Champagne Champ has shaped better than the bare result suggests in his last two starts and makes plenty of appeal at 7/1 in the 3.15 at Exeter today now dropped back in trip.
In the first of those over 2m 5f at Kempton, the Rod Millman trained seven-year-old was held-up at the rearr before making good headway on the outside approaching two from home.
He then weakened between the last two flights to finish an 8 1/2 length sixth of 12 to Erick Le Rouge off a mark of 130 and was not knocked about one it was clear he would not be winning.
Champagne Champ posted a similar effort last time out when fourth of 13 to Kings Ryde at Market Rasen off 129 over the same trip where he again faded late on to be beaten 16 1/4 lengths.
Those efforts suggest he should be more than capable of winning a race of this nature off a reduced rating of 127 and the drop back to 2m 2f looks sure to suit.
Indeed, his sole win over hurdles came over the trip and another plus is that the yard has been among the winners of late.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts win Champagne Champ (7/1 generally available – use BOG firms)