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18:30 Taunton

Bathwick Tyres Novices' Chase (Class 4)

  • 4 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 7f 110y
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £6,250 added
  • Winner: £4,061
  • 2nd: £1,192
  • 3rd: £596
  • 4th: £298
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 58.50s
  • Off Time: 18:30:15
  • 4 Ran
1
Silk - Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves

Beeves (IRE)

43 b D
13/8
  • Form 123230
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 131

led until 2nd, led again next, ran in snatches, headed 5th, hampered 7th, hard ridden when blundered 12th, soon weakened, tailed off from 4 out, moderate 4th

2
Silk - ROYAL BLUE and ORANGE check, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap, ORANGE star
6/4
  • Form 1/61-172
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 123

always prominent, led 2nd, headed next, jumped right 7th, led next, driven clear 3 out, ran on well

3
Silk - White, Grey spots, White cap
  • Form 3-36170
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-12

tracked leaders, took keen hold, under pressure 5 out, weakened next, modest 3rd

4
Silk - Purple, yellow star, red sleeves, yellow cap
  • Form 40361/1
  • Age 10
  • Weight 10-12
  • Official Rating 120

tracked leaders, led 5th, headed 8th, rallied 4 out, weakened 2 out

In depth

Verdict

Beeves led for a circuit in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham before weakening. He was earlier third to Victor Hewgo at Doncaster and, on a line through the winner, looks to have the beating of Cowards Close, who jumped poorly on his fencing bow on Town Moor. It's a bit of a worry that FIX IT RIGHT is making his chasing debut this late in the season but he has always looked the type to do well over the larger obstacles so we'll take him to make a winning start, though the lightly-raced Gunna Be A Devil can't be ignored either.

Formwatch

Beeves (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Made most until after 14th, led 16th until 17th, ridden after 4 out, weakened next, 11th of 15, well behind Midnight Prayer (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m Listed Amateur Novice Chase (5yo+) (1) gs in Mar.

Cowards Close (IRE) 5-4 (11-0) Led, mistake 1st, shaken up when mistake and headed 3 out, no impression last, one pace, 2nd of 3, 11l behind Victor Hewgo (11-7) at Doncaster 3m nov chs (4) gd in Mar.

Fix It Right (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, no extra approaching last, 10th of 17, 26l behind Mister Newby (11-9) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.

Gunna Be A Devil (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Led, narrowly headed 6th, led again just before next, clear after 3 out, ridden before next, driven and joined last, under pressure and strongly pressed flat, stayed on gamely, all out, won at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec beating Kilrush (11-4) by nk, 9 ran.