December 30 / 15.20 Taunton

15.20

Good To Soft

Join The Taunton Racecourse Business Club Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5624.26
  • 3m 2f 57y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Join The Taunton Racecourse Business Club Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.20
  • Place: £1.60

Form: U237-1

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Point winner; had wind surgery before last run and fitted in a first-time tongue-tie, all of which seemingly helped in making a successful debut over fences at Hereford (3m1f, good); did drop to last before rallying in a race that fell to bits, so the form looks a bit dodgy; only up 4lb though and open to further improvement.
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Verdict Starting price

5th

10

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:50 Plumpton

Pedley Wood

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won his first two over fences (3m1f, good; 3m2f, good to soft) and just as good in defeat the last twice, perhaps bumping into an improver (unraced since) at Wincanton last time (soft); highly likely to give his running and be involved.

13/2

5th

10

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:50 Plumpton

Pedley Wood

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won his first two over fences (3m1f, good; 3m2f, good to soft) and just as good in defeat the last twice, perhaps bumping into an improver (unraced since) at Wincanton last time (soft); highly likely to give his running and be involved.

13/2

2nd

7

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Pedley Wood

10st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Point winner who has form figures of 112 since switched to chasing; ran well at Kempton (3m, soft) most recently; edging up the weights but Freddie Gingell takes off a useful 5lb; still open to further progress and commands respect.

9/4

14/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: 4P-227

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Bang there in 3m2f/3m handicap chases back in May and he was a big market drifter when quiet on last week's return over hurdles (2m5f); there's good reason to expect more from him here.
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5

24th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 57y

Class 4

17:50 Taunton

Unblinking

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Robert Bevis

Went close over C&D in December (good to soft) despite stumbling just after the last fence; soft ground was an issue when pulled up at Exeter; possibilities.

12/1

5

24th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 57y

Class 4

17:50 Taunton

Unblinking

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Robert Bevis

Went close over C&D in December (good to soft) despite stumbling just after the last fence; soft ground was an issue when pulled up at Exeter; possibilities.

12/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 525-23

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Lost on the nod at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) two runs back before finishing a remote third at Exeter; hard knowing what to expect from this 12-race maiden but capable of a bold show.
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2nd

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

16:18 Chepstow

Williamdeconqueror

10st 10lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

0-7 over fences and 0-13 overall but lost out only by a short head to Dysania at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) in November, and his third at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft) in late December was also a good effort; fine on heavy ground; features prominently in calculations.

4/1

Form: /0-5P3

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict
Below his best on his three starts this season and his strike-rate is a modest 2-34; wouldn't be the percentage call from 3lb out of the weights.
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9th

12

30th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

18:10 Warwick

Enforcement

10st 2lb

J: Miss Louise Chance

T: Martin Keighley

Fair third in a Market Rasen handicap chase in December; has not fared as well since (latest run on Flat on the AW); has stiff task from 17lb out of the handicap.

50/1

8th

10

(1)

1st May 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

13:50 Wolverhampton (AW)

Enforcement

10st 2lb

J: Miss Louise Chance

T: Martin Keighley

in touch with leaders

20/1

8th

10

(1)

1st May 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

13:50 Wolverhampton (AW)

Enforcement

10st 2lb

J: Miss Louise Chance

T: Martin Keighley

in touch with leaders

20/1

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13/2

Form: 24P262

Last run: 44 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Not the easiest to predict (to put it mildly) but had one of his good days when runner-up over 2m7f here last month (under Gearoid Harney); whether he'll repeat it is another matter and stamina for this far isn't entirely copperbottomed.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Dindin

12st 0lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Not the easiest to predict (to put it mildly) but had one of his good days when runner-up over 2m7f here last month (under Gearoid Harney); whether he'll repeat it is another matter and stamina for this far isn't entirely copperbottomed.

13/2

Form: 266-67

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Strike-rate of 1-15 over fences and hasn't been in much form for a while, with his reappearance particularly disappointing; potentially well handicapped but with a point to prove right now.
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6th

3

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:40 Wincanton

Paseo

11st 1lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

2m3f hurdle and 3m chase winner on slow ground; hasn't given us much to recommend him on since last winning at Ludlow 16 months ago.

10/1

0

8

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:58 Hereford

Paseo

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Used to act on soft; 1-11 over hurdles and 1-16 over fences; second off 10lb higher at Wincanton (3m1f) one year ago but disappointing since.

10/1

6th

7

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Paseo

11st 3lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Strike-rate of 1-15 over fences and hasn't been in much form for a while, with his reappearance particularly disappointing; potentially well handicapped but with a point to prove right now.

5/1

Form: 4-4733 BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Four-time point winner; has yet to win under rules but this new headgear combination did him no harm when only a length away at Southwell (rallied; 3m2f, good to soft) 13 days ago; unlikely to be far away.
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5th

6

1st Jun 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:55 Hexham

Concrete King

10st 9lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Has won four points, but 0-20 under rules (12 over fences); best recent run when second over 2m3f at Fontwell in March (heavy); quite interesting with visor replacing cheekpieces on stable debut.

11/1

7th

8

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:30 Fontwell

Concrete King

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

Has very mixed record this season but ran well and looked the likely winner for a long way before weakening into third over C&D (heavy; just behind Mister Murchan) last month; 2lb lower today; can't rule out.

6/1

7th

8

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:30 Fontwell

Concrete King

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

Has very mixed record this season but ran well and looked the likely winner for a long way before weakening into third over C&D (heavy; just behind Mister Murchan) last month; 2lb lower today; can't rule out.

6/1

Form: 543237

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Placed a few times over hurdles but from off the pace he made no impact whatsoever on his switch to fences in a 2m7f handicap at Lingfield; should be capable of better.
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0

2

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Sforza Castle

12st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Placed a few times over hurdles but from off the pace he made no impact whatsoever on his switch to fences in a 2m7f handicap at Lingfield; should be capable of better.

11/1

7th

4

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

Sforza Castle

11st 13lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Lightly raced 5yo who reached the frame several times over hurdles including when second at Worcester (2m7f, good) on his penultimate run in August; should have a future over fences and he needs a close look on his handicap/chase debut.

5/1

3rd

5

3rd Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:55 Worcester

Sforza Castle

11st 4lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

disputed lead, led 4th, joined 8th, headed after 4 out, weakened from 3 out

5/2

Form: 0P-5P6 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Defied a 17lb higher mark nearly two years ago but has shown precious little in the meantime.
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0

4

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Putdecashonthedash

11st 9lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Keiran Burke

Defied a 17lb higher mark nearly two years ago but has shown precious little in the meantime.

16/1

6th

8

12th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Putdecashonthedash

10st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Keiran Burke

Has dropped to a mark 12lb lower than when winning at Plumpton in January 2022 but this 10yo has struggled subsequently.

50/1

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Payout
Exacta £65.10
Straight Forecast £53.42
Tricast £353.08
Trifecta £326.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Dindin

WEST COUNTRY:

Pedley Wood

SPOTLIGHT:

Concrete King

The Star:

Putdecashonthedash

RP RATINGS:

Paseo

The Times:

Pedley Wood

Daily Record:

Pedley Wood

Daily Mail:

Concrete King

D Express:

Concrete King

Telegraph:

Dindin

The Guardian:

Dindin

Daily Mirror:

Dindin

The Sun:

Dindin