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16:10 Taunton

Soft

William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 7f 198y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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William Hill Lengthen Your Odds Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 544211 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

12/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: -07558

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Generally very disappointing since shock win in 2m Warwick novice in autumn 2022 and faded rather tamely after racing prominently over 2m3f here last month; unexposed over 3m and continues to slip down the weights but needs to turn a corner.

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3

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Always Busy

11st 12lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Christian Williams

Has become disappointing but off his reduced mark he beat all bar an in-form mare over 3m at Taunton 21 days ago (soft); has been front-running and this place should suit him.

7/2

2nd

5

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Always Busy

11st 12lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

Generally very disappointing since shock win in 2m Warwick novice in autumn 2022 and faded rather tamely after racing prominently over 2m3f here last month; unexposed over 3m and continues to slip down the weights but needs to turn a corner.

12/1

8th

7

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Always Busy

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

took keen hold, led, disputed lead 4 out

9/1

20/1

  • Place: £9.60

Form: 5-P0PP

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Out of sorts this season (pulled up on three of four appearances) but now 1lb lower than when suddenly returning to form to reward good market support at Wincanton (2m5f, good to soft) a year ago; worth a check in the betting.

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9th

3

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

Ithaka

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ryan Potter

Held up when a 2m5f hurdle winner (good to soft) last spring; poor form since then until taking a step back in the right direction at Taunton (3m, soft) latest; each-way player if he can back that up.

7/1

3rd

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Ithaka

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ryan Potter

Out of sorts this season (pulled up on three of four appearances) but now 1lb lower than when suddenly returning to form to reward good market support at Wincanton (2m5f, good to soft) a year ago; worth a check in the betting.

20/1

7

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

15:25 Southwell

Ithaka

11st 6lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Ryan Potter

Standout effort when a well-backed winner at Wincanton (2m5f, good to soft) last March off 2lb lower; that was the furthest he'd been until pulled up trying 3m1f at Hereford latest; after four poor shows in succession (with tongue tied on last two) he now tries a hood.

10/1

Form: 7-284P

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

0-8 over hurdles but the form of his C&D fourth (good ground) in November has been very well advertised by the front pair since; pulled up with respiratory issue in January but had wind surgery soon afterwards and has tongue-tie fitted today; could have a say if he handles today's ground.

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6th

6

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:38 Wincanton

Robinsville

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

0-10; had wind surgery after pulling up here in January and shaped better behind the prolific Lady Balko last time at Taunton (3m, soft); dropping in distance shouldn't be any hardship and he can go well.

13/2

4th

13

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Robinsville

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

0-8 over hurdles but the form of his C&D fourth (good ground) in November has been very well advertised by the front pair since; pulled up with respiratory issue in January but had wind surgery soon afterwards and has tongue-tie fitted today; could have a say if he handles today's ground.

10/1

Form: 0047-P

Last run: 109 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in 1m7f Wincanton maiden on only outing this season (in November; had wind op soon afterwards) but positives can be drawn from her two runs last spring (2m4f/2m3f) and she remains very unexposed; upped in trip and fitted with tongue-tie for handicap debut; no surprise if she features.

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5th

12

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Mollie Brown

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Pulled up in 1m7f Wincanton maiden on only outing this season (in November; had wind op soon afterwards) but positives can be drawn from her two runs last spring (2m4f/2m3f) and she remains very unexposed; upped in trip and fitted with tongue-tie for handicap debut; no surprise if she features.

8/1

0

8

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:05 Wincanton

Mollie Brown

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Out of a half-sister to the yard's good chaser Sam Brown; hasn't shown a great deal so far and was well behind Goodtimecrew in a bumper here.

100/1

Form: 6-P591

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Showed only minor promise in her qualifying races but improved to cause 25-1 surprise on last month's handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft); may not be ideally suited by the forecast slower ground here but is open to further progress over 3m.

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8th

10

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

The Midwife

11st 6lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Grace Harris

Sprang a 25-1 surprise at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) in February, when 5lb lower but the handicapper appears to have had her measure since.

25/1

6

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:30 Market Rasen

The Midwife

11st 7lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Grace Harris

Improved to make winning handicap debut over C&D (good to soft) in February; not in same form at Taunton last month but may have found 3m on soft ground too taxing there; no surprise if she bounces back here.

8/1

6th

9

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

The Midwife

11st 7lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Grace Harris

Showed only minor promise in her qualifying races but improved to cause 25-1 surprise on last month's handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft); may not be ideally suited by the forecast slower ground here but is open to further progress over 3m.

9/2

Form: 858

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Beaten over 30l and unable to land a telling blow in three maiden/novice hurdles this season (1m7f-2m3f); needs the longer trip to unlock significant improvement on today's handicap debut; stable runs two.

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11th

13

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

Captain Marco

11st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

Hasn't yet managed to get competitive in four attempts and probably needs a favour from the handicapper before doing so.

50/1

7th

10

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Captain Marco

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

Beaten over 30l and unable to land a telling blow in three maiden/novice hurdles this season (1m7f-2m3f); needs the longer trip to unlock significant improvement on today's handicap debut; stable runs two.

20/1

8th

5

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

13:50 Taunton

Captain Marco

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

didn't always jump with fluency, always behind

100/1

12/1

Form: 736756 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Five-time hurdle winner, most recently off 5lb higher mark in this race a year ago (good to soft); not firing on all cylinders this season, though, and often hits a flat spot in his races nowadays; others preferred.

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9th

11

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

13:40 Stratford

Karakoram

10st 9lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

Five-time hurdle winner over trips ranging from 2m to 3m; has slipped to a tempting mark but needs to better his recent efforts and has developed a tendency to hit a flat spot in his races.

33/1

8th

14

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Karakoram

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Grace Harris

Five-time hurdle winner, most recently off 5lb higher mark in this race a year ago (good to soft); not firing on all cylinders this season, though, and often hits a flat spot in his races nowadays; others preferred.

12/1

6th

14

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Karakoram

10st 3lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Grace Harris

Five-time hurdle winner, most recently off 4lb higher at Taunton (3m, good to soft) last March; won't mind what the weather does here but has not been firing on all cylinders this season.

14/1

Form: P65

Last run: 72 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 6yo who shaped with significant promise before fading into fifth on run-in here (2m3f, good to soft) in December; upped in trip for this handicap debut and useful 7lb claimer Cameron Iles booked; shortlisted.

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6th

5

14th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

16:25 Plumpton

Outside Adesa

11st 10lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

midfield

11/4

4th

13

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

15:55 Ascot

Outside Adesa

11st 1lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

Shaped with significant promise before fading into fifth in Taunton novice (2m3f, good to soft) in December but was safely held when upped to 3m for recent handicap debut there; needs to step up.

20/1

9th

4

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Outside Adesa

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Mitchell Hunt

Unexposed 6yo who shaped with significant promise before fading into fifth on run-in here (2m3f, good to soft) in December; upped in trip for this handicap debut and useful 7lb claimer Cameron Iles booked; shortlisted.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: /44-41 D

Last run: 262 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won modest Market Rasen novice (2m7f, good) for Olly Murphy last June but was sold for £1,500 in September and needs a bigger performance on this stable/handicap debut; unraced on ground slower than good to soft.

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2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

San Fermin

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Joe Ponting

Won modest Market Rasen novice (2m7f, good) for Olly Murphy last June but was sold for £1,500 in September and needs a bigger performance on this stable/handicap debut; unraced on ground slower than good to soft.

16/1

1st

5

23rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

14:45 Market Rasen

San Fermin

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Won course bumper in June 2021 and was placed in two subsequent maiden hurdles that year (2m/2m5f); missed 2022 and hasn't really fired on any of three appearances this year, but wasn't beaten far when last of four finishers at Warwick (2m3f, good; first-time tongue-tie) last month; upped in trip today.

9/4

Form: 520P6-

Last run: 325 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

0-7 over hurdles and absent since respectable sixth of 18 at Exeter (2m7f, good) last April; resumes on a workable mark but would appeal more on better ground.

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7th

8

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

15:00 Exeter

Getupearly

11st 3lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

0-8 over hurdles; ended last season with respectable sixth of 18 over C&D (good) and was unlucky to be brought down in early stages of last month's belated reappearance run but would appeal more on better ground.

20/1

6

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Getupearly

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

0-7 over hurdles and absent since respectable sixth of 18 at Exeter (2m7f, good) last April; resumes on a workable mark but would appeal more on better ground.

14/1

6th

4

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:35 Exeter

Getupearly

11st 11lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Irish point winner; made an encouraging handicap debut when second at Hereford (3m1f, good) in early February but has disappointed twice since; a player on the Hereford form but it's hard to be confident.

10/1

Form: 4P5/7-

Last run: 522 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Showed some promise in novice company in 2021-22 season but was safely held in his first three handicaps (2m3f-2m7f) and makes very limited appeal on this first appearance since October 2022.

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3rd

5

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Hooky Street

11st 6lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

Placed in a soft ground bumper; showed some ability over hurdles without going close to winning; weakened out of it on his recent chase debut at Hereford (2m, soft); blinkers go on.

6/1

5th

4

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

14:30 Hereford

Hooky Street

11st 4lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

Hasn't built on some early promise and never really threatened in his handicaps over hurdles (2m3f-3m); lengthy breaks are a feature in his profile and he looks best watched on chase debut with cheekpieces added.

25/1

7

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Hooky Street

11st 7lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

Showed some promise in novice company in 2021-22 season but was safely held in his first three handicaps (2m3f-2m7f) and makes very limited appeal on this first appearance since October 2022.

40/1

Form: 7/UP-P

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Left Jonjo O'Neill after failing to complete two chases in summer 2022 and, following a long absence, was pulled up (albeit on heavy ground) when reverted to hurdles for new stable last month; has too much to prove.

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8

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Known

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Claire Dyson

Left Jonjo O'Neill after failing to complete two chases in summer 2022 and, following a long absence, was pulled up (albeit on heavy ground) when reverted to hurdles for new stable last month; has too much to prove.

66/1

8

17th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:42 Wincanton

Known

11st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Claire Dyson

0-12 over hurdles/fences; had wind surgery in May 2021 and has accomplished little since; absent since July 2022 and has left Jonjo O'Neill, with further wind surgery in November last year; stacks to prove, including stamina.

40/1

Form: 14-P4P

Last run: 89 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner (2m4f/2m3f) when fitted with visor in early part of last year but yet to get going this season (pulled up on two of three appearances); tries a new trip today; revival needed.

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6th

5

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ffos Las

Bert Wilson

11st 1lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Nigel Hawke

A dual hurdles winner (around 2m4f) last season but he's failed to fire this term, ridden in midfield when falling three out in 3m Taunton handicap last time; others appeal more.

6/1

11

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Bert Wilson

11st 6lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Dual hurdle winner (2m4f/2m3f) when fitted with visor in early part of last year but yet to get going this season (pulled up on two of three appearances); tries a new trip today; revival needed.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £107.00
Straight Forecast £113.00
Tricast £3657.10
Trifecta £3933.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Lady Balko

RP RATINGS:

The Midwife

TOPSPEED:

Getupearly

WEST COUNTRY:

Lady Balko

Telegraph:

Lady Balko

Daily Mail:

Lady Balko

D Express:

Lady Balko

Daily Mirror:

Lady Balko

The Sun:

Lady Balko

POSTDATA:

The Midwife

The Times:

The Midwife

The Guardian:

The Midwife

Daily Record:

The Midwife

The Star:

Getupearly