November 24 / 14.20 Taunton

14.20 Taunton

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Visit racingtv.com Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5990.6
  • 2m 7f 3y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Visit racingtv.com Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 6343-4

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Hasn't progressed as might have been anticipated after a 2m4f novice hurdle win last autumn but he didn't make too bad a start to his chase career after seven months off when fourth at Bangor (3m, good to soft) 30 days ago; entitled to come on for the run; has first-time cheekpieces added to his tongue-tie.
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1st

8

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Kayf Hernando

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Hasn't progressed as might have been anticipated after a 2m4f novice hurdle win last autumn but he didn't make too bad a start to his chase career after seven months off when fourth at Bangor (3m, good to soft) 30 days ago; entitled to come on for the run; has first-time cheekpieces added to his tongue-tie.

8/1

4th

4

25th Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 4

14:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Kayf Hernando

12st 0lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, pushed along and pressed leaders when bumped and hampered 2 out, weakened approaching last

4/1

6

19th Oct 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Worcester

Kayf Hernando

11st 4lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Failed to build on the form of his debut hurdles win at Carlisle (2m4f) last season and he underwent a breathing op prior to finishing a below-par third of four in 2m6f Newcastle handicap in March; yard are going well though so it would come as no surprise to see him take a step forward on his debut over fences.

13/2

9/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 134-13 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
This point winner has taken well to fences, winning at Kempton and third at Exeter (every chance when mistake last) in recent weeks (both 3m, good); another 3lb higher now but he ought to remain competitive.
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2nd

3

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Minella Buster

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

This point winner has taken well to fences, winning at Kempton and third at Exeter (every chance when mistake last) in recent weeks (both 3m, good); another 3lb higher now but he ought to remain competitive.

9/2

3rd

10

4th Nov 2022

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Exeter

Minella Buster

11st 1lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Up and down last season over hurdles (won a maiden) but this winning pointer (on soft) looked a very different proposition on his chase debut when landing a five-runner 3m Kempton handicap (good) with lots in hand; quite likely that he's still ahead of his mark despite a 9lb rise; major player.

3/1

7/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 221111 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
French bumper winner (good to soft) who has left his hurdle form behind since going chasing, making it 4-4 over fences when cruising home in a match race at Newbury (2m6f, good to firm) three weeks ago; this a much deeper contest but he's only been nudged up another 2lb and there could easily be plenty more to come.
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3rd

2

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Huelgoat

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

French bumper winner (good to soft) who has left his hurdle form behind since going chasing, making it 4-4 over fences when cruising home in a match race at Newbury (2m6f, good to firm) three weeks ago; this a much deeper contest but he's only been nudged up another 2lb and there could easily be plenty more to come.

7/4

1st

5

3rd Nov 2022

Good

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

14:55 Newbury

Huelgoat

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

travelled strongly, tracked leader, not fluent 3rd, pressed leader 7th, led before 5 out, 4 lengths ahead 3 out, good jump 2 out, canter

13/8

1st

5

19th Oct 2022

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 4

15:25 Fontwell

Huelgoat

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, jumped well, made all, increased tempo before 11th, clear when mistake last, canter

8/11

Form: 1145-7 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Progressive when completing a hat-trick over hurdles to end 2021, the third success coming over 3m here on good to soft; comfortably held since, though, including on Kempton reappearance 17 days ago; also well beaten on previous attempt over fences nearly two years ago; others certainly arrive with more pressing claims.
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4th

1

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Tip Top Cat

12st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Progressive when completing a hat-trick over hurdles to end 2021, the third success coming over 3m here on good to soft; comfortably held since, though, including on Kempton reappearance 17 days ago; also well beaten on previous attempt over fences nearly two years ago; others certainly arrive with more pressing claims.

16/1

7th

7

7th Nov 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:05 Kempton

Tip Top Cat

10st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear, pushed along and outpaced 4 out, mistake and ridden 3 out, made no impression

14/1

6

6th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

13:50 Sandown

Tip Top Cat

11st 8lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won three in a row at end of last year (2m5f-3m, good to soft) and he showed promise on testing ground earlier in his career; unplaced on final two runs last term but it will be no surprise if this lightly raced 7yo rediscovers his progressive ways after a break; yard won this in 2019 and 2020.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 125P-2

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Made a good start to last season with a win (2m5f, heavy) and second in handicap hurdles, and made a solid start to the current campaign when second on his 2m3f Ffos Las chase debut a month ago; may do better with that experience behind him and the step up in trip should help if anything; cheekpieces on first time; in the mix.
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5th

6

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Investment Manager

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Made a good start to last season with a win (2m5f, heavy) and second in handicap hurdles, and made a solid start to the current campaign when second on his 2m3f Ffos Las chase debut a month ago; may do better with that experience behind him and the step up in trip should help if anything; cheekpieces on first time; in the mix.

5/1

2nd

5

23rd Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

14:18 Ffos Las

Investment Manager

11st 11lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, jumped left and mistake 4th, pushed along after 11th, not fluent 12th, lost ground before 3 out, left in third 2 out, no chance with winner but went second approaching last

5/1

Form: 13P-05

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Made a winning handicap hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) a year ago; well beaten in France in August but made a respectable British return when fifth in a 3m Ffos Las handicap hurdle 18 days ago; certainly bred to make a chaser and the stable's good form provides hope.
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6th

7

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Helios Allen

11st 4lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Made a winning handicap hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) a year ago; well beaten in France in August but made a respectable British return when fifth in a 3m Ffos Las handicap hurdle 18 days ago; certainly bred to make a chaser and the stable's good form provides hope.

12/1

5th

4

6th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:20 Ffos Las

Helios Allen

11st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

held up in last but in touch with leaders, went fourth 7th, ridden after 3 out, held from 2 out, no extra when lost fourth towards finish

6/1

Form: 32/04-

Last run: 355 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
In the frame all three starts in Irish points, notably second to now useful chaser Castle Robin; fair form in four outings over hurdles, including fourth on 3m Aintree handicap debut just under a year ago; brings potential to this chase debut but the length of his absence means that a watching brief has to be the percentage call.
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7th

4

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Enemenemynemo

11st 10lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

In the frame all three starts in Irish points, notably second to now useful chaser Castle Robin; fair form in four outings over hurdles, including fourth on 3m Aintree handicap debut just under a year ago; brings potential to this chase debut but the length of his absence means that a watching brief has to be the percentage call.

12/1

4

19th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

12:55 Ascot

Enemenemynemo

10st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: D J Jeffreys

Largely consistent maiden in points and over hurdles, most recently fourth at Aintree (3m) last December; a possible improver now chasing but appears to have a stiff task from 16lb out of the handicap.

25/1

3

5th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

15:53 Kelso

Enemenemynemo

11st 13lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Form: F53-P1

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Picked up by new connections for £5,200 in May and got most of it back with when landing a 3m2f Newton Abbot handicap chase (good) last month; it was only a four-runner race but the second filled the same position in a stronger contest at Uttoxeter since.
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8th

5

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Potters Venture

11st 4lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

Picked up by new connections for £5,200 in May and got most of it back with when landing a 3m2f Newton Abbot handicap chase (good) last month; it was only a four-runner race but the second filled the same position in a stronger contest at Uttoxeter since.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £27.70
Straight Forecast £31.50
Tricast £86.88
Trifecta £96.50

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Huelgoat

POSTDATA:

Minella Buster

TOPSPEED:

Investment Manager

The Times:

Potters Venture

RP Ratings:

Huelgoat

WEST COUNTRY:

Huelgoat

Telegraph:

Huelgoat

D Express:

Huelgoat

Daily Mirror:

Huelgoat

The Sun:

Huelgoat

The Star:

Huelgoat

Daily Record:

Huelgoat

Daily Mail:

Minella Buster

The Guardian:

Investment Manager