7 February, 2017 - Several Cheltenham Festival hopefuls looks set to have their final preparation runs at Exeter this weekend when the racecourse stages its annual Super Sunday meeting. The track has received superlative entries from many top class horses with trainers once again franking their approval of the Devon track.
General manager Daniel Thompson said: “We are over the moon with the entries, and we are very hopeful that many of them will stand their ground. Super Sunday at Exeter is a fantastic opportunity for local racegoers to see top class horses in action. It’s a day to savour with many previous winners, such as Native River, going on to register success at the very highest level.”
Native River’s trainer Colin Tizzard has entered Alary who is attempting to get back on track for the Timico Gold Cup track after disappointing at Haydock last month when he pulled up in the Peter Marsh Chase. He is engaged in the 188bet.co.uk Graduation Chase in the hope that his Festival prospects will be revived.
Tea For Two, who famously gave Lizzie Kelly a first grade one success for a female rider in Kempton’s Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, having won Exeter’s Harry Dutfield Memorial, is another entry. He also has a Gold Cup entry.
Finian’s Oscar, a leading contender for the Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle after winning the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown last month, is set to run in the Listed Freebet at Bet188 Novices’ Hurdle, a race previously won by the Coral Welsh National and Hennessy hero Native River.
The race has attracted a plethora of Festival hopefuls including Beyond Conceit, Glaring, High Bridge, Keepers Hill and the Alan King-trained Messire Des Obeaux, this season’s Grade One Betfred Challow Hurdle winner.
Entries in the Pertemps qualifier include the David Pipe-trained Red Sherlock whose unbeaten run of six wins came to an end at the Festival last year when he finished ninth in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.
The feature 188Bet Veteran’s Handicap Chase, leg one of this season’s series, has attracted some familiar names from chasing including Theatrical Star, Alfie Spinner, Harry Topper, Masters Hill, As De Fer, Dare To Endeavour who are all previous course winners with entries also featuring horses engaged in the Randox Health Grand National.
The first of seven races comes under starters’ orders at 1.50pm and there’s a two for one offer on pre-booked Grandstand and Paddock tickets. Further information is available at www.exeter-racecourse.co.uk.