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Last Updated: November 6, 2012 4:52pm
Theatre Guide: Got the better of leading fancy Hinterland
Theatre Guide turned over the hot favourite Hinterland in the Gain Horse Feeds Novices' Chase at Exeter.
All eyes had been on Paul Nicholls' smart hurdler who is expected to make up into a leading novice chaser this season but it was the year older son of King's Theatre who completed a quickfire double for Colin and Joe Tizzard and owner
Jean Bishop following the success of Cue Card half an hour earlier.
Held-up some way adrift of the early pace as Peckhamecho and Hinterland traded blows, Tizzard allowed his mount to ease into contention in the home straight before sealing victory with a smooth leap at the last.
Hinterland finished 11 lengths adrift having jumped well in the main but the one mistake he made was a bad one with Ruby Walsh doing well to keep the partnership intact.
Walsh had been motionless in the straight but when the eventual winner joined issue at the second last, it was clear his early exertions had taken their toll as the response was limited.
Tizzard senior said: "He's still a nice young horse. Joe said he's so accurate and has scope to burn. He's a big boy.
"I thought Joe was doing a good schooling job down the back, but then they stopped in front. I would think he'll go to Cheltenham next."
Theatre Guide was handed a quote of 14-1 for the Arkle Challenge Trophy by Sky Bet.