15:40 Exeter 21 Mar 2017

Higos Insurance Services Novices' Chase (Class 3) (5YO plus)

Winner £7,148 - 3 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

2m 3f 48y

Good to Soft (Good in places)

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No.
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Horse
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Timeform says (star rating)
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Position
1
26-4125
iT
White, royal blue epaulets, white sleeves, red spots, royal blue cap (G Mason,sir A Ferguson,mr&Mrs P K Barb)

Clan Des Obeaux (FR)  45 

b g Kapgarde - Nausicaa Des Obeaux (April Night)

5 11-3
150
5 11-3
150

Made a deep impression on second start over fences at Newbury in November before runner-up in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham. Not himself at Sandown last time, but should resume winning ways after a break.

Made a deep impression on second start over fences at Newbury in November before runner-up in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham. Not himself at Sandown last time, but should resume winning ways after a break.

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Clan Des Obeaux Score: 425

1
2
19-1122
iT
Light blue, pink chevrons, light blue sleeves, light blue cap, pink star (Mr R S Brookhouse)

Drumlee Sunset (IRE)  84 

br g Royal Anthem - Be My Sunset (Bob Back)

7 11-3
136
7 11-3
136

Point/bumper/hurdles winner who completed the set when beating Aux Ptits Soins over C&D on chasing bow. Good second at Chepstow in December, but could be outclassed by Clan Des Obeaux.

Point/bumper/hurdles winner who completed the set when beating Aux Ptits Soins over C&D on chasing bow. Good second at Chepstow in December, but could be outclassed by Clan Des Obeaux.

Drumlee Sunset Score: 395

2
3
344394
iT
Black, light blue star, striped sleeves and star on cap (Kay Russell)

Oscars Way (IRE)  91 

b g Oscar - Derrigra Sublime (Flemensfirth)

9 10-12 t b
71
9 10-12 t b
71

Hurdles winner for Don Cantillon but long time since he has shown any worthwhile form.

Hurdles winner for Don Cantillon but long time since he has shown any worthwhile form.

Oscars Way Score: 215

3
Verdict

This race looks set to be a head-to-head battle between CLAN DES OBEAUX and Drumlee Sunset. The Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old has 14lb in hand according to official figures and that is largely due to his Grade 2 win a couple of starts ago, as well as his close second to the subsequent RSA runner-up Whisper back in January. Drumlee Sunset chased home Aso in a handicap at Chepstow when last seen and that rival went on to finish third in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham last week. Oscars Way looks booked for third unless his rivals come to grief.

Verdict

This should be a simple task for CLAN DES OBEAUX provided he can put a lesser run at Sandown behind him, the form he'd shown previously over fences more than enough to cater for Drumlee Sunset, who is a promising sort in his own right.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Good 6 Henryville 8 11 3 - 2445-12 165 days H Fry (44 miles) N Fehily 5/4 4:48.60
2015 Good to Soft 4 Carraig Mor 7 11 3 - 3-621UP 59 days A King (110 miles) N Fehily Evens 4:57.00
2014 Good 7 Freckle Face 7 11 12 - 935U11 23 days W G M Turner (62 miles) T Phelan 11/1 4:51.90
2013 Soft 6 Jump City 7 11 5 - 21-1632 19 days P Nicholls (67 miles) D Jacob 6/5 5:14.50
2012 Good 7 Darna 6 11 5 - 611-01P 103 days K Bailey (133 miles) J Maguire 85/40 4:40.30
2011 Good 5 Hidden Keel 6 11 4 - 3-14219 45 days C Longsdon (144 miles) F de Giles 11/10 4:46.90
2010 Good to Soft 5 Vodka Brook 7 11 4 - 2-23UU1 19 days R & S Alner (74 miles) D Jacob 11/10 5:17.90
2009 Good 6 Or Jaune 7 11 8 - 1-43311 17 days G L Moore (163 miles) Jamie Moore 9/4 4:52.60
2008 Soft 6 Theatre Diva 7 10 5 - 2121-12 42 days Miss V Williams (137 miles) A Coleman 5/2 5:04.80
2007 Good to Soft 10 From Dawn To Dusk 8 11 0 - 112443 71 days P Hobbs (44 miles) R Johnson 7/2 4:49.40
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