Having jumped poorly in her first two runs over fences, The Nipper was a lucky winner at Exeter when the clear leader fell at the last. She only just hung on in the end, though has been left on the same mark. TACENDA has been far from disgraced in Listed contests at Carlisle and Newbury since winning at Fontwell. She races on heavy ground for the first time but gets 2lb from her sole rival so can come out on top.
The Nipper (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Keen, led and soon clear, pecked 1st, reduced lead 5th, clear again 8th, reduced lead when mistake 4 out, mistake and headed next, chased clear leader, 10 lengths down when left clear and mistake last, idled run-in, held on, won at Exeter 2m 1f (3) sft in Dec beating Shaama Grise (11-0) by 1l, 5 ran.
Tacenda (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Sometimes jumped right, led, headed before 3 out where not fluent, chased winner, ridden and lost 2nd next, weakened between last 2, 4th of 7, 11 1/4l behind Ms Parfois (10-12) at Newbury 2m 7f lst (1) sft in Dec.