December 09 / 13.35 Taunton

13.35 Taunton Good

Stables Business Park Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3430.98
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
  • Win time: 4m 6s
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Stables Business Park Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 49-611 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 5yo who showed improved form when winning at Worcester (2m, good to soft) last month, then easily followed up at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft) last Thursday; under a penalty for last time she's 7lb ahead of the handicapper and will be tough to beat if her fine form continues.
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4th

5

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 2

14:09 Haydock

Lime Drop

10st 12lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Henry Daly

1st

4

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

16:16 Hereford

Lime Drop

10st 9lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Henry Daly

Made inauspcious start to hurdling career last season but has made rapid progress this term, winning four times along the way (1m7f-2m, good-good to soft); lost out only by a short head at Kempton (2m, good to soft; front pair clear) last month and might still be improving.

7/2

2nd

2

11th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:10 Kempton

Lime Drop

11st 5lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Henry Daly

Has won her last four starts (1m7f-2m1f, good/good to soft); did it narrowly at Sedgefield last time and is up 7lb, but the runner-up has since gone one better off 4lb higher; every chance her winning spree will continue.

5/2

OUR TIP

9/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 448-64

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Yet to fulfil the promise she showed in bumpers but was a good fourth of 16 at Southwell (2m4f, good) last Tuesday on her second run since wind surgery, and having faded she could appreciate this drop back in trip.
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3rd

3

2nd May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Kempton

Midnight Callisto

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Yet to fulfil her bumper promise over hurdles but is a dual winner this year, more recently when drawing 7l clear at Stratford (2m, good) three weeks ago; subsequent 6lb rise doesn't look excessive and she's open to further progress; good chance.

2/1

1st

2

10th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:30 Stratford

Midnight Callisto

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Having been running well in handicaps (including on good ground) she got off the mark over hurdles in a maiden at Exeter (2m, good to soft); tailed off back in a handicap at Doncaster last month but may not have handled the testing ground; could bounce back now reverting to a better surface.

5th

4

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

14:30 Doncaster

Midnight Callisto

10st 7lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Took advantage of a good opportunity and didn't need to improve when easily making all in a mares' maiden at Exeter (2m, good to soft) last month; admirably consistent in handicaps previously (including on soft ground) and last time may have given her confidence a boost; in the mix.

5/2

25/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 88-6

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Triple-figure odds and well beaten on all three starts; there was a whiff of promise last time and today's handicap debut provides a first realistic opportunity, but he needs to take another step forward.
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2nd

8

7th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

15:00 Fontwell

One Last Glance

10st 8lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Tom Gretton

Just six starts; placed over 2m at Taunton (good) and Fakenham (good to soft) in two of his three handicaps and appeared to be stretched by 2m3f on soft ground when not so good here in between; big each-way claims.

9/2

2nd

3

17th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

13:10 Fakenham

One Last Glance

10st 13lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Tom Gretton

Just five starts; improved when third on handicap debut at Taunton (2m, good) in December and appeared to be stretched by 2m3f on soft ground when not so good at Fontwell on Boxing Day; considered.

3/1

4th

5

26th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

15:27 Fontwell

One Last Glance

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Gretton

Just four career starts; beaten 30l+ in three novices but improved effort when third on this month's Taunton handicap debut; that offers encouragement but a deal more probably needed to win this.

10/1

Form: 755-42

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Having dropped down the weights he returned from a break with a solid second over C&D (good to firm) in October; now 0-10 and back up 2lb, but could again be thereabouts for his in-form yard.
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6th

6

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

16:34 Newton Abbot

Folly Gate

11st 1lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

3

21st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 5

13:45 Wincanton

Folly Gate

11st 8lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

0-5 over fences and 0-15 overall; yet to run a bad race this season and seems versatile regarding ground but was just a respectable third at Ludlow (2m, soft) last month and needs to find something extra.

9/2

3rd

4

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:45 Ludlow

Folly Gate

11st 4lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Beaten 15l into second at Warwick (2m, heavy) and probably ran to a similar level when just behind Majestic Merlin at Taunton (2m2f, good to soft); down 3lb for those defeats and looks a player.

11/4

Form: 486-80

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced but tailed off this season in his first two handicaps, in first-time cheekpieces most recently; now wears a visor.
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5th

13

9th Dec 2021

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

13:35 Taunton

The Imposter

10st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Lightly raced but tailed off this season in his first two handicaps, in first-time cheekpieces most recently; now wears a visor.

33/1

13th

18

3rd Nov 2021

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

13:00 Chepstow

The Imposter

10st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Soundly beaten in first two handicaps, latterly when upped to 2m3f at Bangor (soft) in May; remains lightly raced but needs the added cheekpieces to generate some improvement.

25/1

Form: 955-8

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Hasn't threatened on any of his four starts but has shown ability and has far more realistic claims now going handicapping off a modest mark; has a useful pedigree and interesting to see how he goes in the betting.
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4

11th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

15:05 Exeter

Diamon Des Flos

11st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Well-connected 6yo who has shown only minor form so far, including on handicap debut at Taunton last month (well-held sixth over 2m); this longer trip should suit in theory but it's hard to be confident of a much-improved showing; hooded for all hurdle starts but not today.

10/1

6th

4

9th Dec 2021

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

13:35 Taunton

Diamon Des Flos

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Hasn't threatened on any of his four starts but has shown ability and has far more realistic claims now going handicapping off a modest mark; has a useful pedigree and interesting to see how he goes in the betting.

14/1

8th

3

3rd Nov 2021

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:30 Chepstow

Diamon Des Flos

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Has useful pedigree but he didn't show a great deal in sole bumper and has been a well-held fifth at biggish prices in his two hurdle runs (2m3f/2m, heavy); returns from 279 days off and remains best watched for now.

25/1

Form: 26F83-

Last run: 245 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
0-8 over hurdles but has run some good races, including when third over C&D (good to firm) in April in a race that has worked out well; could be in the picture if fully tuned up on this first outing since.
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2nd

7

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:45 Ludlow

Letsbe Avenue

10st 3lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Bill Turner

Flat winner but an 11-race maiden over hurdles and her quiet season continued at Hereford; cheekpieces given a go on this his chase debut.

20/1

7th

9

31st Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

13:00 Hereford

Letsbe Avenue

10st 0lb

J: Jack Martin

T: Bill Turner

Flat winner but a ten-race maiden over hurdles and has been fairly quiet this season in two handicaps; not ideal being out of the weights, either.

33/1

9th

11

8th Jan 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Letsbe Avenue

10st 5lb

Nine-race maiden over hurdles; might have needed the run at Taunton on reappearance; conditions should be fine but others appeal more.

25/1

Form: P53424

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Longstanding maiden who ran well off this mark three times in a row in summer and returned from a break with a good fourth in a C&D maiden (good to firm) last month; might not be far away now back in a handicap.
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4th

4

16th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Ffos Las

Vanderbilt

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Mark Gillard

4th

5

3rd May 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

17:15 Sedgefield

Vanderbilt

10st 12lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Mark Gillard

57-race maiden (0-35 hurdles; 0-22 Flat); finished a distant third over hurdles at Taunton (3m, good, 11-1) last month and isn't exactly bred for chasing, which probably explains why we haven't seen him compete over fences until now; broadly unappealing, even in such a relatively modest contest.

13/2

3rd

6

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

14:35 Taunton

Vanderbilt

10st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Mark Gillard

Form: 006-0P

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Has shown little and was pulled up on recent handicap debut.
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3rd

6

10th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 149y

Class 5

15:15 Wincanton

Gaelic Thunder

10st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Unplaced all eight hurdling starts and was beaten about 54l on last month's chasing debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft); effectively 2lb higher from further out of the weights here; needs the added headgear to make a huge difference.

25/1

5th

10

20th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:45 Chepstow

Gaelic Thunder

10st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Chris Honour

Minor form in handicap hurdles at 1m7f-2m3f and has plenty to prove on chase debut from 2lb out of the weights.

25/1

5th

10

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:38 Taunton

Gaelic Thunder

10st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Chris Honour

Not beaten that far on either start this year (1m7f/2m, soft) but is yet to be placed after seven hurdling starts and needs today's step up in trip to enable some improvement.

25/1

50/1

Form: 6P9-6

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Beaten a long way at triple-figure odds on his three hurdle starts (2m3f-3m1f) but now goes handicapping off a basement mark and he's from a family his trainer has enjoyed success with; not discounted.
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8

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

16:25 Ffos Las

Sam Haze

10st 0lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Phillip Dando

Non-runner.

14

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:05 Chepstow

Sam Haze

10st 0lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Phillip Dando

Has weak claims on overall form, and the switch to chasing had no effect last time (made some mistakes, eventually pulled up).

18

1st Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:20 Ffos Las

Sam Haze

10st 1lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Phillip Dando

Poor form over hurdles, including in handicaps; this change of discipline needs to prompt a big leap forward.

50/1

Form: 3-870

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Market check advised on this handicap debut but he'll need to improve upon what he's shown on his first four starts (1m7f/2m, good/good to soft).
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6

9th Dec 2021

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

13:35 Taunton

Musical

11st 3lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Sophie Leech

Market check advised on this handicap debut but he'll need to improve upon what he's shown on his first four starts (1m7f/2m, good/good to soft).

25/1

12th

8

17th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:00 Warwick

Musical

10st 12lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Sophie Leech

Beaten a long way in both attempts over hurdles (too keen each time, including in a hood latest); needs to learn to settle if he's to progress.

100/1

7th

5

24th Oct 2021

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:55 Wincanton

Musical

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Sophie Leech

Finished tired when a remote third of five in a bumper at Chepstow in April (good) and pulled hard before dropping out on his hurdling debut at Worcester (2m, good to soft); the hood may help him settle better but reservations for now.

50/1

Form: 004P0-

Last run: 280 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 5yo who was an encouraging fourth in a maiden hurdle at Wincanton last December and enters calculations on that form, but he was pulled up/tailed off the next twice, most recently his handicap debut here in March; plenty to prove on his return.
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2nd

8

4th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 5

19:40 Fontwell

Toad Of Toad Hall

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Alexandra Dunn

8

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

14:35 Taunton

Toad Of Toad Hall

10st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Alexandra Dunn

15th

10

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:20 Taunton

Toad Of Toad Hall

10st 11lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Alexandra Dunn

Well beaten in both handicaps, more recently when pulled-up 80-1 shot on seasonal debut here (2m, good) in December; back up in trip after another break.

66/1

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Payout
Exacta £94.00
Straight Forecast £82.10
Tricast £883.30
Trifecta £947.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Lime Drop

POSTDATA:

Folly Gate

Telegraph:

Midnight Callisto

RP Ratings:

Lime Drop

The Times:

Lime Drop

The Guardian:

Lime Drop

Daily Mail:

Lime Drop

Daily Mirror:

Lime Drop

The Sun:

Lime Drop

The Star:

Lime Drop

WEST COUNTRY:

Folly Gate

Daily Express:

Folly Gate

Daily Record:

Folly Gate