13:05 Exeter

Nigel Gooding Happy 40th Birthday Beginners' Chase (Class E)

  • 12 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 110y
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
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Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 55.80s
  • 12 Ran
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Silk - Black, Pink triple diamond and diamonds on cap
  • Form 434020-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-2

held up in touch, ridden 9th, weakened and soon tailed off

Silk - Dark Blue, White epaulets, striped sleeves, White cap
  • Form 4-U452P
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-2

towards rear when brought down 4th

Silk - BLACK, RED seams, WHITE cap


  • Form 441/1-56
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2

held up last, ridden and headway 8th, tracked leaders and ridden 4 out, blundered 3 out, one pace

Silk - BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves
  • Form 14F0-53
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-2

prominent, chased leader 9th, led soon after 4 out, ridden 3 out, headed 2 out and bumped, rallied and hard ridden to lead close home

Silk - Red, Red sleeves, Emerald Green diamonds
  • Form 0/5-5
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-2

mid-division, headway 6th, 4th when went lame and pulled up quickly before 8th

Silk - YELLOW, PURPLE stripe
  • Form 50/P00-0
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2

held up last, jumped left 3rd, ridden 7th, fell 9th

Silk - BLACK, WHITE chevron, WHITE sleeves, ORANGE armlets and cap
  • Form 41/103-F
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-2

tracked leader, led approaching 4 out, headed soon after, weakened approaching last

Silk - PINK and GREY diamonds, PINK cap
  • Form 61-F3
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-2

mid-division when fell 4th

Silk - BEIGE and RED check, RED sleeves and cap
  • Form 00P1P/
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-2

prominent, ridden after 8th, weakened 9th

Silk - Royal Blue, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap
  • Form 1042-05
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-2

held up in mid-division, ridden 10th, soon weakened

Silk - GOLD, BLACK sleeves, BLACK and RED check cap
  • Form 14/6-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-2

held up in touch, lost touch 7th, blundered 10th, soon behind

Silk - Royal Blue and White (quartered), Royal Blue sleeves, Red and White quartered cap
  • Form 1321-40
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-11

led, ridden and headed approaching 4 out, soon outpaced, rallied led and bumped 2 out, hard ridden and headed close home

In depth


With the top-rated horse, Bronzesmith, currently on a mark of 104 in this sphere, it is highly unlikely that any Cheltenham Festival contenders will emerge from this Beginners' Chase. So the betting market could be a good guide as to what is expected of some of the newcomers to fences. Christopher, Mickey Croke and Madam Flora all merit a second look on their hurdles form, but slender in the search for a fair price gives preference to Bunkum, who achieved the highest rating of this bunch over timber. The Richard Lee-trained eleven-year-old is a little long in the tooth to be switching to fences but he doesn't have too many miles on the clock and arrives here after a blow-out when outclassed behind Rhinestone Cowboy at Haydock last month. The selection will have benefited greatly from that run despite finishing tailed-off and can be expected to fare better for his introduction to chasing in this sort of company. Richard Lee has secured the services of the capable Tom Doyle for the ride, so with trip and ground also in his favour, Bunkum looks the one to side with for a sporting bet in, what in truth, is a little bit of a guessing game.