Horses jumping a fence

13th February 2015

Lewis Piper’s Super Sunday Festival pointers

At Exeter’s Super Sunday meeting (February 8), I was tasked to send out tweets from Exeter’s twitter page. Like on New Year’s Day, I worked with Phil Mingo of PPAUK, tweeting his pictures of the winning horse of each race minutes after each race, with the race result. I also had the time to watch each race and thought we had some top class horses running at Exeter.

The star name on the card was obviously last year’s Grand National hero Pineau De Re, who I thought ran very well for most of the race and should be onwards and upwards to the big stage at Aintree to try to keep his crown. The winner of that race and the feature race on the card was the very talented Regal Encore who won very well off a very handy mark. There is no reason why he can’t follow in Fingal Bay’s footsteps and go and win the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham just like Fingal Bay did last year after winning the qualifier here 12 months ago.

The day didn’t start in the best way as local jockey Hadden Frost had to be airlifted off to hospital after taking what looked a nasty fall. However thankfully his injuries weren’t as severe as we first thought and the scans came back clear.

The Tizzards had a double on the day with Native River winning the listed hurdle and Masters Hill winning the graduation chase. In the same race we saw the return of Fingal Bay after his run in the Hennessy. He may have just got tired late on and surely will have to improve from there.

However I felt the best performance of the day came in the bumper which was won by Drumlee Sunset for the same connections of Fingal bay, Phillip Hobbs and Richard Johnson. This horse was bought for £130,000 at the December sales at Cheltenham and I was there that day when I spent a couple of days with bloodstock agent Tom Malone. This horse was one of the most expensive horses that was bought at the December sales and I feel he could have a big future.

The other horse that has a big future is the Paul Nicholls’ trained Southfield Theatre who won the novices chase on the card. He may have been helped by the faller at the last but should improve for this race and is highly regarded and should give his running in the RSA chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.