Racing tip of the day
Ian Ogg heads to Taunton for our racing tip of the day where several runners on the card catch the eye.
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Roberto Pegasus, King's Warrior & Taradrewe each-way trixie - Taunton
I had a job making my mind up today, so I didn't.
I was a little disappointed with the price of both Roberto Pegasus and Taradrewe but I suppose I was just being optimistic with both horses hailing from yards that are bang in-form after suffering a spell in the doldrums.
Roberto Pegasus was also really well backed on his most recent start having caught the eye in the Cheltenham handicap won by Quick Jack at the start of the season that worked out so well.
That run at Huntingdon came when Alan King's stable was really struggling and a line should be put through it but it's interesting to note that the form didn't work out too badly nonetheless. The runner-up, Keltus, was fourth in the Fred Winter, the winner ran respectably in a Grade Two last time (going up 6lbs for that run) while the 10th, and last home, won at the weekend and there have been fair efforts in defeat from one or two others.
The price is disappointing in this novice hurdle as he meets Massena on 13lbs worse terms than in a handicap and he's also worse off with Hint Of Mint but the better ground should suit and he's given the chance to confirm that early season promise.
Connections of Taradrewe are still waiting for her to fulfil the promise of her days in bumpers but Anthony Honeyball is enjoying an excellent spell and she, too, holds a prominent position in the market.
The seven-year-old has only shown one piece of form over hurdles but she'll relish the return to racing on a decent surface and is a potential improver on this step up to three miles.
She could be nicely treated if - admittedly that's a fairly big if - she can finally transfer her NHF form to hurdles and it would be no surprise to see a big run in this 16-runner staying handicap hurdle which is a competitive race for the grade.
King's Warrior also seems to be priced up on potential in the two mile handicap hurdle but it will be disappointing if he can't prove better than a 107 rated horse over obstacles.
Indeed, his highest rating on the Flat was just 6lbs shy of that so he certainly has the ability to rate a good deal higher and, after struggling in heavy ground in the winter, he may now be able to build on his early performances on this switch to handicap company.
He will need to improve to get the better of Watt Broderick who was hard held when winning at Stratford on Saturday but that's worth chancing in a race that lacks any real depth and the former John Smith's Cup winner should be able to give him something to think about.