November 30 / 15.45 Taunton

15.45

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Festive Fixture 14th December Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

  • Prize money: £4673.68
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Festive Fixture 14th December Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 275-54

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
First past the post off 1lb higher at Wincanton (2m5f, good; demoted to second) in March; remains a maiden but his comeback at Hereford was a good effort over a trip of 2m that's short of his best.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

3

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

15:35 Doncaster

Noble Savage

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

All out to win at Taunton (2m3f, good) two months ago, opening his account at the 19th attempt; back up 6lb and back down in trip, he doesn't look an obvious type to follow up.

6/1

1st

4

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Noble Savage

11st 6lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

First past the post off 1lb higher at Wincanton (2m5f, good; demoted to second) in March; remains a maiden but his comeback at Hereford was a good effort over a trip of 2m that's short of his best.

3/1

4th

7

24th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Noble Savage

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

0-14 over hurdles, albeit he was first past the post off today's mark at Wincanton (2m5f, good; demoted to second) in March; not seen since a heavy defeat over 2m in May; others preferred.

12/1

12/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: 672-U6

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Good second in a Ffos Las maiden in March (2m4f, good); 20-1 and weakened into a remote sixth on his switch to handicaps at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft); needed to show more that day.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

4

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Lelant

12st 0lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

towards rear, outpaced when not fluent 3 out

14/1

5th

1

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:58 Hereford

Lelant

12st 0lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Lightly raced; had Ede'Iffs Rock 3l at bay when going close in a 2m3f handicap at Taunton (5lb lower); early indications are that good ground might be ideal but needs respecting.

7/1

9/4

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 39-222

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Gave the smart Queens Gamble a fright in a Warwick maiden in May and was beaten by another respected rival next time; looked on a fair mark for her handicap debut at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) and duly ran a solid race to be a clear second; up in trip but there's plenty of stamina in her pedigree; raised 4lb.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

7

17th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:42 Wincanton

EdeIffs Rock

11st 6lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Bill Turner

Ninth race when off the mark in 13-runner handicap at Leicester (2m4f, heavy) last month, coming from off the pace to join issue at what should have been three out and hold on by a neck; 3lb higher today; this trip asks a new question but her reliability earns plenty of respect.

5/1

1st

2

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

13:00 Leicester

EdeIffs Rock

11st 13lb

J: Mr Shaun Greene

T: Bill Turner

took keen hold, held up in rear

8/1

3rd

6

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:58 Hereford

EdeIffs Rock

11st 6lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Bill Turner

Consistent since sent over hurdles and beaten under 4l in all three handicaps (2m-2m4f; good/soft); handicap mark hasn't really gone anywhere so should be involved once more.

13/2

Form: 24P-87 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Beaten knocking on 20l in 2m/2m1f handicaps this season; clearly needs to find something on those efforts but this three-time winner is on a handy mark.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Sawpit Sienna

10st 13lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

9/2

Form: F01F-0

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
It was an uncompetitive good-ground novice he won at Exeter in February; under pressure when falling on the home turn there next time (handicap debut) and tailed off on his reappearance at the same track; hard to warm to.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

14th

15

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Prince Rhinegold

10st 3lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Linda Blackford

slowly into stride, midfield, towards rear when mistake 3 out

20/1

5th

8

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Prince Rhinegold

10st 10lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Linda Blackford

It was an uncompetitive good-ground novice he won at Exeter in February; under pressure when falling on the home turn there next time (handicap debut) and tailed off on his reappearance at the same track; hard to warm to.

25/1

Form: 60-873 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Back to the same mark for his 3m win here in March (good to soft) and latest third at Exeter (2m7f), for all that he was some 15l away, was a step back in the right direction; effective at this shorter distance.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

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

5th

8

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:30 Ffos Las

Karakoram

10st 3lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Grace Harris

towards rear

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: -9857P D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
A four-time winner over hurdles but his form has taken a turn for the worse since back-to-back wins earlier this year.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

2

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Caspers Court

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Kayley Woollacott

A four-time winner over hurdles but his form has taken a turn for the worse since back-to-back wins earlier this year.

12/1

0

4

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

12:40 Exeter

Caspers Court

11st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Kayley Woollacott

Form has suffered a marked dip since winning consecutive 2m5f hurdles (both on good) in February/March; others safer.

10/1

7th

9

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:35 Wincanton

Caspers Court

11st 5lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

prominent, slow jump 2nd

16/1

Form: 3095-7

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Promising third in a bumper last November but hasn't progressed at all over hurdles and finished tailed off on his handicap debut when a 25-1 chance.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

16

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Whynotnowroy

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Keiran Burke

held up in rear

25/1

8th

10

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Whynotnowroy

10st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Keiran Burke

Promising third in a bumper last November but hasn't progressed at all over hurdles and finished tailed off on his handicap debut when a 25-1 chance.

25/1

7th

16

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:55 Stratford

Whynotnowroy

10st 11lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Keiran Burke

Third in a bumper last November but he was tailed off at big prices in three hurdle runs after that; now goes handicapping off a lowly mark but he needs to show a lot more back from 208 days off.

25/1

Form: 88P7-P

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Still early days but he didn't show much at all when 50-1 for his handicap debut (2m2f, soft).
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

9

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Mister Upton

10st 9lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Still early days but he didn't show much at all when 50-1 for his handicap debut (2m2f, soft).

40/1

0

9

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:55 Stratford

Mister Upton

11st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Not much to show for one bumper run and three over hurdles; still early days and now goes handicapping but he needs major improvement.

25/1

Form: 3052P4

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Second to an improver at Bangor in August (2m3f, good); dropped out tamely when favourite next time and did something similar at Fakenham 17 days ago (2m4f); now has questions to answer.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:55 Southwell

Sinurita

10st 8lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

Second at Bangor (2m3f, good) last August but only one echo of that in her three starts since; unraced under rules beyond an extended 2m5f.

16/1

10th

6

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Sinurita

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Second to an improver at Bangor in August (2m3f, good); dropped out tamely when favourite next time and did something similar at Fakenham 17 days ago (2m4f); now has questions to answer.

11/2

4th

6

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

14:40 Fakenham

Sinurita

11st 2lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Neil Mulholland

Had few chances and put up an improved show when second of ten to an improver at Bangor in August (2m3f, good); weakened quickly and pulled up next time, though (favourite), so has some questions to answer.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £59.80
Straight Forecast £49.72
Tricast £249.36
Trifecta £403.30

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Ede'Iffs Rock

SPOTLIGHT:

Noble Savage

RP RATINGS:

Sawpit Sienna

Telegraph:

Karakoram

The Guardian:

Ede'Iffs Rock

Daily Mail:

Ede'Iffs Rock

D Express:

Ede'Iffs Rock

Daily Mirror:

Ede'Iffs Rock

The Sun:

Ede'Iffs Rock

Daily Record:

Ede'Iffs Rock

POSTDATA:

Noble Savage

The Star:

Noble Savage

The Times:

Sawpit Sienna