Neil Mulholland scored an across the card treble yesterday with What’s Left winning the feature Great Point Media Investments Handicap Chase at Exeter and Ashcott Boy and Fingerontheswitch both scoring at Worcester.
Kasbadali was sent off the 11-4 favourite to land the race but the Oliver Sherwood-trained ten-year-old could get no closer than fifth with What’s Left landing the spoils under Sam Twiston-Davies, seeing off his pursuer He’s A Bully by a length.
The seven-year-old had been disappointing on his chasing debut at Southwell in August, but connections put that down to needing an educational experience and he came good here for his owner Angela Hart who acquired him 18 months ago.
Fergal O’Brien had Mystifiable on song for his seasonal debut in the Hague Print Management Handicap Hurdle with the seven-year-old, in the hands of Conor Shoemark, digging deep in the final furlong to repel the challenge of Fred Le Macon.
O’Brien, who was full of praise for the condition of the track, said the gelding’s future lies over fences. “He’s come back from an injury and as long as he is ok that’s the plan,” he said. “And I am delighted for his owners Graham and Alison Jelley,” added the trainer who has sent out eight winners since moving back to former boss Nigel Twiston-Davies top yard at Naunton.
Our Folly and Do We Like Him locked horns over the last and fought it out neck and neck up the run-in in the Aggregate Industries Help For Heroes Novices’ Handicap Hurdle. Despite hanging badly left within sight of victory, the Tom Cannon-ridden Do We Like Him, an 8-1 chance, was gutsiest to the line with Our Folly a length and three quarters behind. Winning trainer Chris Gordon missed the victory as he had an appointment with the dentist.
The beginners’ chase was reduced to a four-runner race with Sky Watch a non-runner and that reduced to three with Bonne Fee falling four out. How About It forged ahead before the last and was pushed out for an easy win by Leighton Aspell with the Paul Nicholls-trained favourite Ballycoe finishing tired and last of the three.
Nicholls was quickly compensated with Abidjan scoring an easy win in the following Great Point Investments Novices’ Hurdle giving Twiston-Davies a double on the day.
“He took a long while to mature and come into himself but he’s a really nice horse, “said Nicholls.
It was an interesting race with the winner veering badly left when the starters tape went up, and the rest of the runners looking on motionless; giving him an eight lengths start. He kept his position at the head of the field to win by 11 lengths.
Bulletproof ploughed through the last in the conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle but that didn’t stop his momentum and he went on to score easily in the hands of Sean Bowen for Ken Cunningham-Brown.