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16:25 Taunton

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Stables Business Park Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6073.15
  • 2m 7f 198y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Stables Business Park Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 8-6841 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Nothing doing in bumpers and early hurdle races, including in first two handicaps, but he handled the step up to 3m on heavy ground far better than his toiling rivals when well clear at Wincanton 12 days ago; up 10lb but he's unexposed.

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2nd

2

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

15:00 Exeter

Rivers Corner

12st 0lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Syd Hosie

Came good with two slow-ground wins when upped to 3m in February, and gave another good account when close third at Newcastle (2m7f, heavy) 12 days ago; might still be on the upgrade; good chance.

4/1

3rd

2

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 5

17:05 Newcastle

Rivers Corner

11st 12lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Syd Hosie

Thrashed a subsequent winner at Wincanton (3m, heavy) and made light work of a 10lb rise at Taunton (3m, soft; form franked); a first Newcastle runner for the Dorset-based trainer Syd Hosie; 2-2 under Harry Atkins; likely to prove tough to beat in hat-trick mission despite a further 10lb rise.

9/4

1st

12

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Rivers Corner

10st 11lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Syd Hosie

Nothing doing in bumpers and early hurdle races, including in first two handicaps, but he handled the step up to 3m on heavy ground far better than his toiling rivals when well clear at Wincanton 12 days ago; up 10lb but he's unexposed.

9/2

Form: 394

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Shown promise both starts at Taunton, keeping up the chase when fourth of nine over 2m3f (good) this month; might reveal hidden depths now handicapping up in trip but he did run poorly in his only run on soft, at Wincanton in December.

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5th

7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:53 Taunton

Tiny Tetley

10st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Clear runner-up behind progressive winner on handicap debut over C&D (soft) in February, then went one better in Exeter maiden (2m5f, soft); he's 6lb higher than two starts ago but this 6yo is open to further improvement today on just his sixth start; he's one to be interested in.

7/2

1st

7

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

14:30 Exeter

Tiny Tetley

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

made all but didn't always jump with fluency

13/8

2nd

5

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Tiny Tetley

11st 9lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Shown promise both starts at Taunton, keeping up the chase when fourth of nine over 2m3f (good) this month; might reveal hidden depths now handicapping up in trip but he did run poorly in his only run on soft, at Wincanton in December.

9/1

12/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 51-124 CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Won consecutive handicaps in 2023, over C&D (soft) and 2m5f (heavy), and didn't look done with from a handicapping viewpoint when fourth at Newbury in January (3m, soft); likely contender down in grade.

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3rd

9

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Little Else

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Won consecutive handicaps in 2023, over C&D (soft) and 2m5f (heavy), and didn't look done with from a handicapping viewpoint when fourth at Newbury in January (3m, soft); likely contender down in grade.

12/1

4th

16

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

15:10 Newbury

Little Else

10st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Seemingly all the better for wind surgery when winning 3m/2m5f (soft/heavy) handicaps by neck margins; got edged out by an exposed mare at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) since but returning to further should benefit her; she's not without hope.

14/1

Form: 426-

Last run: 370 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten in sole Irish point; ran well behind talented rivals in first two hurdle starts at about 2m6f (soft and good to soft) but his effort was very short-lived on handicap debut at Exeter on latest start last February; should be competitive on the earlier form if fit for the fray.

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3

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Keable

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Displayed ability in maiden hurdles early last year; the first-time hood may help him settle better and this lightly raced 7yo may have needed the run at Taunton last month when back from a year off, but he's now been well beaten in both handicaps and needs to leave those runs behind.

25/1

4th

1

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Keable

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Soundly beaten in sole Irish point; ran well behind talented rivals in first two hurdle starts at about 2m6f (soft and good to soft) but his effort was very short-lived on handicap debut at Exeter on latest start last February; should be competitive on the earlier form if fit for the fray.

10/1

Form: 438096 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Stout stayer whose latest winning run was in 2021; few signs of life since back from absence in October and no better for the return to a staying trip at Huntingdon recently; could be a reviver at some stage though.

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1st

6

4th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:45 Southwell

Uno Mas

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

11-time hurdle winner (albeit not since 2011); well beaten on all four outings this year but is sliding down the weights and may yet stage a revival; worth keeping an eye on in the betting.

14/1

5th

13

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Uno Mas

10st 10lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

Stout stayer whose latest winning run was in 2021; few signs of life since back from absence in October and no better for the return to a staying trip at Huntingdon recently; could be a reviver at some stage though.

14/1

6th

6

8th Feb 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

15:25 Huntingdon

Uno Mas

11st 4lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

Fruitful spell in 2021 included C&D win; missed last season; form this term has turned poor since dropping back to 2m-2m4f and this return to a longer distance gives cause for optimism off a handy mark.

10/1

Form: -U3343 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Has run well in handicap hurdles on last two starts, seeming to stay 3m1f (soft) when third at Huntingdon this month, despite racing enthusiastically; not obviously ahead of his mark but on the premises again.

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4th

7

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Spitalfield

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Made it 0-10 when tailed off at Taunton (3m, soft) last month and has something to prove, including with his jumping; however, prior to that he was a good third when upped in trip at Huntingdon (3m1f, soft) and he could be thereabouts if rediscovering that form.

20/1

6th

4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Spitalfield

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has run well in handicap hurdles on last two starts, seeming to stay 3m1f (soft) when third at Huntingdon this month, despite racing enthusiastically; not obviously ahead of his mark but on the premises again.

11/2

3rd

2

8th Feb 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

15:25 Huntingdon

Spitalfield

12st 0lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, mistake 6th, bit short of room 4 out, headway and went second going okay after 3 out

7/2

Form: P8-24P D

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Multiple winner, in points and four times at Exeter, but his form has see-sawed since a chase win last January and he was pulled up for the third time in six starts back there last month; weights chance but risky with first-time blinkers replacing cheekpieces.

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5th

4

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

15:00 Exeter

Raddon Top

11st 13lb

J: James Turner

T: Chris Down

Four-time course winner (twice over C&D) who will be suited by today's ground; on a good mark now but was safely held when fourth here last month and needs to up his game.

16/1

4th

6

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

14:00 Exeter

Raddon Top

11st 5lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Exeter specialist; ran well (beaten 2.75l) when runner-up on C&D seasonal reappearance in November; failed to build positively on that since, toiling in first-time blinkers at Taunton latest; possibilities if back on song, but equally it's difficult to have much confidence.

25/1

7th

2

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Raddon Top

12st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Multiple winner, in points and four times at Exeter, but his form has see-sawed since a chase win last January and he was pulled up for the third time in six starts back there last month; weights chance but risky with first-time blinkers replacing cheekpieces.

14/1

Form: 3-33P4

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Started handicap career with two good runs at about 2m3f (on good and heavy) but was pulled up over 3m next time and never really threatened back in trip at Exeter last month; others more likely.

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8th

10

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Sams Amour

10st 13lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Keiran Burke

Started handicap career with two good runs at about 2m3f (on good and heavy) but was pulled up over 3m next time and never really threatened back in trip at Exeter last month; others more likely.

14/1

4th

8

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:40 Exeter

Sams Amour

10st 10lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

towards rear, not fluent 5 out

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4F4-31 CD

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

Form: 36P2

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Early promise in Irish point and bumper; low-key start to hurdle career but he fared better when runner-up to a hotpot at Kempton (2m5f, soft) recently and should do better again on switch to this level over new trip.

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6

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Tough Approach

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Early promise in Irish point and bumper; low-key start to hurdle career but he fared better when runner-up to a hotpot at Kempton (2m5f, soft) recently and should do better again on switch to this level over new trip.

9/1

2nd

13

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Kempton

Tough Approach

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Runner-up on Irish point debut last spring and made quite promising start to rules career when keeping-on third in Newton Abbot bumper (heavy) in October but dropped out of contention very quickly on first two hurdling starts and can only be watched here.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £197.00
Straight Forecast £173.00
Tricast £625.70
Trifecta £952.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Rivers Corner

SPOTLIGHT:

The Midwife

Telegraph:

My Last Oscar

WEST COUNTRY:

Tough Approach

TOPSPEED:

Uno Mas

RP RATINGS:

The Midwife

The Times:

The Midwife

Daily Record:

The Midwife

The Guardian:

Rivers Corner

Daily Mail:

Rivers Corner

The Sun:

Rivers Corner

The Star:

Rivers Corner

D Express:

My Last Oscar

Daily Mirror:

My Last Oscar