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17:05 Exeter

Totnes And Bridgetown Future Stars Novices' Hunters' Chase (Class 5)

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 110y
  • Going: Firm, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 45.70s
  • 10 Ran
1
Silk - Royal Blue, White cross belts, chevrons on sleeves, White cap

Bill Haze

12 D
5/4
  • Form 2-21116
  • Age 10
  • Weight 12-3
  • Official Rating 96

always prominent, led 11th, ridden and headed last, no extra

2
Silk - White, Royal Blue disc, sleeves and spots on cap

Bally Blue

24 D
5/1
  • Form 363512
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-11

in touch, ridden approaching 4 out, kept on same pace

3
Silk - Dark Blue, Yellow braces, chevrons on sleeves, Red cap
4/1
  • Form 23P3P7
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-11

led until 11th, stayed prominent, rallied approaching 3 out, hit 2 out, led last, stayed on well

4
Silk - Dark Blue, Red hoops, chevrons on sleeves, Red cap
25/1
  • Form 1/23P1-F
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-11

chased leaders until weakened approaching 4 out, behind when pulled up before last

5
Silk - Yellow, Royal Blue star, Yellow sleeves, White armlets, Yellow cap, Royal Blue star

Nickit (IRE)

9 b D
16/1
  • Form 7434P3
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-11
  • Official Rating 76

chased leaders, hit 12th, weakened after next

6
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow sleeves, Royal Blue stars, Yellow cap
  • Form 57P111
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-11
  • Official Rating 61

raced wide, held up, headway 9th, ridden approaching 4 out, stayed on to go 3rd approaching last

7
Silk - Yellow, Black epaulets and sleeves, Black cap, Yellow spots
50/1
  • Form 32-12UP
  • Age 13
  • Weight 11-11
  • Official Rating 85

held up, headway 8th, ridden to chase leading pair approaching 4 out, weakening when hit 2 out and last

8
Silk - Grey, Dark Blue chevrons on body, Dark Blue cap

Zakley

715 BFD
50/1
  • Form 22213/P-
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-11

in touch, ridden and effort approaching 4 out, soon weakened, very tired when pulled up flat

9
Silk - Black and White diamonds, Black sleeves, White stars, White cap, Black star
10/1
  • Form 221-741
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-11

blundered and unseated rider 1st

10
Silk - Grey, Dark Blue chevrons on body, Dark Blue cap

O'ech

9 D
50/1
  • Form F-24353
  • Age 12
  • Weight 11-4

mistake 2nd, always behind, tailed off from 13th

In depth

Verdict

Presentingthecase is the pick over Bally Blue, Nickit and Bill Haze, with Zesta Fiesta also worth a mention. Presentingthecase was a maiden under rules for Jonjo O'Neill, but since going pointing has really found his feet, and could not have been more impressive over three miles at Andoversford nine days ago, reeling off a third straight victory under today's pilot Sarah West. Taking it up three out, he never looked in danger of defeat, and if taking to the bigger obstacles, will once again take some stopping. Bally Blue was put in his place by Rimpton Boy at Badbury last time but is another progressive sort, while Nickit has the assistance of the vastly experienced Polly Gundry so should not be overlooked either. Bill Haze survived a blunder at the Foinavon fence to get round and finish sixth in the Aintree Foxhunter and had earlier rattled up a hat-trick in hunter-chase company, but Phil Dando's charge has plenty of weight as a consequence. Zesta Fiesta gained a narrow success between the flags last month but has much more to do here, and we much prefer the claims of the progressive Presentingthecase.

Formwatch

Bill Haze 20-1 (12-0) Led 3rd (Chair) to approaching 5th, blundered 11th (Foinavon), ridden 2 out, hit last, soon weakened, 6th of 30, 32l behind Katarino (12-0) at Aintree 2m 5f hts chs (2) gd.

Bally Blue 9-4 (11-0) Chsd ldrs; disp 2nd 8; stayed on frm 2 out; no ch w wnr, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Rimpton Boy (11-0) at Badbury Rings 3m ptp gf in Mar.

Beauchamp Oracle 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened after 6 out, 7th of 16, 50l behind Ramirez (11-5) at Newbury 3m hts chs (6) gd in Mar.

Golden Rivet 33-1 (11-7) Hampered and fell in race won by Red Brook Lad (12-0) at Ludlow 2m 4f hts chs (5) gd in Mar, 18 ran.

Presentingthecase (IRE) 1-3fav (12-5) won at Andoversford 3m ptp gd beating Macy (12-5) by 6l, 4 ran.

Shobrooke Mill 10-1 (11-0) unseated rider in race won by Bally Blue (11-0) at Badbury Rings 3m ptp gf in Feb, 12 ran.

Zesta Fiesta 17-2 (12-0) won at Buckfastleigh 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Sanderstead (12-0) by 3/4l, 12 ran.

O'ech 12-1 (11-7) 3rd of 8, 17l behind Jalons Star (12-5) at Cherrybrook 3m ptp gd.