Watson worth Watching! Top Flat Trainer Archie Has Rare Jumps Runner at Taunton – a Track He Is 1-1 At

Trainer Archie Watson has a rare Jumps runner on Tuesday's Taunton card.Trainer Archie Watson has a rare Jumps runner on Tuesday's Taunton card.

Archie Watson Heads to Taunton on Tuesday with Just the One Runner

Group 1 winning trainer Archie Watson is better known for his flat exploits, but the trainer also has a small team of Jumpers, with his runners under National Hunt rules being profitable to follow in recent seasons (+38.73 to level stakes). He heads to Taunton on Tuesday with a runner in their 2m3f handicap hurdle, and the track has proven a good one for the yard (1-1) their sole runner being 28/1 shot Premier D’troice, which dead-heated for first. Archie Watson sends just his second ever runner to Taunton on Tuesday, and we have assessed his runner’s chances.

Percy Prosecco (1.50, Free Racing 14th March Handicap Hurdle)

Archie Watson and The Real Quiz partnership team up on Taunton’s Tuesday card with PERCY PROSECCO, a 7yo gelding that has had 45 starts under rules to date, winning 5 of those.

The son of Sir Percy comes into Tuesday’s 2m3f Free Racing 14th March Handicap Hurdle on a 24-race losing run, but the vast majority of his starts during that period have come on the level.

Percy Prosecco has been limited to just the 9 hurdles outings to date, being last seen in this sphere finishing fourth at Ffos Las in November 2020.

He reverts to this sphere 7lb below that mark, and whilst seemingly versatile in regard to ground, he gained his sole hurdles victory on genuinely good going, so the forecast conditions aren’t expected to inconvenience.

Percy Prosecco wasn’t beaten far in a couple of middle-distance handicaps on the level last year, and although well held at Lingfield last month, that was his first start in 85 days and therefore he can be expected to come on for the run.

It seems interesting that connections switch to hurdles on the back of that, and even more so that cheekpieces go back on, with Percy Prosecco’s last seven runs coming in blinkers.

This doesn’t look an overly strong race, and if the switch to hurdling with cheekpieces reapplied manages to spark some improvement from Percy Prosecco he can be expected to go close off a mark that is well within his compass.