Fired blanks in the three races selected on Friday but there was certainly one to take out of the racing today with an eye to the future.
The Paul Nicholls trained Topofthegame was left way behind when initially refusing to race at Exeter. Not his usual behaviour. That saw him 25 lengths behind the pack and yet Topofthegame managed to finish second behind the dropping in class winner, Defi Du Seuil.
Topofthegame is 8/1 to win any race at the Cheltenham Festival next March. Clearly Paul Nicholls will be trying to get to the bottom of why Topfogthegame was . . .
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