December 30 / 15.30 Taunton

15.30 Taunton

Good To Soft

Thatchers Cider Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6045.06
  • 2m 7f 198y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
  • Win time: 6m 14s
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Thatchers Cider Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 30-311 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Formerly with Nigel Twiston-Davies; has improved steadily in three starts for this trainer, winning his last two at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft; 2m5f, good to soft); up 8lb for the latter; remains of interest back up in trip, where there could be more to come.
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5th

10

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Tip Top Cat

10st 3lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

4th

6

28th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:10 Huntingdon

Tip Top Cat

10st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Hard to fault since joining Fergal O'Brien and readily completed a hat-trick returned to 3m at Taunton (good to soft); a 6lb rise should be very manageable given how well he won.

5/2

1st

11

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:30 Taunton

Tip Top Cat

11st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Formerly with Nigel Twiston-Davies; has improved steadily in three starts for this trainer, winning his last two at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft; 2m5f, good to soft); up 8lb for the latter; remains of interest back up in trip, where there could be more to come.

7/2

3/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 413-11 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Triple winner over hurdles, including twice here over shorter; made successful step into handicap company at Wincanton (2m4f, good) latest, winning a three-runner contest in spite of some less than fluent jumping; up 1lb; shows a good attitude; should relish this step up in trip; big player.
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3

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:45 Taunton

Time To Tinker

11st 9lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

His wins have come over shorter but he saw out this trip well when second to a progressive winner over C&D in December; off since but strong chance if resuming where he left off.

2nd

1

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:30 Taunton

Time To Tinker

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Triple winner over hurdles, including twice here over shorter; made successful step into handicap company at Wincanton (2m4f, good) latest, winning a three-runner contest in spite of some less than fluent jumping; up 1lb; shows a good attitude; should relish this step up in trip; big player.

3/1

1st

1

18th Nov 2021

Good

2m 3f 166y

Class 3

14:15 Wincanton

Time To Tinker

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Both wins in novice hurdles at Taunton, over 2m3f (good to soft) and last time defying a penalty over 2m on good to firm after undergoing a wind op during the summer; the runner-up has won since and he looks on a fair mark.

5/4

8/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 15P-5P

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner who has two Wincanton wins over hurdles to his name (2m4f, soft; 2m5f, good to soft); 5lb higher than the latter, and has been well below that level on his last three starts (last twice over fences); cheekpieces go on; not written off on his return to hurdling.
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6th

5

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Sizable Sam

11st 5lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jeremy Scott

Glad to see the back of fences earlier this season and he's done well returned to hurdling with cheekpieces fitted, winning at Wincanton (2m5f, soft) before bumping into a capable rival on good ground at Ascot; may be happier with some give underfoot but by no means ruled out.

5/1

2nd

2

27th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

13:00 Ascot

Sizable Sam

11st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Didn't take to chasing this season (two attempts) but has fared much better since reverting to hurdles with cheekpieces fitted, more recently when scoring at Wincanton (2m5f, soft) last month; unraced on ground quicker than good to soft but a major player here if coping with the conditions.

13/8

1st

7

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

15:58 Wincanton

Sizable Sam

11st 5lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual course winner last season (2m4f/2m5f); didn't really take to chasing in the autumn (two attempts) but, with cheekpieces added, was placed over hurdles at Taunton (3m, good to soft) in December; 1lb lower today and the return to this track is an obvious plus.

7/1

Form: 1P00/8 CD

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Successful dual-purpose horse who ran up a hat-trick on the Flat in 2020, before being off for well over a year; 50-1 and probably ran as well as could be expected on his reappearance at Newbury (3m, good) last month; drops 4lb; well treated on 2019 jumps form but has a bit to prove.
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4th

1

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Le Musee

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Hasn't quite found his best in three starts this winter, including at Doncaster last month with a visor back on, after more than a year off; becoming well handicapped and still time but others more obvious for now.

12/1

5th

1

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:25 Doncaster

Le Musee

11st 13lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Returned from a long absence in November and was an encouraging fourth over 3m at Taunton last month on his second start back; on a handy mark on his old form and today's drop back in trip may be a plus; could go well.

14/1

4th

6

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:30 Taunton

Le Musee

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Successful dual-purpose horse who ran up a hat-trick on the Flat in 2020, before being off for well over a year; 50-1 and probably ran as well as could be expected on his reappearance at Newbury (3m, good) last month; drops 4lb; well treated on 2019 jumps form but has a bit to prove.

12/1

Form: 8-1676

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Four-time hurdle winner over 2m-2m4f; not ground dependent; 2lb lower than his most recent success at Plumpton in May; has been some way short of that level of form in three starts this season; more needed.
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5

31st Jan 2022

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:10 Plumpton

Bard Of Brittany

11st 8lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Sheena West

Four-time hurdle winner over 2m-2m4f; now 5lb lower than for his win here (2m4f, good) last May but he's not been at his best this winter and couldn't pose a threat at Towcester (3m) last time; others preferred.

10/1

5th

5

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:30 Taunton

Bard Of Brittany

11st 7lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Four-time hurdle winner over 2m-2m4f; not ground dependent; 2lb lower than his most recent success at Plumpton in May; has been some way short of that level of form in three starts this season; more needed.

16/1

6th

4

17th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:35 Ascot

Bard Of Brittany

11st 8lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Sheena West

Scored in small field at Plumpton (2m4f) in May; below that form in two starts since returning from layoff; more exposed than some of these rivals.

25/1

Form: 212163 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Bumper and triple hurdle winner at up to 2m7f, including on soft; 2lb higher than when scoring at Market Rasen in July; had excuses (lost shoes) on reappearance at Worcester in October but was well beaten when third at Uttoxeter latest; cheekpieces need to help spark a revival.
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6th

4

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:30 Taunton

Taste The Fear

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Bumper and triple hurdle winner at up to 2m7f, including on soft; 2lb higher than when scoring at Market Rasen in July; had excuses (lost shoes) on reappearance at Worcester in October but was well beaten when third at Uttoxeter latest; cheekpieces need to help spark a revival.

14/1

3rd

2

21st Nov 2021

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 3

13:10 Uttoxeter

Taste The Fear

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

Three hurdle wins this year having missed 2020; progress ground to a halt at Worcester on last month's return from a short break but he lost two shoes and didn't jump with any real fluency; too soon to write him off.

7/2

6th

1

20th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

14:58 Worcester

Taste The Fear

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

The form of his close second on handicap debut at this track (2m7f, good) has worked out well and he went one better when landing a 2m7f handicap hurdle at Market Rasen (good) in July; up another 5lb and down in trip, but open to further progress.

4/1

Form: -21243 D

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
2m7f hurdle winner last June, when 7lb lower; not far short of that level of form in two of his three subsequent starts over hurdles; well beaten in three AW Flat starts since last outing in this code; should be more competitive making the switch back.
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3rd

11

22nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:40 Perth

Some Detail

10st 9lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

3rd

7

14th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:10 Taunton

Some Detail

10st 1lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Made the most of his lower chase mark when leading late on over 2m7f here (good to soft) three weeks ago; up 5lb but he has a feather weight and this trip promises to suit.

5/1

1st

8

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:05 Taunton

Some Detail

11st 1lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Hurdle winner over this trip last summer and he wasn't far away at Market Rasen recently; has a lower chase mark and looks one of the better ones on the form of his fair C&D run off 9lb higher last midwinter.

6/1

12/1

Form: /P-724 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Course winner (2m, soft) in 2017 whose other success was over 3m1f (heavy) at Plumpton almost two years ago; went close when on this mark at Kempton (3m, good) last month; found out back up in this grade latest; may find a few too good.
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6th

6

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:15 Wincanton

Vaziani

11st 3lb

J: James Best

T: Robert Walford

On a handy mark on his best hurdle form and he went close over 3m at Kempton in November; however, he wasn't at his best at Taunton last time and this Flat-bred makes his chase debut against rivals who are proven over fences.

16/1

8th

12

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:30 Taunton

Vaziani

10st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Robert Walford

Course winner (2m, soft) in 2017 whose other success was over 3m1f (heavy) at Plumpton almost two years ago; went close when on this mark at Kempton (3m, good) last month; found out back up in this grade latest; may find a few too good.

12/1

4th

11

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

12:47 Chepstow

Vaziani

10st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Robert Walford

Has done his winning on soft and heavy; therefore, positives to take from his staying-on second on good ground at Kempton (3m) and blinkers might give him a further lift; was up and down in cheekpieces.

10/1

Form: 5-2318

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Bumper and dual hurdle winner, his most recent success coming on his penultimate start at Fontwell (2m3f, good) last month; went up 4lb and in grade at Newbury last time, when he was beaten just over 14l; back down in grade this time; each-way player.
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5th

2

10th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 166y

Class 4

13:00 Wincanton

Alrightjack

11st 12lb

J: Capt Will Kellard

T: Jamie Snowden

Has handled most surfaces but not at best on good to soft or slower over various trips since Fontwell win on good ground in November (2m3f); this might be his preferred surface now in which case he's weighted to go well.

12/1

3rd

1

8th Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

14:20 Sandown

Alrightjack

12st 1lb

J: Capt Will Kellard

T: Jamie Snowden

Defied a 2lb higher mark at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in November; form has deteriorated since, including over 3m, and it remains to be seen whether this return to 2m will help; raced mainly at further.

6/1

6th

1

4th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:00 Chepstow

Alrightjack

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Rewarded persistent ride when coming from a long way off the pace to win at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in November, after a break, but safely held over 3m twice since; others look much safer.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 391-5P

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Easy winner of both a Chepstow juvenile hurdle (2m, good) and a Newton Abbot novice event (2m1f, good) last season; unable to recapture that level of form at either Chepstow (2m, good) or Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft) this season; brother to a 2m7f winner, so may get back on track now upped in trip.
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4th

2

27th Jun 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

14:00 Southwell

Hell Red

11st 4lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

led, briefly headed with one circuit to go, nudged along 8th, pushed along and headed home turn, soon headed, ridden before 2 out, soon beaten, weakened quickly approaching last

4/5

1st

1

15th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

13:00 Uttoxeter

Hell Red

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

made all, ridden after 2 out, kept on run-in, always doing enough

8/11

1st

2

12th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 3

16:37 Fontwell

Hell Red

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Looked quite useful as a juvenile hurdler, when winning twice, but unsuccessful in just four outings last season, the pick of which was his second here in March; chasing debut and, in receipt of 6lb, is entitled to go close if jumping soundly; makes the running.

11/10

Form: 213-76

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Irish point winner; won a Southwell novice hurdle (2m4f, soft) in February; well beaten in his final start last season and again on his reappearance at Aintree in October (2m4f, good); shaped a little better here (2m3f, good) last time but more is needed.
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4

5th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Worcester

Only The Bold

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

2nd

1

31st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:58 Wetherby

Only The Bold

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Mixed form (on good and good to soft ground) since winning a novice hurdle at Southwell (2m4f, soft) last February; his claims are hardly solid but there were signs of spark at Taunton (2m3f, good) two starts ago and he's not ruled out off a reduced mark.

12/1

11th

9

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:30 Taunton

Only The Bold

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Irish point winner; won a Southwell novice hurdle (2m4f, soft) in February; well beaten in his final start last season and again on his reappearance at Aintree in October (2m4f, good); shaped a little better here (2m3f, good) last time but more is needed.

10/1

Form: 1-5266 D BF

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Recorded back-to-back wins at Fontwell (2m5f, good to firm) and Exeter (2m7f, good to firm) last spring and preceded a summer break with a good second at Ffos Las (3m, good to firm) in June; not yet back at that level in two starts this autumn; drops 3lb to a competitive mark; revival needed.
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3rd

6

16th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

20:10 Ffos Las

Jersey Wonder

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

towards rear, headway 8th, soon chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, stayed on run-in, not pace to challenge

11/2

1st

1

29th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

15:49 Fontwell

Jersey Wonder

12st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Oliver Sherwood

Had some good staying hurdle form last spring, recording peak RPR of 127; struggled last season but this month's reappearance at Market Rasen wasn't without hope, travelling well for a long way; could be sharper today and this is weaker than he is used to.

11/4

5th

8

6th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:00 Market Rasen

Jersey Wonder

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

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Payout
Exacta £134.00
Straight Forecast £126.00
Tricast £406.00
Trifecta £485.00

Selections

The Times:

Tip Top Cat

RP Ratings:

Only The Bold

SPOTLIGHT:

Time To Tinker

Telegraph:

Sizable Sam

TOPSPEED:

Jersey Wonder

The Guardian:

Tip Top Cat

Daily Mirror:

Tip Top Cat

The Star:

Tip Top Cat

Daily Record:

Tip Top Cat

WEST COUNTRY:

Time To Tinker

The Sun:

Time To Tinker

POSTDATA:

Only The Bold

Daily Mail:

Only The Bold

Daily Express:

Only The Bold