Racecards

14:30 Exeter

European Breeders' Fund Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £4,000 added
  • Winner: £2,599
  • 2nd: £763
  • 3rd: £382
  • 4th: £191
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 43.00s
  • Off Time: 14:30:31
  • 9 Ran
1
Silk - Yellow, emerald green and yellow striped sleeves
  • Form 1P2275
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 109

prominent, slightly outpaced after 7th, stayed on from 3 out, went 3rd before next

2
Silk - Emerald Green and Red check, Red sleeves and cap
50/1
  • Form PP
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

mid-division, bumped 1st, headway 5th, outpaced after 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off

3
Silk - Royal Blue, Light Blue sash and sleeves, Royal Blue and White check cap
9/1
  • Form 24
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

held up in touch, bumped 1st, not fluent 5th, pushed along after next, lost touch from 7th, went remote 4th flat

4
Silk - Dark Blue, Emerald Green stars, Dark Blue sleeves, Dark Blue cap, Emerald Green star

Florafern

76 BF
7/4
  • Form 222-F29
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-0

held up in touch, bumped 1st, closed 4th, challenged 3 out, led next, comfortably

5
Silk - Royal Blue and Light Blue (quartered), Light Blue sleeves, Royal Blue armlets
100/1
  • Form P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

in rear, behind 5th, tailed off

6
Silk - Yellow and White stripes, Yellow sleeves and cap
  • Form 22-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

jumped left and not fluent, towards rear, bumped 4th, behind after next, pulled up before 2 out

7
Silk - Dark Blue, White cross belts, White cap, Dark Blue star
  • Form 7-96252
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 105

prominent, led approaching 3 out, headed next, edged left before last, stayed on same pace and no impression flat

8
Silk - Light Green and White (quartered), halved sleeves
20/1
  • Form 777-493
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-0

led, ridden, headed and 3rd when blundered 3 out, weakened next

9
Silk - Yellow, black epaulets, chevrons on sleeves

Kabira

49
100/1
  • Form 07
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-5

held up, not much room when mistake 1st, mistake 4th, behind 7th

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Florafern is much better than she showed when favourite at Ludlow on her latest start in December but it's a bit of a worry that she hasn't been seen since. Wishes And Stars ran her best race so far when second at Wincanton last month and has the beating of Withy Mills on earlier Taunton running, while a market move for the returning Tulia De Gravelle would have to be taken seriously. But SAPPHIRE ROUGE had some decent form in the autumn and, dropping back in distance, is fancied to defy her penalty.

Formwatch

Sapphire Rouge (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) In rear, well behind when hit 3 out, stayed on well past beaten horses from last, almost snatched 4th, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 18l behind Storm Survivor (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 1f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Jan.

Anomalous 14-1 (11-7) in a race won by Tara Tavey (11-7) at Buckfastleigh 3m ptp gs in Feb, 18 ran.

Dimpsy Time 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 4th of 13, 7l behind The Wee Lass (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mrs N H flat (5) gs in Jan.

Florafern 6-5fav (10-10) Towards rear, ridden and effort after 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Lady Kathleen (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.

Just Kates Girl 66-1 (10-12) In rear, well behind 7th, pulled up after, in a race won by Night Rose (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 16 ran.

Tulia De Gravelle (FR) (9-13) 2nd of 10, 6l behind Toscan Des Brosses (9-13) at Corlay(FR) 1m 3f n h flat 3yo sft in Jul '10.

Wishes And Stars (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway after 8th, led and jumped left 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no impression, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Cocacobana (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.

Withy Mills 100-1 (10-2) Prominent, mistake 3rd, outaced 6th, stayed on from 2 out, left 3rd last, closing on 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Valmari (10-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.

Kabira 66-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, held up in touch, outpaced 5f out soon lost place, tailed off, 7th of 8, 34l behind Umadachar (10-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (6) sft in Jan.