Happy New Year Maiden Hurdle 2m 3f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 3f 110y, Class 5, 8 runners)
  • Winner £2,738 2nd £798 3rd £399
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 22.70s
  • Off time: 13:10:14
Full result
Result 13:10 Taunton
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 9 Sound Investment 5/6f
2nd 3 Bladoun 12 9/2
3rd 2 Best Boy Barney 2/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
2 1-73
Emerald Green, Light Blue cross belts, striped sleeves Best Boy Barney (IRE) 9
  • T:J Scott
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 1-73
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6t
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 160 11-6 t J Scott Nick Scholfield 2/1
3 322-F43
RED, YELLOW sash, striped sleeves and star on cap Bladoun (FR) 23
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 322-F43
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 160 11-6 D Pipe T Scudamore 9/2
4
Grey, pink chevrons on sleeves, grey cap, pink star Broken Eagle (USA) 466
  • T:S Durack
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form:
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6t
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 160 11-6 t S Durack C O'Farrell 33/1
5 2F-P
Yellow, royal blue star, checked sleeves, royal blue cap Drumadoon (IRE) 21
  • T:L Corcoran
  • J:S Thomas
  • Form: 2F-P
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6p
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 160 11-6 p L Corcoran S Thomas 100/1
6 P/067
Pink and Maroon diabolo, Pink sleeves, Pink cap, Maroon star Long John 31
  • T:Miss J du Plessis
  • J:Christian Williams
  • Form: P/067
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 160 11-6 Miss J du Plessis Christian Williams 25/1
7 4P-0
Dark Green and White stripes, Dark Green sleeves, White armlets, White cap Louxor Des Mottes (FR) 70
  • T:F M O'Brien
  • J:A P Cawley
  • Form: 4P-0
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 160 11-6 F M O'Brien A P Cawley 25/1
8 06
Red, dark green hoop, dark green sleeves, red armlets, quartered cap Ordensritter (GER) 26
  • T:C J Down
  • J:J M Davies
  • Form: 06
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 160 11-6 C J Down J M Davies 50/1
9 F-73
Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Sound Investment (IRE) 38
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: F-73
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6t1
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 160 11-6 t1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 5/6f

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
1 90
Anton Dolin (IRE) 19
  • Nag Me
  • T:Dr R D P Newland
  • J:Christopher Ward
  • Form: 90
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 116 Dr R D P Newland Christopher Ward NR

In depth

Verdict

Bladoun looked certain to score on his hurdling debut at Chepstow but fell at the last and hasn't done as well in subsequent races. He may need another confidence booster but point-to-point winner Best Boy Barney ran really well when attempting to make all at Newbury last time, only succumbing late on and staying on quite strongly. He's likely to make this a stamina test, which should suit SOUND INVESTMENT. He's progressing slowly but surely and travelled well for most of the way behind Puffin Billy at Newbury in November, suggesting this longer trip would be in his favour, so he's handed the vote. The remainder have shown little and will need to improve.

Formwatch

Anton Dolin (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Always behind, struggling when mistake 4 out, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Poet (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.

Sound Investment (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway 3rd, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden and no impression on winner flat, soon lost 2nd, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Puffin Billy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.

Bladoun (FR) 11-10fav (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake 3 out, effort approaching next, soon outpaced, stayed on to go 3rd after last, 3rd of 7, 16l behind American Life (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.

Best Boy Barney (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and pressed from 3 out, kept on well until ridden and headed before last, kept on same pace and no impression on winner flat, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Chatterbox (11-0) at Newbury 2m hdl (4) hvy in Dec.

Long John 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 21l behind Billy Dutton (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.

Louxor Des Mottes (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division on outside, closed 6th, lost place 8th, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Hollow Penny (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.

Ordensritter (GER) 50-1 (10-12) Led to 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 11, well behind The Romford Pele (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.

Broken Eagle (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Raced keenly, led, headed over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 8th of 9, 21l behind Evergreen Forest (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep '11 (flat).

Drumadoon (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Always in rear, struggling 4 out, behind when pulled up next, in a race won by Accordingtopalm (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.