• 16:00 Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Novices' Chase3m

  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 22.10s
  • Off time: 16:03:00
16:00 Exeter Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st De La Bech 3/2
2nd Big News 33/10


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 31-4022 ROYAL BLUE, RED Cross of Lorraine and sleeves, quartered cap Abnaki (IRE) 34
Distance Winner
8 10-12 p Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 124 5/23.50
2 25-260 Yellow, Brown stripe, Dark Green sleeves, Brown cap Alpancho 29
7 10-12 A J Honeyball Aidan Coleman 118 25/126.00
3 673-531 PALE BLUE, WHITE hoops, CRIMSON cap Big News 27
Distance Winner
7 10-12 t R Lee M G Nolan (5) 121 33/104.30
4 551102 Yellow, Grey sleeves De La Bech 10
Distance Winner
6 10-12 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 125 3/22.50
5 2/421-50 Black and Light Blue (quartered), Black sleeves, White cap Terfel's Toscar (IRE) 126
Beaten Favourite
8 10-12 Tim Vaughan D C Costello 100 40/141.00
6 09111-0 Red, Yellow triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, Red cap, Yellow diamond Velator 13
Distance Winner
6 10-12 A J Honeyball N D Fehily 124 9/110.00


Abnaki made Safran De Cotte work hard for victory at Leicester in January and, taking the form book literally, that gives him the edge over DE LA BECH on a line through Henry Daly's grey who beat the Philip Hobbs-trained novice by four lengths at Chepstow last month. However, the latter looks the more natural chaser and he is fancied to come out on top today with that run under his belt. Big News beat Storm Survivor over this trip at Ludlow and shouldn't be far away now connections have found his best trip but Velator only recently returned to action and may need more time. Alpancho and Terfel's Toscar are best watched until showing signs of a revival.