February 22 / 15.05 Taunton

15.05 Taunton Good To Soft

Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5228.16
  • 2m 7f 3y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 6m 10s
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Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 124374 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
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.
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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

4/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 334413 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Won a shade cosily on return to fences at Wincanton (2m4f, good) but outpointed when third there next time (winner in fine fettle since); needs more to turn placings round with the second Larkbarrow Lad on first go beyond about 2m5f.
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4th

1

30th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

16:30 Wincanton

Esprit De Somoza

12st 0lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Opened chasing account over C&D (good) in December and added to his tally at Stratford (2m6f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) this month; still well handicapped on older hurdling form; commands respect.

6/4

1st

5

14th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

14:55 Stratford

Esprit De Somoza

11st 6lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Has taken well to fences, scoring at Wincanton (2m4f) before edged out over 2m7f at Taunton 20 days ago; cheekpieces go on for the first time now and he's shortlisted.

3/1

2nd

5

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:05 Taunton

Esprit De Somoza

11st 8lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Won a shade cosily on return to fences at Wincanton (2m4f, good) but outpointed when third there next time (winner in fine fettle since); needs more to turn placings round with the second Larkbarrow Lad on first go beyond about 2m5f.

4/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: -54352

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Dropping in weights; not finding much at about 3m before returned to 2m4f behind in-form winner at Wincanton last month (first-time blinkers, retained); weights chance with second Esprit De Somoza but unconvincing.
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6th

2

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

17:30 Chepstow

Larkbarrow Lad

11st 9lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

5th

9

29th Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:45 Uttoxeter

Larkbarrow Lad

11st 4lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

2nd

3

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:38 Taunton

Larkbarrow Lad

11st 12lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

0-11 over fences but placed on both starts since fitted with blinkers this year, more recently when creditable third over C&D (good to soft) nine days ago; due to go up 1lb for that; obvious contender if in similar form again.

5/1

Form: 2426-3

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Won Irish point and made successful chase debut at Huntingdon in December 2020 (2m4f, soft); has flickered in and out of form since but his return from a layoff at Fontwell 15 days ago (2m3f, good to soft) was better; should be no problem with this trip; bang there.
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4th

2

11th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

14:35 Newton Abbot

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12st 0lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Joe Tizzard

Won (off this mark) on his chasing debut but no success since; well held at Chepstow last month when tackling good ground for the first time; cheekpieces return (tailed off only previous attempt in them).

3rd

4

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:42 Chepstow

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11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Colin Tizzard

Made bright start to chasing career last winter but, following a layoff, his two runs in February were no better than respectable; needs to find something extra here and is unraced on ground quicker than good to soft.

9/2

4th

4

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:05 Taunton

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11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Won Irish point and made successful chase debut at Huntingdon in December 2020 (2m4f, soft); has flickered in and out of form since but his return from a layoff at Fontwell 15 days ago (2m3f, good to soft) was better; should be no problem with this trip; bang there.

11/4

Form: /2P-3U

Last run: 95 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Some promise in 2m novice hurdles; well held when unseating late on chase debut at Chepstow but siblings include classy Chantry House and others who stayed well so some hopes that this big step up in trip will suit.
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3rd

2

11th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

13:30 Newton Abbot

Millbank Flyer

11st 11lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

The step up to 2m7f at Taunton in February should have suited but he folded tamely in the closing stages and remains a maiden; definitely has the ability to win races and perhaps cheekpieces will bring out more.

11/2

5th

9

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:05 Taunton

Millbank Flyer

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Some promise in 2m novice hurdles; well held when unseating late on chase debut at Chepstow but siblings include classy Chantry House and others who stayed well so some hopes that this big step up in trip will suit.

7/1

6

19th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:10 Chepstow

Millbank Flyer

11st 4lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Just four career starts and placed in two of three hurdling efforts, the latest when creditable third at Stratford last month; connections wasting little time in sending him over fences and this close relative of high-class chaser Chantry House could well improve for the switch.

3/1

Form: 4-640

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Minor form in a bumper and novice/maiden hurdles; hard to know what she's capable of now handicap/chasing but there are some useful jumpers in her pedigree.
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6th

10

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:05 Taunton

Lady Stanhow

10st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Grant Cann

Minor form in a bumper and novice/maiden hurdles; hard to know what she's capable of now handicap/chasing but there are some useful jumpers in her pedigree.

50/1

5

12th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:43 Uttoxeter

Lady Stanhow

11st 4lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Grant Cann

Unexposed mare who displayed minor promise on the second of her three runs in novice/maiden hurdles (2m4f-2m7f); almost certainly needs to improve to make winning chase/handicap debut here but is well worth a glance in the betting.

25/1

10th

8

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

12:45 Newbury

Lady Stanhow

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Grant Cann

Showed more last time (2m4f, good to soft) than on her hurdling debut, but that still leaves her with plenty to find against the principals here; looks more of a long-term prospect.

100/1

Form: 1-PP14

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Hunter chase winner last spring who made winning return from break at Hereford in November (3m1f, good); can excuse his 3m5f Fakenham defeat since and not dismissed back at shorter on more conventional track.
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1

8th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

17:00 Plumpton

Wick Green

12st 0lb

J: Mr Peter Mason

T: Jennifer Mason

Dual chase winner in 2021, latterly off 4lb higher at Hereford (3m1f, good) in November; looked suited by return to good ground when running well for a long way at Exeter (3m) last month; must be considered here.

9/2

4th

1

5th Apr 2022

Good To Firm

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:10 Exeter

Wick Green

12st 0lb

J: Mr Peter Mason

T: Jennifer Mason

7th

7

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:05 Taunton

Wick Green

11st 3lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jennifer Mason

Hunter chase winner last spring who made winning return from break at Hereford in November (3m1f, good); can excuse his 3m5f Fakenham defeat since and not dismissed back at shorter on more conventional track.

20/1

Form: P-572P

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Won two hurdles and a chase in Ireland and is well treated on his form over fences in September 2020; however, after running his best race for a while in a Musselburgh hurdle on New Year's Day, he was pulled up a long way out at Exeter this month; now has something to prove back chasing.
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5th

5

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

18:30 Southwell

Cooldine Bog

11st 7lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

8th

3

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:05 Taunton

Cooldine Bog

11st 10lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won two hurdles and a chase in Ireland and is well treated on his form over fences in September 2020; however, after running his best race for a while in a Musselburgh hurdle on New Year's Day, he was pulled up a long way out at Exeter this month; now has something to prove back chasing.

8/1

1

2nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:45 Exeter

Cooldine Bog

11st 12lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Fergal O’Brien

Three-time Irish winner (including on good ground) who returned to form when second of six on stable debut at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft) on New Year's Day; was clear with the unexposed winner and he's a solid candidate off his unchanged mark.

7/2

Form: 0/9755

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Continues to drop in the weights but he doesn't see much action these days and has been a weak finisher at 3m and back at 2m4f in recent starts (visor replaced cheekpieces last time, retained); has work to do.
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8th

3

5th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Worcester

Mulcahys Hill

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Warren Greatrex

2

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:05 Taunton

Mulcahys Hill

11st 11lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Warren Greatrex

Continues to drop in the weights but he doesn't see much action these days and has been a weak finisher at 3m and back at 2m4f in recent starts (visor replaced cheekpieces last time, retained); has work to do.

11/1

5th

1

10th Feb 2022

Good

2m 4f 115y

Class 4

14:45 Doncaster

Mulcahys Hill

11st 9lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Warren Greatrex

Would have a fine chance on old form but sparingly raced now and has had three wind surgeries; faded out of the picture back over fences at Newcastle last month and no great appeal with visor replacing cheekpieces.

7/1

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Tricast £1090.50
Trifecta £1085.00

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WEST COUNTRY:

Larkbarrow Lad

Telegraph:

Brianstorm

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Millbank Flyer

Daily Record:

Esprit De Somoza

LAMBOURN:

Mulcahys Hill

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The Guardian:

Larkbarrow Lad

Daily Express:

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