Tarabela strikes again at Wincanton
A review of the remainder of the action at Wincanton, where local trainer Paul Nicholls proved the man to follow.
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Tarabela showed tremendous courage through the Wincanton mud to register her second success of the week in the Bathwick Tyres Salisbury Handicap Hurdle.
Johnny Farrelly's 11-year-old struck at Exeter last Sunday but was required to carry 12st 4lb here, minus the 7lb claim of amateur rider Rob Hawker.
The Wealerdealer swept into the lead turning into the straight and looked like he was going to emerge an easy winner but suddenly tied up and allowed Tarabela (5/1) to shade 3/1 favourite Sweet Boy Vic by a nose.
"She's game, and I'm delighted for Rob as he rides out every day and that's his first winner for me," said Farrelly.
"She's in a conditional jockeys' chase at Ludlow on Wednesday and hopefully she can win there, too, if she's okay."
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."
Scholfield later helped David Pipe's Knight Of Noir (3/1) take the Bathwick Tyres EBF Stallions 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle rather cosily.
Saint Breiz later caused a 66-1 shock by taking the concluding Bathwick Tyres Salisbury Novices' Hurdle for trainer Carroll Gray and jockey Jon Park.
The victory was a much-needed tonic for the winning trainer, whose stables on the Somerset levels have been under water for several weeks as a result of the recent floods in the area.