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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Big Easy primed for Cheltenham's Open

CESAREWITCH winner Big Easy will have his next run at Cheltenham's Paddy Power Open meeting in November.

Trained by Philip Hobbs (pictured), the seven-year-old gave owner Terry Warner a second victory in the major Flat handicap at Newmarket after Detroit City had taken the spoils in 2006.

Big Easy has only had one run over hurdles since winning at Cheltenham in April 2013 and will be able to run off the same handicap mark at which he was successful.

"The plan now is to go for a three-mile handicap hurdle at the Paddy Power meeting," said the Minehead trainer, who has started the new National Hunt season in great form.

Meanwhile, Dunraven Storm lacked the profile from his hurdling days of Far West and Puffin Billy but made the sharpest start over fences as the trio made their chasing debuts in a fascinating event at Exeter.

Hobbs has his string in good shape as the National Hunt season warms up and began an afternoon of changeable weather on Haldon Hill with victory for the promising youngster Hello George before the totepool Supporting The Sport You Love Beginners' Chase got under way.

Although without a Graded novice victory, unlike the two market leaders, Dunraven Storm (3-1) had still achieved a similar rating in handicap hurdles and under a brave front-running ride from Richard Johnson, led 5-4 favourite Far West home by four and a half lengths.

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