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Monday, 2 March 2015

Tuesday Preview – Finish The Story Can Open A New Chapter

Finish The Story steps up in class and distance in the Devon National Handicap Chase (3.30) at Exeter on Tuesday but, from a handicapping point-of-view, is difficult to ignore. The son of Court Cave carries just a 7lb penalty for beating McGregor by 50 lengths, over 3 miles 2 furlongs, at Southwell nine days ago, so it’s easy to see why connections are keen to strike again while the iron is hot.

The marathon distance of 3 miles 6½ furlongs, on heavy going, represents a different test for Johnny Farrelly’s 9-year-old, who’s done most of his winning on sharp, flat tracks. Nevertheless, he has winning form at up to 3 miles 3 furlongs, and on soft ground, so it’s not hard to envisage him being involved in the finish once again. He appeared to improve significantly on his previous form at Southwell last time but could, conceivably, improve again after just four completed starts over regulation fences.

The fact that Dougie Costello, who rode him to victory at Southwell on his one and only ride for the yard, travels to Exeter for just one ride on Tuesday is highly encouraging. All in all, Finish The Story has plenty going for him against largely exposed rivals and looks a decent bet at 9/2 with Bet365 and William Hill to continue his progress.

Selection: Exeter 3.30 Finish The Story to win


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