Today's racecards

Exeter

  • 15:00 Bathwick Tyres Taunton Graduation Chase3m

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

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 54.30s
  • Off time: 15:00:12
15:00 Exeter Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Harry Topper 5/4
2nd Hawkes Point 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 F25215/ Dark Green, Black hoop, Black cap Bensalem (IRE) 673
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-7 A King R Thornton 145 9/110.00
3 1127-11 BLACK, GREEN hoop and armlets, GREEN cap, BLACK spots Harry Topper 73
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-7 K C Bailey J M Maguire 143 5/42.25
4 14-1313 WHITE, DARK BLUE sash, hooped sleeves, WHITE cap Highland Lodge (IRE) 29
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle D Elsworth 139 9/43.25
5 5/125-21 RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Hawkes Point 40
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 139 4/15.00
6 37/F2PP- Black, White hoop and sleeves, hooped cap Pearlysteps 323
Nag me
10 11-0 H D Daly Jake Greenall 138 16/117.00
Non runners
2P/1334-2Cappa Bleu (IRE)1111-7Evan WilliamsPaul Moloney146

Verdict

HARRY TOPPER doesn't have an entry in the RSA Chase and may miss Cheltenham altogether but Kim Bailey looks to have a high-class chaser of the future on his hands judged on his two runs to date over the larger obstacles. He beat the well-regarded Rocky Creek over course and distance in October and then stayed on too strongly for subsequent Grade 1 winner Benefficient at Newbury when today's rival Highland Lodge was back in third - a hat-trick beckons. Cappa Bleu may not be the force of old and the once-useful Bensalem lacks a recent run but Hawkes Point is lightly-raced for his age and came good over fences here on New Year's Day - he shouldn't be underestimated.