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14:35 Exeter Racecard - 7th December 2018

14:35 Exeter
Heavitree Brewery PLC Novices' Chase
  • 4YO plus, 7 Runners
  • Winner £16,245, 2nd £4,770, 3rd £2,385, 4th £1,192
  • Distance 2m 3f 48y
  • Going Soft-good to soft in places
Race Conditions
Course Winner
Distance Winner
Horse Form
Won Last Time Out
Ran Within 30 Days
Order By Odds
# Runner
Silk
1
Black Op N D Fehily T R George 7 yrs, 11-0 237 Form: 9/41221-
7 Tips
He has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and a point-to-point from 2m 1f to 3m on good and soft ground. A winner at 3-1 in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree over 2m 4f (soft) on his latest outing in April, beating Lostintranslation by 1/2l.
Silk
2
Defi Du Seuil B J Geraghty P J Hobbs 5 yrs, 11-0 19 Form: 111/47-5
1 Tip
Has won seven hurdle races and a NH flat race from 1m 4f to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. Well beaten at 4-1 behind Lalor when last of 5 on his chase debut in the Group 2 Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices' Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (good) last month.
Silk
3
Eddy Mr Sean Houlihan Mrs S Gardner 9 yrs, 11-0 16 Form: U27-849 He has won three hurdle races from 2m 4f to 2m 7f on good and good to soft ground. Well beaten at 40-1 behind Solstice Star when 9th of 13 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Chepstow over 3m (good to soft) last month.
Silk
4
Spring Wolf James Best R Walford 10 yrs, 11-0 986 Form: 238P/ Placed in two NH flat races from four starts. Pulled up 2 out when 66-1 at Newton Abbot over 2m 2f (good to soft) in a hurdle race won by Knockgraffon in March '16 on his latest outing. Having his first run for a new stable today, previously with B J M Ryall.
Silk
5
Wind Ops
Topofthegame Harry Cobden P F Nicholls 6 yrs, 11-0 268 Form: 42/F412-
3 Tips
He has won two hurdle races and a point-to-point from 2m 6f to 3m on good to soft and soft ground. Beaten a neck by Bleu Berry when second of 26 at 9-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (soft) in March.
Silk
6
Westend Story R Johnson P J Hobbs 7 yrs, 11-0 20 Form: B/4121-0 He has won two hurdle races and two NH flat races from 2m to 2m 6f on soft and heavy ground. Well beaten at 11-2 behind Speedo Boy when 11th of 14 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) last month.
Silk
7
White Moon T Scudamore C L Tizzard 6 yrs, 11-0 21 Form: F/1117-F
4 Tips
He has won two hurdle races and a point-to-point from 2m 5f to 3m on good and soft ground. Fell at the last when 3-1 at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (good) in a chase won by Count Meribel last month on his chase debut.
View Race Verdict And 15 Tips
Newspaper Tips
Silk Nap Tips Tipsters Odds
Black Op
7 Tips
7 Tips
  • Lee Sobot Yorkshire Evening Post
  • The Scout Daily Express
  • Newsboy Daily Mirror
  • Garry Owen Daily Record
  • Ben Hutton SPOTLIGHT
  • Templegate The Sun
  • Rob Wright The Times
White Moon
4 Tips
4 Tips
  • Whistler Sunday Telegraph
  • Robin Goodfellow Daily Mail
  • The Guardian
  • Tim Mitchell WEST COUNTRY
Topofthegame
3 Tips
3 Tips
  • Andrew Mount Racing and Football Outlook
  • Marlborough Telegraph
  • Jason Heavey The Star
Defi Du Seuil
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • POSTDATA
The Sportsman's Verdict
A deep contest on paper which sees the Ballymore second and Aintree Grade 1 winner, Black Op, make his eagerly awaited chasing debut. Tom George's gelding amassed a very high level of form last season against the likes of Santini, Samcro and Lostintranslation, but his hurdling was far from fluent on occasions and he will need to improve in the jumping department to make into a high-class chaser. He also faces a tough task with the likes of Coral Cup runner-up Topofthegame and WHITE MOON in opposition. Preference is for Colin Tizzard's grey as he made a satisfactory start to his chasing career at Cheltenham, when proving unlucky in coming down at the final fence having been squeezed for room, and can only improve from that experience. Topofthegame brings a good level of form to the table and will prove an obvious threat if his jumping holds up having fallen on his sole chasing start at Newbury last November.
The Sportsman's Prediction
Silk Pos Runner
1st White Moon
2nd Black Op
3rd Topofthegame
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