There will be a few horses looking like UNIONISTE in this photo at Exeter today. It's going to be pretty heavy! Yesterday was a nearly day on the blog with only TEMPLE ROAD (7-2) winning. However, my best three all came second (VAGO COLLONGES 3-1, MIAS BOY 5-1, COTTON MILL 9-1). I was impressed with COTTON MILL yesterday he ran a cracker first time out on ground that supposedly wasn't ideal. It will be interesting to see which race tey eventually put him in at Cheltenham.
Here are today's picks – all at Exeter.
MIDNIGHT PRAYER 2.00 – (unplaced) has form on heavy and won well last time at Hereford. Has run in a higher grade than this and could turn the Nicholls hot pot over.
MELODIC RENDEZVOUZ 2.30 – (WON 5-4) was impressive in the Tolworth last time and whilst Puffin Billy is an smart one, you have to be impressed with my tips battling qualities.
HIGHLAND LODGE 3.00 – (nap) (unplaced) for some reason he just hates Warwick! He has course form and the ground should be fine, if he repeats his Cheltenham run I think he takes this.
BALLYLEGEND 3.30 (nb) – (FELL) has been steadily progressive over jumps all year and finally tasted success last time. The ground being this soft is the concern.
COLOUR SQUADRON 4.00 (treble) – (2nd – 6-4) was disappointing last time and rather lazy. With that foregiven he should have too much for his rivals today.
The last two races are probably going to go to the odds on favourites so I will leave those alone.
If you're having a bet do so within your means.