Wincanton green light

  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 15:24 GMT

This afternoon's meeting at Wincanton goes ahead as planned after the track passed a 7.30am inspection

Wincanton: Card passed inspection
Wincanton: Card passed inspection


Clerk of the course Barry Johnson reports the track to be heavy but raceable ahead of their all-hurdles card.

He said: "We had six millimetres of rain overnight but we've been dry since 2am. There's a

very strong wind that has dried it out a treat.

"There's one patch of standing water which they will splash through, so we are raceable and we're going to go for it."

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Tagrita continued her good progress for the Paul Nicholls stable in the Country Gentlemen's Association Jane Seymour Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

Yet another promising jumper for the Axom Syndicate, along with the likes of stablemate Irving, Tagrita had really impressed with her slick jumping at the course a fortnight ago and did not put a foot wrong here.

Darly Jacob had to overcome a particularly stubborn opponent in Cannon Fodder but the 11-4 favourite was on top after the last to claim Listed honours by four and a half lengths.

"We haven't had many mares but we bought a few last year and she's an improving one," said Nicholls.

"She won her only point in Ireland and she'll be good in mares' conditions hurdles next year.

"I'd imagine she'd go to the mares' final at Newbury now."

Nicholls and Jacob were quickly at the double in the Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Handicap Hurdle.

Minellahalfcentury had made a winning debut for the yard at this course a year ago but had not progressed in a couple of starts earlier in the season.

The 9-4 favourite was responsive for pressure, leading almost all the way to score by two lengths.

"I suppose he could go on for the final of this series (Haydock, April 19)," said Nicholls.

"He'll be a nice novice chaser next season."

It was Nicholls yet again in the Bathwick Tyres Bridgwater Handicap Hurdle, which went the way of Aldopicgros (5-1).

The four-year-old gelding had not looked a world-beater in four previous starts for the stable but just thwarted a lunging Andrew Thornton and Headly's Bridge by a head.

Nicholls said: "I thought with his four-year-old allowance and Harry Derham's 5lb claim he could win a handicap."

Derham said: "That's my 40th winner, so I'm down to 3lb now."