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STAR GATE can shine brightest when reputations go on the line in the Grade 2 Ballymore Winter Novices' Hurdle (2.25, NAP) at Sandown.

The four-year-old looked a bright prospect when bounding away from his Chepstow rivals in October.

Evan Williams won a Grade 1 race at this meeting last season and might just have similar aspirations for the £140,000 purchase.

Nico de Boinville also has bold jumper MORNING VICAR (1.50) and smart mare VEGAS BLUE (3.35) to look forward to on the card – 24 hours before he takes the reins on great chaser Altior.

The top jockey is without a ride in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (3.00), a race in which DREAM BERRY finished second 12 months ago.

Dream Berry
(Image: PA)

With the ground currently more in his favour this time, the grey looks value to at least make the frame again off a workable mark.

At Exeter, the Download The tote Placepot App Novices' Chase (2.05) is a straightforward task for THE BIG BREAKAWAY.

QUICK WAVE improved over fences last season and is fancied to keep on the upward curve for in-form trainer Venetia Williams in the tote.co.uk Home Of The Placepot Handicap Chase (2.40).

Ben Pauling's team is also going well so BIG DIFFERENCE is worth a second look in the Close Brothers Handicap Chase (3.15).

The Big Breakaway in action at Newbury
(Image: Getty)

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Friday's horse racing tips

EXETER

12.25 WITH PLEASURE

12.55 FULGURIX

1.30 AVOID DE MASTER

2.05 THE BIG BREAKAWAY

2.40 QUICK WAVE

3.15 BIG DIFFERENCE

3.50 FAME AND CONCRETE

NEWCASTLE

3.10 POLYPHONY

3.45 NORDIC FIRE

4.15 DESTACADO

4.45 PATSY FAGAN

5.15 GOWANLAD

5.45 GRAVITY FORCE

6.15 SILENT HUNTER

6.45 MEDICINE JACK

7.15 NUBOUGH

SANDOWN

12.45 MY WAY

1.15 ARDMAYLE

1.50 MORNING VICAR

2.25 STAR GATE (NAP)

3.00 DREAM BERRY

3.35 VEGAS BLUE

SEDGEFIELD

12.00 TOMMY'S OSCAR

12.35 SHANTOU SUNSET

1.05 CRACK DU NINIAN

1.40 THE LATE LEGEND

2.15 SHANTOU EXPRESS (NB)

2.50 FRANCE DE REVE

3.25 NATIVE CHOICE

DOUBLE: STAR GATE and SHANTOU EXPRESS