October 19 / 12.00 Exeter

12.00 Exeter

Good

Best Mate Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10047.86
  • 2m 1f 109y
  • Class 3
  • 2 runners
  • Win time: 4m 13s
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Best Mate Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 2 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

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4/11 (Won)

  • Win: £1.30

Form: 24-111 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
3-3 in small-field chases this season, most recently when beating three rivals very easily in Newton Abbot handicap (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago; 7lb higher here but has very good chance to add to his haul.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

2

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

16:55 Chepstow

Mick Pastor

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Very well suited by good ground and enjoyed productive spell in small-field chases in early part of this season (four wins); found Grade 1 novice too hot this month, after a break, but is back in calmer waters here current mark ought to be workable.

5th

6

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:00 Aintree

Mick Pastor

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Made hay early in the season, winning four times, but his progress was halted with two defeats in November, well-held third to Third Time Lucki at Cheltenham latest; faces stiff task and usual hood is removed.

25/1

3rd

3

13th Nov 2021

Good

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

13:40 Cheltenham

Mick Pastor

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Having won four small-field novice chases this season (2m, good/good to soft), he didn't see out 2m4f as well as Captain Tom Cat when second of three in a Grade 2 novice at Wincanton (good) last Saturday; may be able to turn the tables now back down in trip and 5lb better off with the winner, but also faces an exciting opponent in Third Time Lucki.

5/1

Form: 2-2222

Last run: 114 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in five consecutive handicap hurdles since fitted with cheekpieces in the spring (2m-3m1f, all on good ground); back up to career-high mark for today's chasing debut and the forecast rain is probably not in his favour, but his impressive point win in 2018 suggests he could have a good future over fences.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

10th Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 2

18:51 Newton Abbot

Sebastopol

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

held up in rear, headway into midfield and bumped 3rd, went fourth 7th, went third and pressed leaders before 2 out, ridden and mistake 2 out, soon outpaced, weakened run-in, lost third final strides

11/4

3rd

3

7th May 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:00 Haydock

Sebastopol

11st 6lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

1st

1

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

16:55 Chepstow

Sebastopol

11st 12lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Fell at first fence at Ayr 16 days ago and has now failed to complete three of his six chases but easily drew clear of a next-time-out winner to score at Kempton (2m, good; first-time visor) last month and will be dangerous if in similar form again here.

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