The racing on Thursday revealed a number of horses to look out for – in the near future and for seasons to come – most notably from the ever impressive Paul Nicholls stable. He dominated the Exeter card with a treble. Le Prezien took on last years JLT runner-up L’Ami Serge in a three runner race, and race fitness shone through as L’Ami Serge’s wayward jumping ultimately cost. Nicholls is building a solid team of novices and made clear that it won’t just be about Cheltenham for his up and coming horses. Tagrita maintained her unbeaten record over the fences and was a tidy winner of the cards novice chase. Despite giving significant weight away she was too good for the fancied Sainte Ladylime who simply didn’t jump as connections would have hoped.
Run of The Day: Exeter
3 10 GIVE ME A COPPER (P Nicholls) 4/6, C4 Maiden Hurdle, 2M7F, Soft
After winning his PTP and bumper races with ease, and then subsequently being purchased for 270k by Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Nicholls; there was an air of excitement surrounding Give Me A Copper’s debut run over hurdles. He was sent off the odds-on favourite as the market spoke positively all morning – despite some other horses in a 17 strong field with levels of form. He ran fairly green as you might expect, especially when out in front, but was always in command when it mattered. His hurdling wasn’t spectacular; but he looks to have bucket loads of stamina and already possesses an impressive cruising speed. Connections won’t over campaign him this season and looks a novice chaser to have in your notebooks for next winter. He is undoubtedly a true stayer and the Champion Trainer looks to have yet another smart one in the armoury.