14:00 Exeter

Tuesday 7 November 2017

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188Bet Haldon Gold Cup (Grade 2 Limited Handicap Chase)

Class 1  |   2m 1f 109y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places)  |   8 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 14:02  |   Winning time: 4m 35.7s

1st
6
5/2f
T: P F NichollsJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Always prominent, went 2nd after 6th, led before 4 out, 4 lengths clear last, ridden and idled flat, held on op 9/4 tchd 85/40
2nd
2 ¼
5
8/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost (5)
Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, 4 lengths down when hit 2 out, ridden and stayed on under pressure flat, not reach winner op 9/1
3rd
25
8
6/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: J E Moore
Led to 2nd, with leader, led again 4th, ridden and headed before 4 out, soon no chance with front pair, plugged on when strongly pressed for modest 3rd from 2 out op 7/1 tchd 15/2
4th
½
4
7/2
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Tracked leader, led 2nd to 4th, pressed leader, lost place after 6th, outpaced in 4th 5 out, blundered 3 out, plugged on to dispute modest 3rd from next, no chance with front pair op 4/1
5th
14
7
16/1
T: Miss E C LavelleJ: Nick Scholfield
Held up in touch, outpaced 5 out, no chance with leaders before next op 14/1

Also Ran

PU
1
711-10
15/2
T: G L MooreJ: Joshua Moore
Close up on inside, lost place 6th, weakened 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before next op 9/1 tchd 13/2
PU
2
16/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: Adrian Heskin
Held up in touch, chased leaders 6th, blundered next, soon outpaced, weakened 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before next op 14/1
PU
3
5/1
T: B EllisonJ: Danny Cook
Held up in rear, struggling 5 out, never able to challenge, weakened and pulled up before next op 6/1 tchd 13/2

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Betting

Forecast

Politologue (5/2), Garde La Victoire (7/2), Forest Bihan (5/1), Gino Trail (6/1), Ar Mad (15/2), San Benedeto (8/1), Vibrato Valtat (16/1), Sir Valentino (16/1)

Verdict
Paul Nicholls has long had a high opinion of POLITOLOGUE and in receipt of weight from the majority of his rivals he has a good chance. He may well have beaten San Benedeto and Forest Bihan but for falling at Aintree in a Grade One when last seen and here he gets weight from both. Ar Mad is a very high class chaser as a Grade One winner and he could well be the biggest domestic threat to the outstanding Altior this season. He is respected despite top-weight and 11 months out. Also entering the reckoning is last year's winner Sir Valentino who had a fine season and can go well despite being 13lb higher this time round.
  1. Politologue
  2. Ar Mad
  3. Sir Valentino

Previous Winners

2016
Sir Valentino
Weight: 10-8  |Age: 7
Weight: 10-8  |  
Age: 7  |  
J: Adrian Heskin
  |  
T: T R George
10/1
Prize Money
1st:
£37,018.00
2nd:
£13,890.00
3rd:
£6,955.00
4th:
£3,464.00
5th:
£1,742.00
6th:
£871.00

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