Racegoers have a treat to enjoy at Exeter today with 85 runners in a seven race card, with the feature the Best Mate Beginners’ Chase.
Five horses will go to post including the Paul Nicholls’ trained Southfield Stone, the winner of the Grade 2 Dovecote over hurdles at Kempton in February. He makes his debut over fences today.
An amateur riders’ handicap hurdle kicks off the card with Johnny Farrelly saddling two, including Chance It who was a ready winner at the course earlier this month and is upped 7lb for that effort with stable mate Dawn Troupler making his handicap debut.
The two mile maiden hurdle looks a particularly good race with decent horses from top stables entered. Emma Lavelle’s highly regarded Hang In There is among the runners. He started favourite at the course two weeks ago, but unshipped his jockey at the first flight. He’ll be a warm order to make amends, but he’ll face fierce competition from David Pipe’s unbeaten Eden Du Houx, a first timer over hurdles, Easyrun De Vassy, who returns to action after a wind operation and Getaway Fred, another having a first run over hurdles.
Irish invader Thegoaheadman is an interesting runner in the Savona Food Service Handicap Hurdle. He’s stepped up in trip having won at Downpatrick in May with today’s jockey, Robbie Power, in the saddle.
David Pipe’s runner Jasmin Des Bordes was third on his last start and makes his handicap debut while Harry Fry’s As I See It returns after a long break and Jubilympics was beaten just half a length at Warwick two weeks ago, staying on well near the finish.
Feature race of the day is the Prydis Love Devon Handicap Chase where the Tom George-trained Another Stowaway could have his moment in the lime light. He’s back from a break, goes well fresh and is unexposed. Also in the reckoning are Portway Flyer who may appreciate the step up in trip, as might Midnight Chill and Golden Sunrise who looks on a decent mark on his handicap debut.
Write It Down, a winner at Warwick last month lines up in the Exeter Handicap Chase. Despite going up 5lb for that success he’s in with a shout, with the stable in good form. The opposition will come from Cheque En Blanc who goes well fresh and was beaten just three lengths off the same mark at Wincanton in January and First Figaro who went close at Market Rasen last month.
A bumper concludes the card with the market the best indicator as always, but Jessica Harrington’s second runner on the card is the ¢58,000 foal The Rebel Outlaw whose dam was a two-year-old sprint winner.
This is set to be an exciting day, make sure you get your tickets here.