Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: International Racing - Thursday 17 December 2020

Neil Morrice: International Racing - Thursday 17 December 2020


Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips from Thursday's racing taking place at Exeter
, Hereford, Chelmsford city, and Southwell.  


EXETER

Race 1 No1 PURE BLISS

Trainer: Harry Fry - Jockey: Sean Bowen

 

PURE BLISS looked better the further she travelled when scoring at Uttoxeter, beating Gazette Bourgeoise with Coquelicot well held in third. The penalised selection probably needed that race more than her foes, and is poised to follow-up.

 

Race 2 No6 KARL PHILIPPE (Nap)

Trainer: Fergal O’Brien - Jockey: Paddy Brennan

 

Respect is paid to unbeaten pointer Red Lion Lad on debut under Rules, but the excellent bumper form of KARL PHILIPPE makes him a slightly more alluring proposition. He’s shown an affinity for cut in the ground in those conversions at Hereford and Carlisle, and appeals as the type to go on to better things now hurdling.

 

Race 4 No3 BRINKLEY

Trainer: David Pipe - Jockey: Tom Scudamore

 

The Pipe stable has some eye taking runners on this card and none more so than BRINKLEY, who makes abundant appeal on handicap debut off a mark of 130. The former Irish-based gelding converted at the first attempt for his trainer at Newbury, and that ten lengths drubbing of Do Your Job has worked out especially well.

 

HEREFORD

 

Race 1 No4 KEEP ROLLING (Nap)

Trainer: Philip Hobbs - Jockey: Richard Johnson

 

There’s not much depth to this maiden hurdle, leaving the door open for KEEP ROLLING to cash in on first outing since a wind operation. The Warwick bumper scorer showed promise over hurdles on a couple of occasions before the surgery, and if that’s improved him he’ll be very hard to beat.

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Race 2 No5 UNDERSUPERVISION

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies - Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

 

UNDERSUPERVISION impressed on his only point outing in Ireland before moving to this high profile yard. The Doyen gelding has done everything right in his tuition for his first run under Rules, and will take plenty of stopping.

 

Race 4 No5 SUBCONTINENT

Trainer: Venetia Williams - Jockey: Charlie Deutsch

 

Williams rarely leaves her local track empty-handed, and especially the one that precedes Christmas. Her runner to grasp the holiday money could well be SUBCONTINENT, who while not quite as effective as in his days with Godolphin, remains a classy operator who after a pleasing first run back is now ready to deliver.

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CHELMSFORD CITY

 

Race 2 No2 MELODY OF LIFE (Nap)

Trainer: Andrew Balding - Jockey: David Probert

 

MELODY OF LIFE created a favourable impression when in the money on his Kempton introduction last month. He kept on well behind Zaajel and is going to be a lot more streetwise for a clash with the filly Puy Mary in which he should prevail.

 

Race 5 No4 SHA LA LA LA LEE

Trainer: Tom Dascombe - Jockey: Richard Kingscote

 

SHA LA LA LA LEE hasn’t been out of the frame in three all-weather outings since scoring at Wolverhampton in October and can return to winning ways on this first visit to the Braintree venue.

 

SOUTHWELL

 

Race 5 No3 HERMOCRATES (Nap)

Trainer: John Mackie - Jockey: Graham Lee

 

Dusk has a pedigree to die for and will probably command a large amount of the handle on this mile and a half handicap, but the sister to Dank is finding it very tough to get her head in front, with preference for HERMOCRATES. The four-year-old has raised his game since switching to the deeper Fibresand surface and after two near-misses is ready to deliver.

 

Race 7 No1 SPRING ROMANCE

Trainer: Mike Appleby - Jockey: Hollie Doyle

 

Aside from having to negotiate a difficult draw, SPRING ROMANCE has plenty going for him in the nightcap, and can make it a fourth success from his last five outings. The grey has excelled since moving to the Appleby barn in the autumn, and despite several hikes in the ratings looks in a good spot to add to his laurels with Doyle 8n the hot seat for the first time.

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