Today's racecards

Exeter

  • 14:55 Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle 2m 7f 110y

  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 18.60s
  • Off time: 14:56:39
14:55 Exeter Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Fingal Bay (IRE) 9/2
2nd If In Doubt (IRE) 6/1
3rd Imperial Leader (IRE) 13/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 8P-5P25 Yellow, Mauve spots on sleeves Quartz de Thaix (FR) 15
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-12 b Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 147 20/121.00
2 4P2-121 Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue sleeves Return Spring (IRE) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-8 P J Hobbs James Best (3) 143 14/115.00
3 112/12R- LIGHT BLUE and ROYAL BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves and cap Fingal Bay (IRE) 429
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
8 11-7 P J Hobbs R Johnson 142 9/25.50
4 1110-44 White, dark blue star, checked sleeves, quartered cap Broadway Buffalo (IRE) 89
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-4 t1 D Pipe C O'Farrell 139 12/113.00
5 2163-12 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap If In Doubt (IRE) 29
Nag me
6 11-0 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 135 6/17.00
7 211-9 Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Top Gamble (IRE) 86
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 10-12 t1 D Pipe T Scudamore 133 3/14.00
8 7/81-24 Royal Blue, Yellow stars, Yellow cap Berkeley Barron (IRE) 106
Nag me
6 10-9 t P J Hobbs M G Nolan (3) 130 16/117.00
9 28-2F21 Yellow, White Cross of Lorraine, hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap Carole's Destrier 38
Nag me
6 10-9 N P Mulholland Michael Byrne (3) 130 11/26.50
10 1437-02 Black, White stars, striped sleeves, Black cap Imperial Leader (IRE) 22
Nag me
6 10-8 t N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 129 13/27.50
11 2B3-05P RED, YELLOW sash, striped sleeves and star on cap Bathwick Brave (IRE) 24
Nag me
7 10-7 t J Farrelly D C Costello 128 50/151.00
13 04136F Pink, light blue diamond and sleeves Tweedledrum 8
Nag me
7 10-4 p T Symonds Benjamin Poste (5) 125 40/141.00
14 0-0P296 Dark Blue, Pink star, Pink sleeves, Dark Blue stars, Dark Blue cap, Pink star Old Tricks (IRE) 10
Nag me
7 10-0 p C L Tizzard Brendan Powell 117 25/126.00
Non runners
61-12318Sheriff Hutton (IRE)1110-13M HillHadden Frost134
122/22F-12Rydon Pynes610-4M Hill2nd Preference125

Verdict

Philip Hobbs has a really strong hand in this handicap as all four of his runners have decent claims. There may not be much between Return Spring and Quartz De Thaix on their run together at Cheltenham last month and it's significant that Richard Johnson rides Fingal Bay, a high-class novice at one time but returning from injury today. Berkeley Barron is a decent novice but the yard can strike with IF IN DOUBT. He was second to the very smart Saphir Du Rheu in a Listed race at Kempton last time and can shrug off a further 3lb rise in the weights. Broadway Buffalo may be the pick of David Pipe's pair and easy Huntingdon winner Carole's Destrier also catches the eye while Imperial Leader ran a cracker behind Irish Saint at Ascot and can't be ignored.