The opening contest at Exeter looks an eminently winnable one, with the John Ferguson-trained Printmaker taken to make a winning debut over hurdles. The four-year-old was fairly useful at up to a mile and a quarter on the Flat in Ireland and he should take a fair amount of stopping here if translating anything like that ability to his new profession, particularly with his yard in good form (fired in a brace of winners yesterday). Ferguson has done well with horses of a similar profile previously and, with question marks over plenty of his rivals, Printmaker looks more than capable of going close.
Hello Stranger has done nothing wrong in his short career to date, comprising just the two runs, and he is taken to confirm himself as being well treated on what will represent his second start in handicaps. The three-year-old made a winning debut at Newcastle last month in what was admittedly a modest maiden, but he progressed as expected on his next start when second to Ambitious Icarus at Nottingham, value for extra credit over the bare form as, having tracked the strong pace in a race where it paid to be held-up, he did well to finish as close as he did. Racing from the same mark today, Hello Stranger is of the upmost interest and is put forward as our bet of the day.
The conditions race at 19:20 on this evening's Kempton card is the scene of our final selection, as the Richard Hannon-trained Beedee ought to appreciate the step up to a mile and can gain his third win. The two-year-old landed a Chepstow maiden on debut and has progressed well since, comfortably notching a second success at this track last month before a strong-finishing second at Epsom 11 days ago. The extra furlong seems certain to suit, and he can round off what will have hopefully been a fruitful day for this column.
Back Printmaker @ 2.5 in the 14:20 at Exeter
Back Hello Stranger @ 4.4 in the 16:10 at Ayr
Back Beedee @ 3.7 in the 19:20 at Kempton
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