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16:50 Taunton

Soft

William Hill Scratch Of The Day Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3430.98
  • 2m 7f 198y
  • Class 5
  • 15 runners
  • Win time: 6m 23s
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William Hill Scratch Of The Day Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £18.20
  • Place: £4.90

Form: 74-156 D

Last run: 66 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Handled soft ground well when justifying good support off just 2lb lower last autumn, so hard to know what happened when last seen two months ago; needs to bounce back from that.

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5th

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

14:00 Exeter

My Last Oscar

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Martin

Ploughed through the heavy ground when winning at Hexham in December (3m; from an 8lb lower mark); arguably that wasn't the strongest of races though, and he was never travelling when pulled up at Taunton subsequently; some work to do in these newly applied cheekpieces.

8/1

3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

My Last Oscar

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Martin

C&D winner who is prone to the odd lesser effort but he has a healthy strike-rate in handicaps at 2m7f+ and made light of heavy ground at Hexham in December (2m7f); up 8lb but still respected.

8/1

1st

1

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

15:20 Hexham

My Last Oscar

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Martin

Taunton winner in March 2022 (3m, soft); has not run as well since, although fair effort after a break when 20l third at Warwick last time (3m2f, soft); a possible.

7/2

12/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: 8045P

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

In good hands but is still to show anything and has been well below market expectations twice since handicapping; cheekpieces didn't help last time and he's now given a go in blinkers down another 4lb.

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5th

8

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Advantura

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in rear, mistake 1st, in touch with leaders when not fluent 7th, not fluent 8th, reminder before 9th, pushed along and lost ground after 11th, got behind after 14th, soon pulled up

12/1

9

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Advantura

11st 1lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Fell in two of his first three chases but ran big race in defeat when close/clear second at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft) in between and may still have potential; can't be ruled out.

10/1

6

31st Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 60y

Class 5

14:15 Ffos Las

Advantura

10st 10lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Perhaps travelled a bit too well for his own good when beaten narrowly on his second chase start at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft), finishing clear of the remainder; an 8lb rise seems harsh but he's considered nonetheless.

11/2

5/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 044F62

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Regressive maiden who bombed as favourite behind Puzzle Cache late last year; a better effort in first-time cheekpieces three weeks ago suggests he's found his level but he now needs to build on it.

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4th

9

2nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

12:50 Exeter

Getaway Cory

10st 8lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: Kayley Woollacott

No wins in 22 runs over hurdles but has been placed on several occasions this year, latterly when second at Wincanton (2m4f, good) 15 days ago; similar scenario on the cards.

9/4

2nd

9

17th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

15:15 Wincanton

Getaway Cory

10st 6lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: Kayley Woollacott

Placed six times this year but still awaiting a win after 22 attempts; not beaten far at Uttoxeter last Saturday but hard to be confident this will be his day; usual cheekpieces off (as is a tongue-strap worn latest).

9/1

5th

11

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

15:22 Uttoxeter

Getaway Cory

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Kayley Woollacott

towards rear, in touch with leaders after 3rd

8/1

Form: 0-5P35

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Point/bumper winner who lost her way last year; again had no obvious excuses on her handicap debut upped to this sort of trip last time off 3lb higher.

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2

11th Dec 2022

Good

3m 1f 185y

Class 5

12:23 Southwell

Ballybough Mary

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

pressed leader, mistake 1st, led 3rd, headed and raced in second 4th, briefly led 10th, lost second and prominent with one circuit to go, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, lost third and well beaten when mistake 2 out, well behind when pulled up last

5/1

6th

3

28th Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Uttoxeter

Ballybough Mary

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Point/bumper winner; didn't really progress over hurdles last season (for Nigel Twiston-Davies); perhaps change of scenery and switch to fences (chases in the pedigree) will enable her to take a leap forward.

8/1

4th

2

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Ballybough Mary

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Point/bumper winner who lost her way last year; again had no obvious excuses on her handicap debut upped to this sort of trip last time off 3lb higher.

10/1

Form: 50-FP3

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

First signs of ability at a big price off this mark a fortnight ago; that wasn't much of a race but neither is this and he's low mileage still.

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9

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

13:10 Huntingdon

Doyens De Ante

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Max Young

prominent

20/1

0

5

15th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

13:37 Hereford

Doyens De Ante

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Max Young

Seemingly aided by cheekpieces when winning consecutive chases last spring (3m2f/2m7f) but was beaten when unseating rider at Fontwell 232 days ago and has fitness to prove here.

11/2

12/1

Form: P55467 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 3lb

12 yo Mare

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Wins have all come around this time of year, including over C&D, mainly on soft/heavy ground; is into the veteran stage and has generally struggled this season but no surprise to see better off a career-low mark.

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6th

11

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Avithos

10st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Mark Gillard

Wins have all come around this time of year, including over C&D, mainly on soft/heavy ground; is into the veteran stage and has generally struggled this season but no surprise to see better off a career-low mark.

12/1

7th

8

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:05 Sedgefield

Avithos

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Mark Gillard

Veteran stayer who won this race under Brian Hughes last year; recent efforts slightly underwhelming but she is 4lb lower than 12 months ago and has to be considered with the champion jockey elect back on board.

7/1

6th

6

9th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

16:25 Fakenham

Avithos

10st 3lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Mark Gillard

Thorough stayer who won twice in the mud (2m7f/3m3f) early last year; not beaten far behind Midnight Mary over C&D last time but she may again be vulnerable to younger legs.

13/2

Form: 0980

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Irish maiden point winner last October who's struggled over hurdles, including upped in trip following wind surgery on her handicap debut five weeks ago; isn't obviously fancied.

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3rd

10

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Sevenofus

10st 2lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Carroll Gray

Has won a point but 0-13 under rules; had Poet's Reflection behind when runner-up over 2m2f here last month (chase debut; good) and it wasn't her first poor run on soft when failing to complete at Wincanton; granted goodish ground she's a player.

12/1

6

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

16:35 Wincanton

Sevenofus

10st 7lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Carroll Gray

Point winner who is 0-12 under rules and her best runs have come on good going; however, there was promise in her chase debut second at Taunton (2m2f, good) three weeks ago and she's open to further improvement over fences.

7/1

2nd

11

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Sevenofus

10st 2lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Carroll Gray

0-10 over hurdles when trained by Neil Mulholland and, following a long absence, was soundly beaten (albeit on soft ground) here on last month's stable debut; this return to good ground will suit but she makes her chasing debut with quite a bit to prove; 2lb wrong.

40/1

OUR TIP

Form: 6P/0P- D

Last run: 375 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Missed more than a year before showing little in two chase runs last season; is entitled to need this back from a year off for his new yard at his age, having come over from Ireland.

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3rd

1

14th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

17:10 Exeter

Carrigready

12st 2lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Brian Barr

1st

5

5th Apr 2022

Good To Firm

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:10 Exeter

Carrigready

11st 1lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Brian Barr

3

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Carrigready

11st 4lb

J: Harriet Tucker

T: Brian Barr

Missed more than a year before showing little in two chase runs last season; is entitled to need this back from a year off for his new yard at his age, having come over from Ireland.

33/1

Form: 13-022

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Stamina in her pedigree and she had no problems with the step up in trip over C&D last time; has a 4lb rise to deal with but the cheekpieces have clearly helped and she's on the shortlist.

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9

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Sindabella

10st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Exploited some significant help from the handicapper when winning by 6l at Exeter (2m2f, soft) in December, after a break, and is also suited by this C&D; her last two runs were underwhelming though and her overall profile is not persuasive.

14/1

4th

5

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:45 Taunton

Sindabella

11st 0lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Conditions were soft when a comfortable winner at Exeter in December and ran well back there next time; still on a competitive mark but does have to rebound after a modest run at Leicester and there are question marks against her on heavy.

16/1

9th

7

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

13:00 Leicester

Sindabella

10st 9lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

led

7/1

Form: -876P3

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Offered more in the blinkers last time, on his first attempt at this sort of trip, and is 4lb lower today; that gave something to build on for last season's successful yard.

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5

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Earl Of Wisdom

11st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Offered more in the blinkers last time, on his first attempt at this sort of trip, and is 4lb lower today; that gave something to build on for last season's successful yard.

7/1

3rd

2

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

15:55 Lingfield

Earl Of Wisdom

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Pulled up at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) on Thursday and has now been unplaced all seven hurdling starts; upped in trip and tried in first-time blinkers here; tongue-tie removed; needs to up his game.

14/1

10

10th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:07 Ffos Las

Earl Of Wisdom

10st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Acts on soft but nothing special about his handicap form so far, wind surgery and the fitting of a tongue-tie not making much difference 12 days ago.

16/1

Form: 30170P CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

All or nothing to date and arrives in no form; she's a C&D winner, though, and it wouldn't be surprise to see her pop up in a first-time visor (switched from cheekpieces).

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6

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Puzzle Cache

11st 0lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Chris Down

All or nothing to date and arrives in no form; she's a C&D winner, though, and it wouldn't be surprise to see her pop up in a first-time visor (switched from cheekpieces).

16/1

9

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Puzzle Cache

11st 1lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Chris Down

Dual hurdle winner in 2021, including this race on heavy, and 2m5f (soft); fortunes have flagged on last two starts but cannot rule out return to form.

33/1

11th

11

1st Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

13:50 Ffos Las

Puzzle Cache

10st 10lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Chris Down

Modest mare who has gained both wins off 4lb lower, the latest by narrow margin at Exeter (2m5f, soft) in December; well held last time; opposed off current mark.

25/1

Form: 00-0

Last run: 97 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

This trip is more in-keeping with her pedigree now handicapping off a basement mark but she's started triple-figure prices and finished tailed off in three runs to date.

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10

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

14:14 Newton Abbot

Bees And Honey

10st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Richard Hawker

Has shown little at big prices in his five hurdle runs including two handicaps (3m/2m5f); has a lot to prove on chase debut and can only be watched; cheekpieces added.

10

5th Apr 2022

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:50 Exeter

Bees And Honey

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Richard Hawker

Has shown little in three novice hurdles and two handicaps; weak form claims but may do better at this level with cheekpieces added.

25/1

9th

11

21st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

17:40 Wincanton

Bees And Honey

10st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Richard Hawker

No improvement for the switch to handicaps when pulled up at Taunton last week (3m, soft; 66-1); plenty to prove in a first-time tongue-tie.

50/1

Form: 404-P6

Last run: 119 days

W: 10st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Tried over various trips and in cheekpieces without joy during a light career; will be happier going this way again, having jumped right last time, but it's hard to find any others positives.

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10th

17

20th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

20:03 Worcester

Comeragh Lad

10st 2lb

J: David Prichard

T: Ryan Chapman

100/1

10th

12

21st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

17:10 Wincanton

Comeragh Lad

10st 3lb

J: David Prichard

T: Ryan Chapman

Unseated rider in early stages at Taunton a week ago and has now been unplaced all ten hurdling starts; pulled up when cheekpieces were tried three runs ago; visor given a whirl today.

33/1

Form: 40993

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Beaten a long way into third last time and is going right up in trip on her handicap debut; will need to settle better if she's to have a chance of seeing it out.

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2nd

4

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

15:08 Wincanton

Firefly Lane

10st 5lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

Modest hurdler but she won a point and was having only her third run over fences when delivering a career best to finish second at Taunton (2m5f, soft) when 10lb out of the weights; now 3lb higher but she has something to build on.

2/1

2nd

11

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Firefly Lane

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

Won a point but rules form is poor and has a lot to prove over fences, having pulled up on her first attempt and well held on her second; 10lb out of the weights.

50/1

4th

9

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:40 Exeter

Firefly Lane

10st 2lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

Point winner; largely poor form under rules and continues to be well out of the weights; opposed on second chase attempt.

40/1

Form: 0940-P

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Poor performer who's 4lb out of the weights today; no promise when pulled up back from over a year off recently.

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15

14th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Earcomesali

10st 0lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Peter Pritchard

Poor performer who's 4lb out of the weights today; no promise when pulled up back from over a year off recently.

50/1

12

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Earcomesali

10st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Peter Pritchard

Tailed off last of 11 here (3m1f, soft) when last seen in January last year; hood fitted for first time; hard to fancy after absence and from 2lb out of the handicap.

50/1

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Exacta £2040.00
Straight Forecast £1437.20
Tricast £9708.20
Trifecta £16029.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Sindabella

RP Ratings:

Getaway Cory

POSTDATA:

Ballybough Mary

WEST COUNTRY:

Earl Of Wisdom

SPOTLIGHT:

Puzzle Cache

The Guardian:

Sindabella

Daily Mail:

Sindabella

The Sun:

Sindabella

Daily Record:

Sindabella

The Times:

Getaway Cory

Daily Express:

Getaway Cory

Daily Mirror:

Getaway Cory

The Star:

Getaway Cory