New Year's Day Racing At Exeter Racecourse Novices' Handicap Chase 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,574 2nd £1,049 3rd £525 4th £262
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 51.70s
- Off time: 15:15:29
|1st||2 The Big Freeze||11/4j|
|2nd||6 Musical Wedge||nse||11/4j|
Russian Song (IRE) 609
|8||166 11-12 p||C L Tizzard||Mr M Legg (7)||105||4/1|
The Big Freeze (IRE) 29
|6||166 11-12 t||Tim Vaughan||R Johnson||105||11/4j|
Sentimentaljourney (IRE) 27
|5||166 11-12||Jonjo O'Neill||R P McLernon||105||12/1|
Lough Coi (IRE) 20
|6||163 11-9 t||A Middleton||D Crosse||102||8/1|
Musical Wedge (ex7) 8
|8||162 11-8||Miss C Dyson||R Thornton||94||11/4j|
Royal Chatelier (FR) 33
|7||159 11-5||M Blake||Nick Scholfield||98||11/2|
Al Shababiya (IRE) 20
|5||156 11-2 p||T R Gretton||Adam Wedge (3)||95||20/1|
Lupita (IRE) 30
|8||140 10-0 t||D D Scott||L Treadwell||64||33/1|
||5||119 t||Mrs Caroline Keevil||James Best||102||NR|
||5||11-5||Nick Williams||J Reveley||15/2|
MUSICAL WEDGE won very easily at Taunton eight days ago and, though carrying a penalty here, looks the one to beat again. The Big Freeze has been raised 3lb for his length second at Musselburgh but is another with decent claims while Sentimentaljourney can probably be forgiven a poor run over a shorter trip at Wincanton last month, though still hasn't managed a win over fences. Royal Chatelier was well beaten on his chasing bow and had a poor strike rate over hurdles and the mare Al Shababiya never seems to run two races alike.
Time Do (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, weakened from 12th, 5th of 6, 40l behind Bennys Mist (11-5) at Exeter 3m Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) hvy in Oct.
The Big Freeze (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Led, hung left before 11th, left clear before 5 out, kept on and headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Or de Grugy (11-5) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Musical Wedge 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 11th, made rest, ridden and ran on, eased run in, won at Taunton 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov beating For The Staff (11-7) by 14l, 7 ran.
Lupita (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, lost 3rd at 9th, outpaced 13th, stayed on to poor 3rd soon after 3 out, 3rd of 6, 41l behind Desperate Dex (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 40-1 (10-13) Behind, slow 5th, driven and headway 11th, weakening when mistake next, modest 4th, 4th of 10, 44l behind Hildisvini (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in Nov.
Sentimentaljourney (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Prominent, lost place 8th, mistake when losing touch 11th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Fairy Rath (11-10) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Mid-division, reminders 8th, pulled up after 6 out, in a race won by Master Neo (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) hvy in Nov, 13 ran.
Russian Song (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Mid-division, reminder after 4th, lost place 6th, behind 8th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Saint Are (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Apr '11, 19 ran.
Lough Coi (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Master Neo (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) hvy in Nov, 13 ran.