Bistouri D’Honore lands Exeter opener

Latest news from this afternoon's meeting at Exeter where Bistouri D'Honore made his first start over a hurdles a winning one.

Bistouri D'Honore wins at Exeter

Bistouri D'Honore made his first start over a hurdles a winning one when grinding out victory from the front in the Bathwick Tyres 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle at Exeter.

Having finished sixth in a bumper on his first start under rules at Newton Abbot last month, the giant-framed four-year-old made the expected improvement on his switch to timber.

Left to his own devices out in front in the extended two-mile-five-furlong contest, the Paul Nicholls-trained 6-5 favourite proved two and a quarter lengths too strong for Swoop To Conquer.

Nicholls said: "He is a lovely big horse for a four-year-old. I ran him in a bumper the other day and he was a bit green.

"Today was not ideal being in front, but I said to Nick (Scholfield) that he probably would be left in front.

"He just had a gallop round with his ears pricked, really. He would get three miles, but the stiff track round here was ideal today.

"He is a work in progress and will be a chaser in time."Resolution Bay left his disappointing debut bumper effort well behind him when making his seasonal return a winning one in the Bathwick Tyres Plymouth Novices' Hurdle.The Philip Hobbs-trained gelding looked a different proposition on his first hurdles start when proving a class above his rivals in the extended two-mile contest.Taking up matters on the run to the fourth-last the 13-8 market leader only needed to be kept up to his work by champion jockey Richard Johnson over the final flight and up the run-in before passing the post a four-length winner.Hobbs said: "He was very disappointing in a bumper at Chepstow when we thought he was a nice horse and there was no reason for it."It was an appalling race but he could have done no more than that. We will find another similar race with a penalty."

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