BOBBY Wheeler ended a lengthy losing spell when winning at Kempton at the start of the month and can build on that with victory in the Play Starburst Slot At Handicap at Lingfield.

Clive Cox’s runner had not got his head in front since July 2016 and had fallen right down the ratings to a perch of 82, with his burden further lightened by 7lb claimer Amelia Glass.

She clearly got a good tune out of the five-year-old, making every yard of the running to come home the best part of three lengths clear with plenty still seemingly in the tank.

Bobby Wheeler has paid for that effort with a steep hike back to the handicap to a mark of 90, but he clocked a decent time that day and with Glass again using her claim, the Pivotal gelding is one for the short list.

Odds On Oli has seemingly found his groove of late and can score a first career success in the Handicap.

The three-year-old has been making steady progress since being dropped in company, placing on each of his last two starts at Newcastle and Southwell.

He did not seem to particularly enjoy the Southwell surface on that occasion but kept on regardless, although he was beaten a fair distance by a wide-margin winner.

Dropped 1lb for that effort, he should be more at home back on Polytrack.

Spare Parts has been one of the stories of the winter and he can keep the fairytale going by winning the Handicap at Wolverhampton.

Phil McEntee’s charge has won five times already this year but had to settle for second on his most recent outing at Chelmsford, coming up against what appeared to be a decent winner.

Spare Parts started 2018 rated 49 and lines up here on 80, so clearly life is just getting tougher for him but he keeps responding and can do so again.

Pure Vision can bounce back from defeat at Chepstow last time by winning the 188Bet Cheltenham Festival Preview 6th March Chase at Exeter.

The seven-year-old will be having just his fourth outing over fences here and while he was beaten into fourth last time, there was still plenty to like about his performance.

Pure Vision was a winner on his second outing over fences at Ffos Las in November and after being raised 7lb for that, it was no surprise to see him find life a bit tougher last time.

However, he ran on well at the finish in testing conditions in what was a decent event, so it may be too soon to rule him out of the equation here.

Yanmare seems to thrive over an extreme distance and he can make the most of bottom weight in the Higos Insurance Services Devon National Handicap Chase.

A winner over the same extended three-mile-six-furlong course he faces here on his penultimate start, Yanmare has since disappointed when dropped back in trip.

Nigel Twiston-Davies gives him much more of a stamina test again now and he can rise to the challenge.

Cobra De Mai can win Warwick’s Entire Cheltenham Festival On Racing UK Budbrooke Handicap Chase, while Eolian is the pick in the Whitson Bloodstock & Olly Murphy Racing Juvenile Hurdle.

Trained by Murphy, Eolian showed an aptitude for heavy ground when winning on the Flat for previous handler Andrew Balding.


EXETER: 2.00 Robert’s Star, 2.35 Waiheke, 3.10 Reikers Island, 3.40 Kalahari Queen, 4.15 Pure Vision, 4.50 Yanmare, 5.20 Fontsanta.

LINGFIELD: 2.10 Odds On Oli, 2.45 Wild Flower, 3.20 Rock On Baileys, 3.50 BOBBY WHEELER (NAP), 4.25 Perfect Illusion, 5.00 Star Ascending.

WARWICK: 1.50 Lisdoonvarna Lad, 2.25 Eolian, 3.00 Sparkling River, 3.30 Cobra De Mai, 4.05 American Life, 4.40 West Wizard, 5.10 Megaboost.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 High Anxiety, 6.15 Mistress Viz, 6.45 Stapleford, 7.15 Spare Parts, 7.45 Naralsaif, 8.15 Super Florence.

DOUBLE: Bobby Wheeler and Spare Parts.