Exeter

  • 16:30 Weatherbys Bank Novices' Hurdle2m 7f 110y

  • Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 58.70s
  • Off time: 16:30:57
16:30 Exeter Racecards
No Draw Dist
-1 Leader Of The Gang
1st Southfield Theatre (IRE) 2/5
2nd Billy No Name (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 7 PURPLE and YELLOW stripes, BLACK sleeves and cap Achilles Hare (IRE) 52
Nag me
5 11-3 F O'Brien A P Cawley 33/134.00
2 F2 ROYAL BLUE, PINK star, PINK sleeves, ROYAL BLUE stars, PINK cap, ROYAL BLUE star Azure Aware (IRE) 65
Nag me
6 11-3 K C Bailey Sam Twiston-Davies 14/115.00
3 04586-0 Yellow, light green hollow box, striped sleeves, light green cap Barry The Barber (IRE) 304
Nag me
7 11-3 Mrs Tracey Barfoot-Saunt Mr G Barfoot-Saunt 76 301/2151.50
4 33-43F5 ROYAL BLUE, PINK star on body and cap, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, PINK stars Billy No Name (IRE) 17
Nag me
5 11-3 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 115 6/17.00
5 472/P79- Dark Blue, Pink epaulets, Pink sleeves, Dark Blue diamonds, Pink cap Carheney River (IRE) 431
Nag me
8 11-3 C Heard L Heard 50/151.00
7 351-603 Cerise, royal blue and cerise quartered cap Social Overdrive (IRE) 35
Nag me
7 11-3 Miss E Baker James Banks (7) 33/134.00
8 34-13 White, dark blue cross belts, red and white check sleeves, red cap Southfield Theatre (IRE) 88
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 11-3 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 2/51.40
9 32-322 Black, Pink cross belts, Black sleeves, Pink stars Tidal Dance (IRE) 50
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-3 Miss E C Lavelle D C Costello 121 7/24.50
10 99 Light Blue, Dark Blue diamond, Black cap, Light Blue spots Upton Wood 69
Nag me
7 11-3 C J Down J M Davies 661/1067.10
Non runners
6335-442Leader Of The Gang711-3D PipeT Scudamore121

Verdict

A trio of promising novices face the starter here and there may not be much to choose between them. Leader Of The Gang and Tidal Dance were both narrowly beaten in handicap company last time and should be winning soon but SOUTHFIELD THEATRE arguably has more scope so gets the nod. Paul Nicholls' bumper winner was only beaten 12 lengths by subsequent Challow Hurdle winner Taquin De Seuil in a Grade 2 at Sandown in December when making his hurdles debut and has been given plenty of time to mature. Ex-pointer Azure Aware is worth noting for future reference but Billy No Name is in danger of becoming disappointing and Social Overdrive hasn't shown much aptitude for hurdling so far.