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Taunton Racecourse Business Club “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4955.32
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Taunton Racecourse Business Club “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 52-3

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

With a Northern Irish yard when runner-up in a bumper at Stratford and later changed hands for £35,000; from off the pace he never remotely threatened Matterhorn's promising stablemate Meatloaf at Wincanton but it was a nice run; probably wants further but has solid claims if he can improve again.

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2nd

1

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Ballee

12st 0lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Scopey type who has made great strides since his hurdle debut in November, winning a useful Taunton event then giving a powerful display of front-running there (again 2m; good to soft) in December; can take the odd liberty with the hurdles and he paid the price when unseating early at Chepstow 11 days ago; still an interesting contender on handicap debut.

12/1

1

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Ballee

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Built upon promising hurdle debut when scoring at Taunton (2m, good) in November and displayed further improvement when winning by 24l over that C&D (good to soft) the following month; has 12lb penalty and slower ground to overcome but ought to be a tough nut to crack.

10/11

1st

1

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:30 Taunton

Ballee

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Placed on stable/hurdle debut at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) last month and improved to beat short-odds rival over C&D (good) a fortnight ago; likely to encounter slower ground today but sets a good hurdling standard.

5/4

4/6

  • Place: £1.02

Form: /P12-1 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Reportedly struggles with his breathing and was returning from a second wind operation when comfortably defying a penalty here two weeks ago (2m, good to soft), his second win at this track; now doubly penalised but he's clearly pretty smart.

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7th

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Matterhorn

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

led, disputed lead 3rd, lost position home turn

2/1

2nd

1

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Taunton

Matterhorn

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Reportedly struggles with his breathing and was returning from a second wind operation when comfortably defying a penalty here two weeks ago (2m, good to soft), his second win at this track; now doubly penalised but he's clearly pretty smart.

4/6

1st

1

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:15 Taunton

Matterhorn

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

made all, jumped well

8/13

2/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 18-U D BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won a good-ground Uttoxeter bumper before finishing a respectable eighth in the Grade 2 at Aintree; well backed for hurdling debut at Exeter (2m2f, good) and was mounting a challenge when jinking and unseating three out; much respected.

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1st

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Go To War

11st 12lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Good-ground bumper winner who won comfortably over C&D (soft) in December on his third hurdle start; has had wind op since and now wears a tongue-tie; strong contender under a 7lb penalty.

11/10

1st

4

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

Go To War

11st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Uttoxeter bumper winner before finishing eighth in the Grade 2 at Aintree; was about to mount his challenge when jinking and unseating three out on hurdling debut at Exeter but didn't do much wrong at Taunton, other than find two superior (finished clear of the remainder); the winner bolted up again last week; brings the best form credentials.

4/6

3rd

8

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Taunton

Go To War

11st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won a good-ground Uttoxeter bumper before finishing a respectable eighth in the Grade 2 at Aintree; well backed for hurdling debut at Exeter (2m2f, good) and was mounting a challenge when jinking and unseating three out; much respected.

2/1

25/1

Form: 256

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Only four ran when second in his bumper; RPRs in the high 80s when beaten 10l and 25l in 2m/2m4f novices at Plumpton; this is no easier.

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2nd

3

18th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

15:48 Fontwell

Sangiovese

10st 11lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

raced lazily, in touch with leaders, dropped to rear 3rd, detached before 4 out, went third before 2 out, stayed on and went second run-in, nearest finish

3/1

33/1

Form: 6

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Won a 3m Irish point on yielding; easy to back at 20-1 and never counted on her hurdling debut at Exeter; best watched for now.

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1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

15:32 Chepstow

Lady Balko

12st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Clear second at this course (2m3f) last month when bidding for a soft-ground four-timer, and remains in good form; unbeaten over 3m and warrants respect back up in distance; climbing the weights but still looks open to further progress.

11/4

2nd

1

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:50 Chepstow

Lady Balko

12st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

led, increased tempo before 3 out, joined approaching last, headed inside final 110yds, soon no extra

5/6

1st

1

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Lady Balko

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Came good over hurdles at seventh attempt, winning by 19l at Hereford (2m5f, soft) last month, and followed up over C&D (soft) a few days later; effectively another 7lb higher than last time now but needs to be taken very seriously in current mood.

5/2

Form: 485

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Placed in a point; just minor promise so far under rules and doesn't look up to winning a race of this nature.

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4th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:22 Newcastle

Heard That

11st 10lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Showed minor ability as a novice but has offered more encouragement in two handicap outings at Wetherby, the latest when a close second (2m3f, soft; first-time tongue-tie); could be competitive despite 3lb rise.

6/1

2nd

2

25th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 5

13:50 Wetherby

Heard That

11st 10lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Point runner-up who took step in right direction when fourth of 12 on handicap debut over C&D on Boxing Day (soft; Mister Barclay second); wears first-time tongue-tie today and is open to further improvement; respected.

100/30

4th

9

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

13:00 Wetherby

Heard That

11st 0lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

His best 2m novice hurdle form came on soft ground and this 3m point runner-up could improve now up in trip on handicap debut; on the shortlist.

8/1

Form: 71-8P D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Came from behind to win a Fakenham bumper (soft) in April; Flat bred and hasn't offered much in her first two runs over hurdles.

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1st

8

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

Birdhouse

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

Soft-ground C&D bumper winner last Easter but yet to run to a comparable level over hurdles, last month's Market Rasen handicap third in debuted cheekpieces (retained) still comprising a 13l beating; mark unchanged.

7/1

3rd

8

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

14:35 Market Rasen

Birdhouse

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

midfield, not fluent 4th, mistake 3 out

14/1

0

9

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Birdhouse

11st 1lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Resolute winner of a soft-ground bumper at Fakenham last April; has kept a low profile in two completions over hurdles but she's on a plater's mark and is surely capable of better at this modest level.

5/1

Form: 7-4

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Beaten a distance in two heavy-ground bumpers; different conditions this time and fitted with a tongue-tie, so may show more.

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4th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

Getuptheyard

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Very respectable fourth of 12 on handicap debut at Taunton (2m3f, soft) in February but ran in snatches when below that form over same C&D last month; others look safer here.

20/1

8th

6

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:10 Taunton

Getuptheyard

11st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Unplaced all four hurdling starts but made pretty good start to handicap career when fourth of 12 over C&D (soft) three weeks ago and enters calculations.

7/1

4th

4

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:10 Taunton

Getuptheyard

11st 8lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Nigel Hawke

Like a few in here, he's performed to a modest standard in novice events but consequently goes handicapping at a realistic level; worth checking in the betting.

12/1

Form: 28-76

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off three times since finishing second in a weak bumper at Fontwell; well behind Ballee last time.

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9th

6

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Taunton

Ferret Jeeter

11st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Anthony Honeyball

Tailed off three times since finishing second in a weak bumper at Fontwell; well behind Ballee last time.

100/1

6th

3

11th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

12:40 Wincanton

Ferret Jeeter

11st 0lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Twice tailed off since finishing runner-up in his first bumper, latterly in a 2m5f maiden hurdle at Fontwell; not crying out to be backed after that.

50/1

7th

5

10th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

17:45 Fontwell

Ferret Jeeter

11st 4lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Anthony Honeyball

From a good jumping family and made quite promising debut when second of five behind a subsequent Listed winner in good-ground course bumper last August; not seen since a poor run in October but still enters calulations on today's hurdling debut.

6/1

Form: 50

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

The dam has produced four winners; a weakener in both her bumpers (good then good to soft); opposable in a race of this nature.

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10th

22

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:30 Chepstow

Solstice Saint

11st 0lb

T: Anthony Honeyball

Has run in two bumpers and two novice hurdles; joint-favourite for debut but increasingly big odds since and none of that form reads well.

66/1

6th

13

12th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

12:45 Wincanton

Solstice Saint

11st 0lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Went off joint-favourite when midfield on bumper debut but tailed off at big odds the next twice, most recently on hurdle debut at Taunton.

100/1

10th

12

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Taunton

Solstice Saint

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

The dam has produced four winners; a weakener in both her bumpers (good then good to soft); opposable in a race of this nature.

50/1

Form: 9

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Finished last in his point (good to soft) and tailed off in a heavy-ground bumper at Newton Abbot; opposable for now.

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10th

6

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:10 Taunton

Bruce Gobbler

11st 3lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Tailed off in all his hurdles but in good hands and there could be improvement lurking now raised in trip for handicap debut.

9/1

5th

1

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

15:15 Wincanton

Bruce Gobbler

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Has trailed in tailed off in three runs for this yard, the last two hurdles at Taunton; very opposable.

50/1

12th

2

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Bruce Gobbler

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Finished last of four in his sole point and tailed off in both starts for this yard, in a bumper and a 2m novice over C&D.

150/1

Form:

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Prominent to a point before ending up tailed off in a maiden at Wincanton (soft); Ballee looks the yard's main hope.

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3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Contramar

11st 6lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

With a good stable but was well beaten on his first two hurdling starts (1m7f/2m) and needs the addition of cheekpieces to make a massive difference.

66/1

12th

5

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Taunton

Contramar

11st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Prominent to a point before ending up tailed off in a maiden at Wincanton (soft); Ballee looks the yard's main hope.

50/1

10th

3

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:54 Wincanton

Contramar

11st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

£36,000 3yo; fifth foal; half-brother to winners It's Probably Me (bumper/2m3f hurdle) and The Wild Wild Sea (2m4f hurdle); dam unraced half-sister to useful winners Kayf Grace (bumper/2m hurdle) and Missis Potts (2m-2m3f hurdle/chase); entitled to benefit from this debut outing.

20/1

Form: 0-P

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off in a Taunton bumper (good to soft) and maiden hurdle at Wincanton (soft); headgear soon turned to.

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13th

4

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Taunton

Captain Bill

11st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Tailed off in a Taunton bumper (good to soft) and maiden hurdle at Wincanton (soft); headgear soon turned to.

100/1

0

7

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:54 Wincanton

Captain Bill

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Tailed off when 33-1 for Taunton bumper in March; not the obvious answer on today's hurdling debut.

100/1

13th

10

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:45 Taunton

Captain Bill

10st 6lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

First foal; dam bumper/2m4f hurdle winner, half-sister to a 6f/7f winner; stable has only occasional bumper winners; others appeal more.

40/1

Form: 3

Last run: 190 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Close third in a slowly run good-ground bumper at Southwell, which wasn't much of a race despite the winner going in again next time; vulnerable.

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4th

10

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

15:05 Plumpton

Senor Diaz

10st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

towards rear, brief headway on outer before 3 out

25/1

6th

9

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 111y

Class 2

14:35 Exeter

Senor Diaz

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Seamus Mullins

Third in sole bumper (2m, good) and back to form when near-10l second at Chepstow (2m, heavy) last month on third hurdle start; however, that latest form is relatively modest and others have more substance to their claims.

33/1

2nd

5

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:35 Chepstow

Senor Diaz

11st 3lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

held up in rear

50/1

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