Horse Racing: Faith in Kyles to win at Bath

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Kyles Faith has enough about him to go well in the Bathwick Tyres Plymouth Handicap Hurdle at Exeter.

The Martin Keighley-trained five-year-old has hardly ripped up too many trees since sent hurdling, but he could be interesting within the handicapping ranks.

Kyles Faith may have been well beaten earlier in the month at Warwick, but he stayed on pleasingly enough in a reasonable novice hurdle to justify Keighley’s decision to markedly step him up in distance.

The former Irish pointer races here off a humble mark of 106 and could surprise a few given his apparent liking for a stamina test.

Lansdowne Princess could feel the benefit of a recent run at Towcester when contesting the Bathwick Tyres Handicap Hurdle.

Johnny Farrelly’s mare is rated 7lb higher over fences than hurdles, but she showed a distinct sign of promise on her first start since last July.

The 11-year-old travelled smoothly for a long way in a mares’ handicap hurdle over this two-mile-five-furlong trip, before the tank emptied close home. That was entirely unsurprising given her long absence, but she is likely to be a different proposition here - especially if the ground continues to dry.

According To Trev should be the fittest horse in the field for the Bathwick Tyres Taunton Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase and can be backed accordingly.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ chestnut had made a good impression when victorious in his first two starts over fences earlier in the year and hardly blotted his copybook too severely with third at Cheltenham last month.

According To Trev had to make do with minor honours behind the well-regarded duo of Twirling Magnet and Pantxoa, but there appears nothing of that calibre in this line-up. The seven-year-old again must shoulder a fair chunk of weight on his handicap bow, but he is tough enough to carry on the good work over three miles.