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14:20 Exeter

Bathwick Tyres 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle (Class 4)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
  • Winner: £3,249
  • 2nd: £954
  • 3rd: £477
  • 4th: £238
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 12.40s
  • Off Time: 14:20:36
  • 9 Ran
1
2/1
  • Form: 08-U442
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • Official Rating: 118
  • Trainer: Miss J Du Plessis
  • Jockey: James Best

chased leader until before 4th, went 2nd again after 4th, led before 2 out, strongly pressed when mistake last, soon headed, dropped to 3rd and one pace flat

2
  • Form: 8
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-3
  • Trainer: J Scott
  • Jockey: Matt Griffiths

chased leaders, weakened 5th, soon lost touch, tailed off when blundered and sprawled badly 2 out

3
100/1
  • Form: 00
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • Trainer: C J Down
  • Jockey: J M Davies

took keen hold and held up in rear, reminders after 4th, losing touch when mistake next, tailed off

4
  • Form: 4-564
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • Trainer: V R A Dartnall
  • Jockey: Giles Hawkins

took keen hold, held up towards rear, ridden and hung left from 2 out, went poor 4th before went left and unseated rider last

5
  • Form: 3S2112
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-3
  • Trainer: R Woollacott
  • Jockey: D A Jacob

chased leaders, went 2nd after 2 out, driven to challenge last, led soon after, stayed on well, ridden out

6
  • Form: 2-113
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • Trainer: D Pipe
  • Jockey: T Scudamore

took keen hold, made most until headed before 2 out, lost 2nd soon after 2 out, soon weakened, left poor 4th and blundered last

7

Rafafie

38
40/1
  • Form: 41-806
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • Trainer: Mrs S Gardner
  • Jockey: Lucy Gardner

took keen hold tracking leading pair, went 2nd before 4th until awkward 4th, chased leading pair until 3 out, soon beaten, left poor 5th and hampered last

8
  • Form: 958
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-3
  • Trainer: Miss V Williams
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman

held up in rear, blundered and unseated rider 5th

9
  • Form: 53-6424
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-7
  • Official Rating: 118
  • Trainer: R Walford
  • Jockey: Felix de Giles

chased leaders, went left 3rd, stayed on to 2nd flat, driven and stayed on same pace

In depth

Verdict

PLEASANT COMPANY was far from disgraced in a better race at Ascot in December. He's been given plenty of time to recover and can add a hurdles victory to his portfolio which already includes wins in a point-to-point and a bumper. Sun Wild Life arrives off the back of a decent run at Kempton having only lost out by half-a-length at Fontwell on his hurdles bow. Five of Cool George's career starts have been here and he was only beaten a length-and-a-quarter over track and trip last month while three-times points winner was second on his hurdling debut at Taunton and can improve.

Formwatch

Cool George 3-1 (10-9) Close up, led from 3rd, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Knight Of Noir (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.

Exmoor Challenge 66-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, well beaten from after 6th, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Toubeera (11-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy.

Hot Pepper 100-1 (11-4) In touch until 6th, 11th of 14, well behind Arthur's Oak (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy.

Know More Oats (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, reminders and weakened from 3 out, 4th of 5, well behind Royal Player (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) sft.

Liberty One (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Mid-division, jumped slowly 5th, some headway from next, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on approaching last, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 11l behind Milo Man (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.

Pleasant Company (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Led until 1st, led again before 3rd, ridden and headed well before 2 out, soon dropped to 3rd and no chance with leading duo, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Royal Boy (11-0) at Ascot 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Dec.

Rafafie 66-1 (10-9) Always behind, reminders before 4 out, never dangerous, 6th of 15, well behind Royal Player (11-0) at Exeter 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.

Sand Artist (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, weakened 4 out, 8th of 10, well behind Cole Harden (11-5) at Newbury 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.

Sun Wild Life (FR) 5-2 (10-12) Led, dived at 4 out, headed 3 out, lost 2nd well before next, outpaced approaching 2 out, plugged on to modest 4th between last 2, 4th of 8, 16l behind Goodwood Mirage (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.