Exeter

  • 14:10 RNLI Novices' Chase3m

  • Winner £6,330 2nd £1,870 3rd £935 4th £468
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 14.60s
  • Off time: 14:10:26
14:10 Exeter Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Smad Place (FR) 4/11
2nd Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 173220- Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 244
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-3 Dr R D P Newland T J O'Brien 5/16.00
2 032/249- DARK BLUE and WHITE check, DARK BLUE sleeves, WHITE cap, DARK BLUE star Counting House (IRE) 334
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 11-3 J A B Old M D Grant 33/134.00
3 24P5-27 White, red cross of lorraine, red sleeves, white armlets Phone Home (IRE) 17
Nag me
6 11-3 Nick Mitchell Nick Scholfield 115 50/151.00
4 111131- Pale blue, cherry spots, blue cap Seymour Eric 208
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-3 p M Keighley Ian Popham 6/17.00
5 F/3233-U GREY and MAROON diamonds, GREY sleeves Smad Place (FR) 10
Nag meBeaten Favourite
6 11-3 A King R Thornton 4/111.36
6 U1-P Black and Pink diabolo, Pink sleeves, Black armlets, Black and Pink quartered cap Typical Oscar (IRE) 21
Nag me
6 11-3 M Blake Tom Cannon 100/1101.00

Verdict

Smart staying hurdler SMAD PLACE was clear and travelling easily when blundering and unseating Choc Thornton at the last on his chasing bow at Huntingdon. The grey had jumped well up to that point and is worth another chance to prove he is a useful prospect. Seymour Eric really got his act together over timber last season, winning five times between 2m4f and 3m2f. He has the size to make a chaser but, despite his progress, was still rated 23lb inferior to the selection. Ardkilly Witness is an out-and-out stayer but was second in a Grade 2 hurdle on heavy going at Haydock in February and has plenty of ability. He's already won between the flags so could be another to follow in the coming months.