February 08 / 13.50 Taunton

13.50 Taunton

Good To Soft

Free Racing 14th March Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3430.98
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 5
  • 17 runners
  • Win time: 4m 49s
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Free Racing 14th March Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 1476

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Justified favouritism in Newton Abbot bumper (good to soft) in October but disappointing so far over hurdles, jumping poorly here last time; now in cheekpieces and well treated on handicap debut if he can put it all together.
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1st

2

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:08 Taunton

Iberio

11st 12lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Won a bumper in October and displayed improvement over hurdles when beating 16 rivals over C&D (good to soft) on recent handicap debut (first-time cheekpieces); could easily have more to offer; likely contender.

7/2

1st

8

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Iberio

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs

Justified favouritism in Newton Abbot bumper (good to soft) in October but disappointing so far over hurdles, jumping poorly here last time; now in cheekpieces and well treated on handicap debut if he can put it all together.

6/1

6th

4

10th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:00 Taunton

Iberio

11st 6lb

Justified favouritism when landing a Newton Abbot bumper (2m1f, good to soft) on his debut in October but he's been disappointing in two hurdle runs since; early days in this sphere but was beaten 50l at Chepstow (2m3f) last time and has something to prove.

12/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 213667

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Plenty of promise in two 3yo hurdles in France, winning at Compiegne (2m1f, soft) in September; well below that form in Britain, never-dangerous seventh in handicap here 17 days ago; others look stronger.
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2nd

12

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Kalzari

10st 13lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Plenty of promise in two 3yo hurdles in France, winning at Compiegne (2m1f, soft) in September; well below that form in Britain, never-dangerous seventh in handicap here 17 days ago; others look stronger.

14/1

7th

12

22nd Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:33 Taunton

Kalzari

10st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Plenty of promise in two 3yo hurdles in France, winning at Compiegne (2m1f, soft) in September; promising British debut in November but was disappointing next time before finishing sixth on handicap debut here (2m3f) three weeks ago; now drops back in trip but others look stronger.

14/1

6th

5

30th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

12:15 Taunton

Kalzari

10st 10lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Plenty of promise in two 3yo hurdles in France, winning at Compiegne (2m1f, soft) in September; positive first run in Britain but she was never going when only 4-1 for a Uttoxeter handicap (2m, soft) and the tongue-tie tried there is replaced by cheekpieces; could be a player should that switch work.

13/2

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6/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 221160 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
In fine form towards the end of 2021, winning twice on good ground here, including at today's distance; has had excuses since (inadequate trip last time) and could bounce back here with conditions in his favour.
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3rd

2

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Kendelu

11st 11lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

In fine form towards the end of 2021, winning twice on good ground here, including at today's distance; has had excuses since (inadequate trip last time) and could bounce back here with conditions in his favour.

6/1

12th

4

8th Jan 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Kendelu

12st 10lb

In fine form at the end of 2021, winning twice at Taunton (2m3f and 3m, both good ground), but he ran poorly on hat-trick bid at Huntingdon (3m1f, soft) on Boxing Day; today's considerably shorter trip raises major doubts.

14/1

6th

4

26th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

12:06 Huntingdon

Kendelu

11st 9lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Thriving at present, chasing a hat-trick after a pair of wins at Taunton (2m3f and 3m, both good ground); good value for latest success as he was badly messed around at the start; 9lb rise against stronger opposition will demand more of him; best on good/good to soft but seems to handle soft.

5/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 41-346

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Landed Warwick bumper on second rules start (good) and he's shown clear signs of promise in three hurdling outings, getting tired on heavy ground at Huntingdon (2m5f) on handicap debut on Boxing Day; today's conditions may suit him better and he doesn't have many miles on the clock.
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1st

8

15th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

15:20 Uttoxeter

Sidewaysinmilan

10st 13lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

made all, not fluent 6th, ridden after 2 out, awkward jump last, kept on well

7/2

16

5th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Worcester

Sidewaysinmilan

10st 11lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

Form: 821076

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Won Wexford maiden hurdle (2m, good) last summer on final start for Henry de Bromhead; well held all three starts for current yard but there was slightly more encouragement at Wincanton on Boxing Day and he's tumbling in the weights; not discounted.
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5th

3

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Urabamba

11st 11lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: Kayley Woollacott

Won Wexford maiden hurdle (2m, good) last summer on final start for Henry de Bromhead; well held all three starts for current yard but there was slightly more encouragement at Wincanton on Boxing Day and he's tumbling in the weights; not discounted.

20/1

6th

5

26th Dec 2021

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:28 Wincanton

Urabamba

11st 10lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: Kayley Woollacott

Won Wexford maiden hurdle on final start for Henry de Bromhead but, like many Irish imports, he is taking time to find his feet in Britain, finishing well held at Cheltenham and over C&D; not yet of obvious interest.

33/1

7th

9

2nd Dec 2021

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

14:45 Wincanton

Urabamba

10st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Kayley Woollacott

Comfortably justified odds of 8-13 in Wexford maiden (2m, good) in August on his final run for Henry de Bromhead, scoring at tenth attempt; 200-1 and finished last of 18 in handicap at Cheltenham (2m, good) three weeks ago on debut for new connections and probably best watched for now even though he was close up to two out.

25/1

Form: 426144 CD BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Rewarded Joe Anderson's persistence when finishing well to win over C&D (good to soft) in December, and he ran even better when fourth in a big field here last time; again unlikely to be far away.
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6th

9

8th Apr 2022

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:00 Fontwell

Karakoram

10st 8lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Grace Harris

1st

8

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

13:55 Chepstow

Karakoram

10st 8lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Grace Harris

Successful at Taunton in December; good second (off 2lb higher) there ten days ago despite being hampered; recent form is mostly at 2m3f but he has won over 2m (on good ground); shortlisted.

6/1

2nd

9

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Karakoram

10st 4lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Grace Harris

Close fifth over C&D three weeks ago but was never dangerous when third at Hereford (2m5f) on Saturday and he's hard to win with.

10/1

Form: 31P7P0 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Three jumps wins in France, as recently as last May, but he's hardly beaten a rival in four runs in Britain; tongue-strap returns today.
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10th

14

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:35 Chepstow

Portentoso

10st 5lb

J: Miss Thomasina Eyston

T: Sam Holdsworth

Chase and dual hurdle winner in extensive French career but soundly beaten on all six British starts, the last two in today's headgear combination; can't be recommended.

50/1

13th

16

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

17:05 Wincanton

Portentoso

10st 4lb

J: Miss Thomasina Eyston

T: Sam Holdsworth

Chase and dual hurdle winner when trained in France but soundly beaten on all five British starts, the latest in today's headgear combination this month; can't be recommended.

50/1

7th

10

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Portentoso

11st 2lb

J: Miss Thomasina Eyston

T: Sam Holdsworth

Three jumps wins in France, as recently as last May, but he's hardly beaten a rival in four runs in Britain; tongue-strap returns today.

50/1

Form: 5/544-

Last run: 396 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
On a long losing run and recent AW efforts have lacked fizz; returns to hurdling from a career-low mark but all his form is around 2m and stamina could be an issue.
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4

(13)

27th Apr 2022

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

13:05 Wolverhampton (AW)

Percy Prosecco

10st 11lb

J: Miss Becky Smith

T: Archie Watson

2nd

4

(8)

9th Apr 2022

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Percy Prosecco

10st 11lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

8th

16

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Percy Prosecco

10st 8lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

On a long losing run and recent AW efforts have lacked fizz; returns to hurdling from a career-low mark but all his form is around 2m and stamina could be an issue.

11/1

Form: 5-7093

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Unplaced first four starts but shaped better at 100-1 when 23l third of 13 in 2m novice on this course (soft; never a threat) last month; bred to be suited by this longer distance; unexposed as he moves into handicaps.
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2nd

6

11th May 2022

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

15:10 Newton Abbot

Muy Bien

11st 3lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

9th

7

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Muy Bien

11st 3lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Unplaced first four starts but shaped better at 100-1 when 23l third of 13 in 2m novice on this course (soft; never a threat) last month; bred to be suited by this longer distance; unexposed as he moves into handicaps.

7/2

3rd

9

10th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:30 Taunton

Muy Bien

11st 6lb

Has hinted at ability but well beaten in both hurdling starts; might do better once handicapped.

40/1

Form: 024

Last run: 99 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Questionable what he achieved behind the odds-on favourite in four-runner novice at Hereford (2m4f, good to firm) in October and he was well held over the same C&D the following month, but he's bred to be better than he's shown so far and now goes handicapping after three months off.
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5th

5

28th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:25 Ffos Las

Brandy Cove

10st 12lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

11/1

10th

5

8th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 5

14:40 Ludlow

Brandy Cove

11st 1lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Doubt he achieved all that much when second of four behind a short-odds winner at Hereford in October and has been beaten 49l and 28l in two handicaps at about 2m3f; clearly needs more.

12/1

4th

5

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

14:52 Chepstow

Brandy Cove

11st 3lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Probably didn't achieve huge amount when second of four behind short-odds winner in Hereford novice (2m3f, good to firm) in October and was well beaten when 40-1 for handicap debut in February.

20/1

Form: 82-0PP

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Lost his form for Tom Lacey and beaten a long way from home on his stable debut last month; hard to fancy.
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4th

10

2nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

19:00 Ffos Las

Baily Gorse

10st 6lb

J: Jack Martin

T: Linda Blackford

led, prominent when ridden and headed home turn, held omitted 3 out

10/1

6th

6

11th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

13:30 Newton Abbot

Baily Gorse

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Linda Blackford

Maiden after 21 starts; easily the pick of four starts for Linda Blackford when runner-up at Exeter last month; that puts him in the picture but others look to have stronger claims; 5lb out of the handicap.

7/1

2nd

7

14th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

17:10 Exeter

Baily Gorse

10st 3lb

J: Jack Martin

T: Linda Blackford

Form: 594/PP

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Very lightly raced 8yo; plenty to prove after pulling up twice this season following two years off, but he now returns from wind surgery and Harry Skelton (2-6 for the yard) is an interesting booking; not discounted, especially if the market speaks in his favour.
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11

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Clondaw Dancer

11st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Jeremy Scott

Very lightly raced 8yo; plenty to prove after pulling up twice this season following two years off, but he now returns from wind surgery and Harry Skelton (2-6 for the yard) is an interesting booking; not discounted, especially if the market speaks in his favour.

11/1

1

9th Dec 2021

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:40 Taunton

Clondaw Dancer

11st 12lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Pulled up on last month's chase/handicap debut and now reverts to hurdling; that was his first start for nearly two years and he remains unexposed but others have much less to prove; tongue-tie removed; blinkers added.

25/1

3

17th Nov 2021

Soft

2m 4f 199y

Class 5

12:50 Ffos Las

Clondaw Dancer

11st 11lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Runner-up on final start in Irish points; ordinary form in three attempts over hurdles (2m-2m7f) in autumn 2019 but likely to improve over fences and trainer is 4-18 at this course in recent seasons; returns from long absence but tongue-tie fitted for chase debut and could spring a surprise.

9/1

Form: -3U360 CD

Last run: 168 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Won twice for Nick Mitchell (2m5f/2m3f) last spring but his two runs in the summer for Max Young were poor; returns with a point to prove, although he's back on a workable mark and drying ground should suit.
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8

14th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 205y

Class 6

16:05 Stratford

Mystic Court

11st 12lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Syd Hosie

Modest maiden hurdler who was pulled up on his sole outing for Harriet Brown in Taunton handicap last month; he's hard to make a case for on his yard/chasing bow now.

20/1

6

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Mystic Court

11st 8lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Harriet Brown

Won twice for Nick Mitchell (2m5f/2m3f) last spring but his two runs in the summer for Max Young were poor; returns with a point to prove, although he's back on a workable mark and drying ground should suit.

14/1

Form: P-77P9

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Unplaced in seven starts for Mouse Morris in Ireland and there was no immediate encouragement on his British debut at Chepstow (2m3f, soft; 25-1; ninth of ten) last month; today's drying ground could help, however.
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3

16th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

13:55 Hereford

Thebellsofshandon

11st 6lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Paul Henderson

Unplaced in seven starts in Ireland and no promise in two British attempts, both in handicaps.

40/1

13

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Thebellsofshandon

10st 13lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Paul Henderson

Unplaced in seven starts for Mouse Morris in Ireland and there was no immediate encouragement on his British debut at Chepstow (2m3f, soft; 25-1; ninth of ten) last month; today's drying ground could help, however.

25/1

9th

3

17th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:45 Chepstow

Thebellsofshandon

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Paul Henderson

Unplaced in seven starts for Mouse Morris in Ireland, the latest when pulled up over 3m in November (led for a long way, attracted support); best efforts came on good ground so a few questions on British debut.

12/1

Form: 5/6P-9

Last run: 104 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Shaped quite well in novices two seasons ago but has shown little in recent starts, including after wind surgery on reappearance; cheekpieces a first.
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14

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Zulu

10st 11lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Gail Haywood

Shaped quite well in novices two seasons ago but has shown little in recent starts, including after wind surgery on reappearance; cheekpieces a first.

50/1

9th

3

27th Oct 2021

Good To Firm

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:40 Taunton

Zulu

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gail Haywood

Shaped quite well in novices two seasons ago but was pulled up on handicap debut last October and absent since; wind surgery since; lot to prove.

50/1

Form: 1F2F2P D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Won in France (2m3f, soft) in September but she was beaten a long way out at Wincanton on her British debut (25-1) and needs to have come on a bundle in the two weeks since.
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5

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Ho Que Oui

11st 10lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Alexandra Dunn

Won in France (2m3f, soft) in September but she was beaten a long way out at Wincanton on her British debut (25-1) and needs to have come on a bundle in the two weeks since.

28/1

8

26th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

13:50 Wincanton

Ho Que Oui

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Alexandra Dunn

Won over hurdles in France in September (2m3f, soft) and seemed to run well when second in 16-runner claimer there last month (2m1f, heavy); not an easy mare to weigh up on today's British debut and her usual tongue-tie is missing but market support will make her of interest.

33/1

Form: 1PP-7P

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Now 5lb lower in the weights than for sole career success in October 2020 but hasn't beaten a rival in four starts since; needs first-time cheekpieces to make a big difference.
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1

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:50 Taunton

Sastruga

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Richard Hawker

Now 5lb lower in the weights than for sole career success in October 2020 but hasn't beaten a rival in four starts since; needs first-time cheekpieces to make a big difference.

50/1

8

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:40 Exeter

Sastruga

11st 7lb

J: Mr Robert Hawker

T: Richard Hawker

Defied a similar mark for sole career success in October 2020 but has been poor in three subsequent runs; had wind surgery.

50/1

4

10th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

14:12 Newton Abbot

Sastruga

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Richard Hawker

40-1 winner of this race last year (off 5lb lower on debut for this yard) but was pulled up in two subsequent starts last season and beaten long way at Hexham yesterday on reappearance.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £742.00
Straight Forecast £561.00
Tricast £4123.20
Trifecta £7085.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Muy Bien

RP Ratings:

Karakoram

WEST COUNTRY:

Iberio

Telegraph:

Kendelu

POSTDATA:

Kalzari

Daily Express:

Iberio

The Times:

Muy Bien

Daily Mail:

Muy Bien

The Sun:

Muy Bien

Daily Record:

Muy Bien

Daily Mirror:

Kendelu

The Guardian:

Karakoram

The Star:

Karakoram