Bathwick Tyres Taunton Graduation Chase 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 2, 5 runners)
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924 5th £462 6th £232
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 54.30s
  • Off time: 15:00:12
Full result
Result 15:00 Exeter
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Harry Topper 5/4f
2nd 5 Hawkes Point 12 4/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 F25215/
Dark Green, Black hoop, Black cap Bensalem (IRE) 673
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: F25215/
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
10 161 11-7 A King R Thornton 145 9/1
3 1127-11
BLACK, GREEN hoop and armlets, GREEN cap, BLACK spots Harry Topper 73
  • T:K C Bailey
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: 1127-11
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
6 161 11-7 K C Bailey J M Maguire 143 5/4f
4 14-1313
WHITE, DARK BLUE sash, hooped sleeves, WHITE cap Highland Lodge (IRE) 29
  • T:Miss E C Lavelle
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 14-1313
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
7 161 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle D Elsworth 139 9/4
5 5/125-21
RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Hawkes Point 40
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 5/125-21
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 139
  • Naps:
8 158 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 139 4/1
6 37/F2PP-
Black, White hoop and sleeves, hooped cap Pearlysteps 323
  • T:H D Daly
  • J:Jake Greenall
  • Form: 37/F2PP-
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 11-0
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
10 154 11-0 H D Daly Jake Greenall 138 16/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
2 P/1334-2
Cappa Bleu (IRE) 90
  • Nag Me
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Evan Williams
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: P/1334-2
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 11-7t
  • OR: 146
  • Naps:
11 117 t Evan Williams Paul Moloney 146 NR

In depth

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.

Formwatch

Cappa Bleu (IRE) 2-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, headway 12th, hampered 4 out, chased winner before 3 out, beaten next, 2nd of 5, 28l behind Across The Bay (11-10) at Carlisle 3m grad ch (2) hvy in Nov.

Harry Topper 3-1 (11-6) In touch, not fluent in places, hampered 4 out, headway after 2 out, stayed on strongly to lead close home, won at Newbury 3m nov chs Grade 2 (1) sft in Nov beating Benefficient (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.

Hawkes Point 5-6fav (10-13) Led, narrowly headed 12th, pressed leader, pushed along to slight lead again and edged left from before 4 out, driven before last, hung left flat, stayed on best to assert final 100 yards, won at Exeter 3m nov chs (3) hvy in Jan beating Gullinbursti (10-13) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.

Bensalem (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Held up, slightly hampered 2nd, not fluent 7th, headway 10th, hit 12th, hampered next, close 4th when blundered badly 2 out, mistake last, no extra flat, 5th of 15, 8l behind Prince De Beauchene (10-5) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Apr '11.

Pearlysteps 12-1 (10-10) Often jumped right, held up, some headway 12th, weakened 16th, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Ikorodu Road (10-8) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar, 10 ran.

Highland Lodge (IRE) 6-5fav (11-8) Led, not fluent early, headed before 8th, led after next, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Rocky Creek (11-5) at Warwick 3m nov chs (2) sft in Jan.