If The Cap Fits’ perfect start


It will be interesting to see how high up the ladder If The Cap Fits can go this season after a perfect start to his new career at Exeter.

Having finished a close fourth in the championship ‘bumper’ at the Grand National meeting, there was plenty of excitement about his impending start to life over timber in the first division of the ‘Download The App At 188Bet’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Noel Fehily decided to keep things simple on the Harry Fry-trained 1-2 favourite and bounced into an early lead he would not relinquish. Jumping like an old hand, it is only a matter of time before he finds himself back up in graded company as there were some nice horses in behind, including Emma Lavelle’s Enniscoffey Oscar, second in the Aintree race and fourth on this occasion.

“This is a lovely track to bring him for his first run over hurdles and he’s having a good blow,” said Fry. “He had really good bumper form and it was just a matter of getting started.

“I thought he jumped very slickly and now he will run through his novices, next time under a penalty, but we will take it steady with him.”

The second division went to the Philip Hobbs-trained Master Work, a newcomer who had no previous racecourse experience. Tom O’Brien was on board the 13-2 winner who held off 100-1 chance Rocket Ronnie by a neck.

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