretched some 20 lengths clear of a previous winner in third that afternoon. From an unchanged mark now, the eight-year-old deserves a change in fortune and will likely get it if he turns up in the same mood.


Art Approval
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After finishing second on hurdles bow at Market Rasen (2m4½f, good) back in August, Fergal O'Brien's Art Approval further cut his teeth with positive runs in a Cheltenham maiden (second) in October and then not beaten far in a good novices' handicap back in the Cotswolds in November. His sights were lowered back at Market Rasen in January and he obliged without coming out of second gear. This is more demanding but he's got further progress in him and can show that under Paddy Brennan.


Frankincense
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Plenty of the contenders here have it all to prove having thus far found winning elusive. Midnight Aurora was very good around Plumpton on penultimate start but couldn't back that up under a penalty at Huntingdon (where she had previous C&D-winning form). She's up a further 5lb here and has struggled from this sort of mark in the past. Frankincense won over 2m1f here in November under Harriet Tucker and returns now having run well in third recently at Wincanton over 2m5½f. The Galileo gelding should see this trip out and has fine claims in that scenario.


About Exeter Racecourse

There are claims that Exeter Racecourse may be the oldest in the country. Whether or not this is accurate is open to interpretation, but there are records of racing taking place upon Haldon Hill as far back as 1804. In the 19th century the venue wasn’t only used for racing though, with Devon’s last recorded duel occuring at the racecourse in 1833.

Friendlier action has taken place since, with Exeter a fond early season foray for many top chasers in the land. The Haldon Gold Cup, held in November has been won by the likes of Best Mate, Azertyuiop and Cue Card this century, en route to bigger prizes later in the season.


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