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14:30 Taunton

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Cornish Rock Gin Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5016.95
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Cornish Rock Gin Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

33/1 (Won)

  • Win: £42.50
  • Place: £7.10

Form: 5616-0 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won a six-runner handicap at Wincanton (2m4f, good) last March and is now 2lb lower; however, he was down the field on his final run last season (2m5f, good) and tailed off on his reappearance at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in December; this 10yo needs to get back on track.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

6

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:57 Chepstow

River Bray

11st 9lb

J: Miss Heidi Stevens

T: Victor Dartnall

prominent, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off

12/1

1st

2

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

River Bray

11st 13lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Won a six-runner handicap at Wincanton (2m4f, good) last March and is now 2lb lower; however, he was down the field on his final run last season (2m5f, good) and tailed off on his reappearance at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in December; this 10yo needs to get back on track.

33/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: -33415 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Below par at Newbury (2m, good to soft) on New Year's Eve but that run may have come too soon, ten days after she won over this C&D; her last three victories have come over C&D (good-soft) and she's respected for her in-form trainer now back at her favourite venue.

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5th

1

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

19:20 Stratford

Amelias Dance

12st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Robert Walford

Runner-up five times last season but not at best when well-held fourth at Taunton (2m, soft) in March; pulled up after a bad early mistake at Kempton last month.

5/1

4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton

Amelias Dance

11st 12lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

midfield, bad mistake and almost fell 3rd, soon pulled up quickly

14/1

4th

4

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Amelias Dance

11st 9lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, weakened from 2 out

2/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 419-F4 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Two wins last season (2m, good/good to soft) and running well when falling two out on reappearance at Fakenham (2m, good to soft) in November; disappointing at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) 15 days later but the subsequent break may have helped and she's not written off.

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3rd

8

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

Cup Of Coffee

11st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Two wins last season (2m, good/good to soft) and running well when falling two out on reappearance at Fakenham (2m, good to soft) in November; disappointing at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) 15 days later but the subsequent break may have helped and she's not written off.

14/1

4th

5

30th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

13:45 Ludlow

Cup Of Coffee

10st 13lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Two wins last season and was still just in front of Mullenbeg when falling at Fakenham 15 days ago, on her return from a break; likely to prove very competitive if none the worse for that mishap.

3/1

3

15th Nov 2022

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:22 Fakenham

Cup Of Coffee

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Samuel Drinkwater

led, pushed along 3 out, faced challenge when mistake and fell 2 out

9/1

11/1

Form: 214F25 D

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Won at Stratford (2m, good) last September and short-headed at Huntingdon (2m, good) in November, before a pretty solid fifth of ten at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft); can give another good account but there's a suspicion he'll be vulnerable here against some progressive rivals.

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4th

10

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

Sergeant

11st 0lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

Won at Stratford (2m, good) last September and short-headed at Huntingdon (2m, good) in November, before a pretty solid fifth of ten at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft); can give another good account but there's a suspicion he'll be vulnerable here against some progressive rivals.

11/1

5th

12

1st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

14:55 Wincanton

Sergeant

10st 9lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

Has progressed well over hurdles and ran right up to his mark when just touched off at Huntingdon (2m, good) 12 days ago; likely to be thereabouts but others may be better treated.

12/1

2nd

9

19th Nov 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:58 Huntingdon

Sergeant

10st 11lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

held up in last but in touch with leaders, struggling after 3 out, headway after 2 out, made strong challenge run-in, every chance final 110yds, just held

6/1

Form: 0/83P

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Two-time Flat winner who, in the context of this lowly mark, was a fair third in a C&D novice (good) in December; however, he was pulled up on last month's handicap hurdle debut at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) and is hard to fancy on the back of that.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

12

(7)

7th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 3f 137y

Class 5

15:25 Bath

The Rain King

9st 5lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: Alexandra Dunn

Flat wins over 1m in Ireland (soft) and at Windsor (good); non-stayer in one attempt over 1m2f back in 2020 and this winter's hurdle runs off modest marks on good ground don't go far enough to ease stamina concerns.

25/1

4th

8

2nd Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:40 Taunton

The Rain King

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Alexandra Dunn

took keen hold, midfield, headway before 3 out

9/1

3rd

6

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:30 Taunton

The Rain King

11st 5lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Alexandra Dunn

His Flat wins came over 1m and he's not bred to stay, but he kept on well for a 6l fifth here (2m, good) recently in his second handicap hurdle and on that evidence he's well worth a go at this longer trip.

9/1

Form: 1-2214 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Good second at Fakenham (2m, good) in October and awarded the race at Lingfield (2m, soft) next time; fair fourth of eight at Plumpton (2m, soft) last time in a race that has worked out well and he might not be far away.

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13

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

Saligo Bay

10st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Emphatic winner of a Plumpton seller (2m, good to soft) in November but he fell next time and was only third of six at Plumpton (beaten 9l) 18 days ago; dropped 3lb but he takes on plenty of unexposed types here and looks vulnerable.

14/1

3rd

6

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 3

15:52 Plumpton

Saligo Bay

10st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway 4 out, challenging before 2 out, outpaced approaching last, no match for first two

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: /P0-77 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Won three times in autumn 2020 and is well handicapped on that form, but she's not the same force nowadays and has finished soundly beaten in seventh the last twice; needs to raise her game.

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2nd

1

24th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Perfect Myth

11st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Stuart Kittow

held up in last, jumped left 4th, jumped left 5th, pushed along after 3 out, went second last, soon ridden, kept on but always held

9/2

7th

1

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

Perfect Myth

12st 0lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Stuart Kittow

Won three times in autumn 2020 and is well handicapped on that form, but she's not the same force nowadays and has finished soundly beaten in seventh the last twice; needs to raise her game.

50/1

7th

1

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:10 Newbury

Perfect Myth

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Stuart Kittow

Useful in the autumn of 2020 for Neil King, winning three mares' races, but winless on the Flat this year and well held on her return to hurdling at Cheltenham (100-1) three weeks ago; on the back burner for now.

20/1

Form: 6-6341 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Built upon his previous efforts (on good and good to soft) when winning in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) on last Monday's handicap debut at Hereford (2m, soft); he had a lot more in hand than the winning margin of a length and a half suggests and looks well treated under a 7lb penalty.

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8th

6

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

Half Dozen

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Built upon his previous efforts (on good and good to soft) when winning in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) on last Monday's handicap debut at Hereford (2m, soft); he had a lot more in hand than the winning margin of a length and a half suggests and looks well treated under a 7lb penalty.

4/5

1st

6

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:25 Hereford

Half Dozen

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Has shown promise over hurdles, notably when third at Newbury in November (form perhaps not as strong as looked likely at the time); moves into handicaps with a tongue-tie now enlisted; capable of better.

9/2

4th

6

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:00 Chepstow

Half Dozen

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Shaped with clear promise on first two hurdling starts, more recently when third behind two expensive recruits at Newbury (2m, good) last month; likely contender.

11/4

Form: 1-1261 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Headstrong sort who was tailed off on his hurdle debut in December when back from a break but left that run miles behind to win at Doncaster (2m3f, good) ten days ago; this unexposed 7yo is open to further improvement now in a hood, which could help him settle better; likely player.

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7th

1

11th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 4

16:00 Huntingdon

Give Me A Cuddle

12st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Yet to make any further progress since winning at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in January but gave very good account before fading into fifth at Kempton (2m5f, good; first-time tongue-tie) ten days ago and has each-way claims at least if in similar form here.

10/1

5th

9

1st May 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Kempton

Give Me A Cuddle

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

disputed lead, prominent after 2nd

33/1

12th

3

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:50 Kelso

Give Me A Cuddle

11st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

took keen hold, prominent

16/1

Form: 316538 D

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won a hunter chase last May and he returned from a break with a fair third of four over hurdles at Leicester in November; however, he's since been down the field at Wincanton and his claims aren't overly compelling.

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3rd

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

18:15 Stratford

Across The Line

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Syd Hosie

Back to form with a couple of seconds and he was clear at one point under a positive ride last time at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good; same mark); interesting to see if similar tactics are employed here as he could be tough to reel in.

5/2

2nd

4

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

15:45 Newton Abbot

Across The Line

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Syd Hosie

led, soon clear

7/1

2nd

7

1st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Warwick

Across The Line

11st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Syd Hosie

raced in second, ridden before 2 out, led approaching last, headed run-in, soon outpaced

10/1

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