Exeter

  • 15:55 Higos Insurance Services Devon National Handicap Chase3m 6f 153y

  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 8m 51.57s
  • Off time: 15:55:17
15:55 Exeter Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fourovakind 9/2
2nd Saroque (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 5-512P3 Red, Black chevron, Black and Red striped sleeves Wizards Bridge 14
Course Winner
7 11-12 b C L Tizzard D A Jacob 131 9/25.50
2 47-1544 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Saroque (IRE) 20
Course Winner
9 11-10 Miss V Williams L Treadwell 129 8/19.00
3 P590-5P Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue sleeves Return Spring (IRE) 48
Course Winner
9 11-8 p1 P J Hobbs James Best 127 9/110.00
4 631-319 Black, White star, Black and Red halved sleeves, Red cap, White star Thomas Wild 243
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-7 P J Hobbs M G Nolan 126 16/117.00
5 P31-223 Maroon, beige star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Alberobello (IRE) 21
8 11-6 t J Scott Matt Griffiths (3) 125 8/19.00
6 3133-3P White, Royal Blue triple diamond, Red sleeves and cap Fourovakind 48
11 11-5 b H Whittington G Sheehan 124 9/25.50
7 42PR-R5 Dark blue, orange diamond, quartered cap Alpha Victor (IRE) 20
11 11-3 t W Kinsey P Buchanan 122 12/113.00
8 112F/P-5 Purple and red diamonds, purple sleeves and cap Merlin's Wish 31
11 10-12 p1 M Keighley Ian Popham 117 12/113.00
10 38332P Royal blue, white stars, yellow sleeves, royal blue stars, yellow cap, royal blue star Finish The Story (IRE) 82
Beaten Favourite
10 10-10 bt J Farrelly A P Cawley 115 10/111.00
11 144/42P Royal Blue, Red cross belts, Red and Royal Blue diabolo on sleeves, Red cap Nail 'm (IRE) 43
Beaten Favourite
8 10-7 p N J Hawke Sam Twiston-Davies 112 6/17.00
12 U31P5P Gold, black diamond, hooped sleeves and diamonds on cap Teochew (IRE) 27
8 10-5 t M B Shears A Glassonbury 110 100/1101.00
13 233-411 Beige, maroon armlets Armedanddangerous (IRE) 31
11 10-3 b T R Gretton J M Davies 108 14/115.00
Non runners
946U-F14Rocky Bender (IRE)1110-11Miss V WilliamsCharlie Deutsch116

Verdict

Thomas Wild was last of six finishers in this last year, behind fourth-placed Finish The Story, though fared better than Merlin's Wish who was pulled up. Armedanddangerous was only fourth in 2014 when 6lb lower but arrives here in good form having won at Uttoxeter and Wetherby recently. Alberobello and Thomas Wild are closely matched on their run together at Stratford last spring but the former will have benefited from a recent pipe-opener over hurdles at Chepstow and can come out on top this time. Return Spring could be interesting having his sights lowered and another course winner, Wizards Bridge, got back on track at Kempton two weeks ago. SAROQUE was fourth off a higher mark in the Welsh National last month so stamina won't be a problem and he may have the class to defy his big weight.