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14:08 Taunton

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S Roberts & Son Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £3430.98
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 5m 5s
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S Roberts & Son Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 14761 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

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.

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2

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:50 Chepstow

Iberio

11st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Made a promising start in this sphere when fourth at Exeter in October but he's failed to build on it in three subsequent starts, making mistakes when third of five at Doncaster (3m2f) last time; others appeal more.

4/1

3rd

4

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Iberio

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Made bad mistakes at Exeter in autumn on each of his first two chase starts, but showed signs of promise and it wasn't his fault he ran out mid-race at Chepstow last month (short of room); on a competitive mark on last season's hurdle form and can go well if minimising the blunders.

11/2

8/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 0553

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Bettered his low-key novice/maiden form when third of 12 (just behind Thedancingman) on handicap debut at Exeter (2m, good to soft) in January; moves back up in trip today and is open to further progress.

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3rd

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:40 Taunton

Imperial Joe

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jake Bament

T: Tim Dennis

in rear, jumped right 1st, outpaced before 3 out, rallied from 2 out, went third run-in

8/1

3rd

4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:50 Taunton

Imperial Joe

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

towards rear

7/1

4th

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:20 Exeter

Imperial Joe

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

Made it 3-8 over fences when scoring at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft) in April but he was well held in final run in the spring and was a similar story here on his return in November; now drops back in grade but he's still 6lb higher than for last win and has some work to do back at this trip.

13/2

16/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 7P6-75 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Generally very disappointing in recent years but ran better than bare form suggests when 12l fifth at Fontwell (2m5f, good to soft) in January and has each-way claims on today's stable debut (was with Dai Burchell); cheekpieces refitted.

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1st

9

19th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 5

15:20 Sedgefield

Adherence

10st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Bernard Llewellyn

2nd

13

25th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 5f 122y

Class 5

13:55 Newton Abbot

Adherence

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Has dropped a long way in the weights but rarely featured over the last two years and was a remote third, 19l behind Imperial Joe, at Taunton recently (2m3f, soft) on yard debut; has enough to prove these days.

14/1

3rd

6

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:08 Taunton

Adherence

10st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Generally very disappointing in recent years but ran better than bare form suggests when 12l fifth at Fontwell (2m5f, good to soft) in January and has each-way claims on today's stable debut (was with Dai Burchell); cheekpieces refitted.

16/1

Form: 0-6681

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Well beaten at triple-digit odds in three maiden/novice hurdles last summer but, following a layoff, made winning chase/handicap debut at Ludlow (2m, soft) eight days ago; effectively 5lb lower for today's return to hurdling; major player if able to transfer his recent improvement to this sphere.

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4th

7

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

13:32 Huntingdon

Duneomeno

10st 5lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Henry Oliver

Won a Ludlow novice handicap on chasing debut when with Christian Williams in February 2022 (2m, soft) but rather disappointing over fences since; close fourth in a Ludlow handicap hurdle on first run for this new yard (2m, soft) and has a chance if translating that form to fences.

3/1

4th

8

29th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

14:30 Ludlow

Duneomeno

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Henry Oliver

Ran in these colours when with Christian Williams, for whom he won over fences here two years ago (2m, soft; same mark as today); that was his last effort of any note (including one hurdle race) but he warrants a market check on stable debut despite his long absence; 5lb out of the handicap.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 95/061 CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Returned from long absence with two underwhelming runs this winter but dug deep to win 16-runner conditional jockeys' race over C&D (good to soft) nine days ago; runs without a penalty today (due to go up 4lb) and remains lighly raced; good chance.

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9th

5

4th Jul 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

17:05 Worcester

Novus Aditus

11st 11lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

midfield, dropped to rear after 9th, soon beaten

9/1

3rd

1

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:40 Exeter

Novus Aditus

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

7th

2

21st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

17:10 Wincanton

Novus Aditus

11st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Had subsequent winner Wetanwindy behind in third when digging deep for narrow Taunton win (2m3f, soft) last month but was safely held off that same mark there 18 days ago; 3lb higher here; now tried over new trip and in first-time cheekpieces.

10/1

Form: 7-57P3

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

0-6 over hurdles; stayed on from poor position to take third when upped to 2m5f at Fontwell (good to soft) last month but never looked dangerous there and needs to take another step forward here.

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2

1st Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

16:20 Fontwell

Rectory Oak

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, reminders after 5th, ridden after 8th, soon became detached, well behind when pulled up 4 out

6/1

1st

3

17th Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

14:50 Newton Abbot

Rectory Oak

11st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

led, reminders when briefly headed 2nd, prominent when headed 4th, ridden after 11th, soon lost second, weakened 3 out, left in modest second 2 out, left alone last

11/4

6th

2

29th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 5

16:24 Fontwell

Rectory Oak

11st 11lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

11/2

Form: 5F8-6P

Last run: 76 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Unplaced all five hurdle starts, most recently when pulled up in 2m4f Uttoxeter handicap in December; signed off for Michael Attwater with fairly respectable AW run in January but makes only limited appeal on today's stable debut; hooded for first time.

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6

26th Sep 2022

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 5

14:18 Newton Abbot

Letter At Dawn

10st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

took keen hold, not fluent, pressed leader, led after 2nd, headed after 3rd, lost position 4th, in rear from 6th, behind when pulled up after 8th (vet said gelding was lame on his left-fore)

12/1

2nd

9

8th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 5

17:10 Ludlow

Letter At Dawn

10st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Chris Down

Form: U56

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Flat-bred 4yo who has shown some glimmers of ability over hurdles; 5lb out of the weights for today's handicap debut but has potential.

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6th

4

17th Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

13:35 Market Rasen

Olympe De Gouges

11st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

prominent, pushed along after 3 out, ridden home turn, weakened 2 out

13/2

5

5th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Worcester

Olympe De Gouges

11st 6lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Form: 34-240

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Returned from one-year absence with good second in 0-120 contest at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft) in November but below that form twice since and now 0-8 over hurdles; needs to up his game.

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7th

6

20th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

17:10 Stratford

Peckinpah

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

Very respectable fourth over C&D (good) on last summer's chasing debut but failed to complete his next two races and career strike-rate now stands at 0-25; has form on good and soft ground; others look safer.

20/1

9

23rd Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

14:45 Stratford

Peckinpah

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

always behind, pulled up after 3 out

16/1

6

28th Jul 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

13:57 Stratford

Peckinpah

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

held up in last, mistake 4th, good jump and brief headway 9th, mistake and fell 10th

12/1

Form: /063-2

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 9yo who returned from latest layoff with creditable second at Exeter (2m, good to soft) in January; might be seen to even better effect over today's longer trip and enters calculations.

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5

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:08 Taunton

Thedancingman

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Laura Young

Lightly raced 9yo who returned from latest layoff with creditable second at Exeter (2m, good to soft) in January; might be seen to even better effect over today's longer trip and enters calculations.

8/1

2nd

6

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

15:10 Exeter

Thedancingman

11st 0lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Laura Young

Absent since last March but back then he was an encouraging third of 17 at Taunton (2m3f, soft) on his first start back with Laura Young, after a 126-day break; 2lb lower today; this lightly raced 9yo is not discounted.

15/2

Form: 90P47

Last run: 1 day

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Made a promising handicap debut when fourth of 12 at Plumpton (2m, soft) but couldn't build on that when well beaten at Wincanton yesterday.

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7

3rd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:08 Taunton

Glorious Isolation

10st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Anthony Honeyball

Made a promising handicap debut when fourth of 12 at Plumpton (2m, soft) but couldn't build on that when well beaten at Wincanton yesterday.

14/1

7th

7

2nd Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

16:15 Wincanton

Glorious Isolation

10st 4lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

18-1 for handicap debut at Plumpton (2m, soft) 16 days ago and proved vastly more competitive in fourth of 12 off today's mark to Eventful and Ruby's Reward; needs to build on that but has each-way claims; stable also runs Rubys Reward.

8/1

4th

7

14th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:40 Plumpton

Glorious Isolation

10st 4lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Tailed off at big prices in her qualifying runs and would need to see some confidence behind her to get involved now she goes handicapping; stable runs two, both handicap debutantes.

33/1

Form: 224B70

Last run: 79 days

W: 10st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Probably didn't achieve much when second in two small-field bumpers last year and hasn't shown any promise since switched to hurdling; makes handicap debut from 28lb out of the weights; huge improvement needed.

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4th

9

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:40 Taunton

Gorcombe Moonshine

10st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Robert Walford

jumped left on occasions, in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd, mistake 3rd, jumped badly left 5 out, went second 4 out, weakened approaching last, lost two places run-in

7/2

7

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:40 Ludlow

Gorcombe Moonshine

10st 7lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Has taken well to fences, winning at Fontwell (2m2f, soft; maiden previously) then creditable third at Plumpton (2m1f); may have more to offer at an ordinary level in this sphere; enters calculations.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £374.00
Straight Forecast £413.10
Tricast £4144.70
Trifecta £3370.00

Selections

The Times:

Duneomeno

SPOTLIGHT:

Iberio

RP Ratings:

Novus Aditus

WEST COUNTRY:

Rectory Oak

Telegraph:

Iberio

Daily Express:

Iberio

The Sun:

Iberio

The Guardian:

Duneomeno

Daily Mirror:

Duneomeno

The Star:

Duneomeno

Daily Record:

Duneomeno

TOPSPEED:

Novus Aditus

POSTDATA:

Novus Aditus

Daily Mail:

Novus Aditus