Copper shines at Exeter

More news from Exeter where Paul Nicholls completed a treble when Give Me A Copper won the penultimate.

Paul Nicholls could be faced with a headache of the good kind after Le Prezien claimed his biggest scalp to date when forming the feature leg of a treble for the champion trainer in the 188Bet Graduation Chase at Exeter.

Sir Alex Ferguson invested wisely on plenty of players during his time as Manchester United manager and Give Me A Copper could well be a smart equine purchase after completing a treble for Paul Nicholls in the World Darts Betting 188Bet Maiden Hurdle.

Picked up for £270,000 at the Goffs UK Aintree sales in April the six-year-old, who is part-owned by Ferguson, justified his starting price of 4/6 in coasting home by an eased-down 14 lengths under Sam Twiston-Davies.

Nicholls said: "He has now won a point-to-point, bumper and novice hurdle.

"That was a nice start for him and we might now find another race like that. He is a real stayer and will be a staying novice chaser next season."

Tagrita (evens) maintained her unbeaten status over fences as she followed up her debut win over larger obstacles at Huntingdon last month in the EBF/TBA Mares' Novices Chase.

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Despite giving weight away to all off her rivals, the eight-year-old coped with the drop back in trip to keep Sainte Ladylime at bay by a length and three-quarters, initiating the Nicholls treble and completing a double for Twiston-Davies.

Nicholls, whose Le Prezien won the feature race, said: "She is a tough little mare. I thought with a penalty today it might be hard, but Kim Bailey's horse (Sainte Ladylime) didn't jump very well.

"She was a little bit sore before she was supposed to run at Warwick and she is not the easiest in the world to train, but she is good when she is right.

"She likes Wincanton and there is a mares' chase there on Boxing Day, so she might go for that."

On a card which belonged to the 10-times champion, there was victory for his former assistant Harry Fry after Lamanver Odyssey captured the Snows Lexus Exeter Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

Although failing to feature at Warwick, the adoption of more prominent tactics had the desired effect with the 11/1 shot running out a two-and-a-quarter-length winner.

Fry said: "She ran OK first time at Worcester, then she was a bit novicey at Warwick last time. Noel (Fehily) said that day there was not a lot happening up front, so he decided to be up there today.

"She relished the conditions and hopefully she will just keep progressing."

Isabel Williams gained her first winner under Rules when teaming up with her father Evan to take the Free Spins At 188Bet Casino Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle with Abbeygrey (3/1).

The mother and daughter team of Sue and Lucy Gardner combined with Trans Express (11/2) in the Handicap Hurdle, while the Colin Tizzard-trained Flaming Charmer (5/1) bounced back in the Midas Construction Handicap Chase.

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