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  • 15:10 Best Mate Beginners' Chase2m 1f 110y

  • £9,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £5,854 2nd £1,719 3rd £860 4th £429
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 4m 10.69s
  • Off time: 15:10:50
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Halo slips on fencing debut

Classy hurdler comes a cropper at Exeter

Last Updated: 20/10/10 8:48am

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Celestial Halo: A faller on fencing bow

Celestial Halo: A faller on fencing bow

Former Champion Hurdle runner-up and Arkle Trophy prospect Celestial Halo capsized at the fourth last on his fencing bow at Exeter on Tuesday.

Ruby Walsh was cruising on the six-year-old upsides Rougham when the pair fell independently at the first fence in the straight.

This suddenly brought Diamond Brook (9-1) and Jocheski back into proceedings from a long way back, with the former getting home in front by a head.

Walsh said of the 1/4 favourite: "He was jumping super before that, but he just got on top of it. It's better he did it then than in the Arkle."

Trainer Paul Nicholls admitted he remains unsure as to whether the horse will take to chasing.

"It's not ideal, obviously, and it's back to the drawing board now, but plenty of horses have fallen on their debuts," he said.

"He had jumped beautifully up to then - he just stepped at it and that was one of his traits over hurdles.

"It might be that he won't take to fences, but he'll have another school and we'll have a talk with Andy (Stewart, owner) and see what we want to do.

"We could always go back to hurdles if we want to. It's always been at the back of my mind that he is by Galileo and is Flat-bred."

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