Castle Hotel In Taunton 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle 2m 1f
- (4yo+, 2m 1f, Class 4, 13 runners)
- Winner £4,106 2nd £1,197 3rd £599
- Going: Soft, Heavy in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 32.10s
- Off time: 14:10:30
|1st||14 Saphir Du Rheu||7/4f|
|2nd||6 God Of The Kop||11||2/1|
|7||166 11-12||P J Hobbs||R Johnson||9/2|
Boss In Boots (IRE) 17
|5||159 11-5||J W Mullins||A Thornton||40/1|
Comical Red 22
|5||159 11-5||Mark Gillard||T J Phelan||200/1|
Cool George 39
|5||159 11-5||Miss J du Plessis||Mr K Edgar (7)||16/1|
Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 89
|6||159 11-5||Mrs Caroline Keevil||James Best (3)||20/1|
God Of The Kop (IRE) 38
|6||159 11-5||Miss R Curtis||A P McCoy||120||2/1|
Military Precision (IRE) 21
|7||159 11-5||D Pipe||T Scudamore||33/1|
Mr Mistopheles (IRE) 59
|5||159 11-5||P J Hobbs||T J O'Brien||100/1|
Onedin Line 12
|5||159 11-5||Miss V Williams||Aidan Coleman||50/1|
Reyes Magos (IRE) 587
|7||159 11-5 t1||S Durack||C O'Farrell||12/1|
Standing Ovation (IRE) 25
|6||159 11-5||D Pipe||Tom Bellamy (7)||50/1|
Sylvan Legend 39
|5||159 11-5||Mrs Caroline Keevil||Ryan Mahon (3)||125/1|
Saphir Du Rheu (FR) 38
|4||147 10-7||P F Nicholls||R Walsh||7/4f|
||5||115||Jonjo O'Neill||D Elsworth||NR|
Winning bumper God Of The Kop may have made a successful start over timber at Worcester but for being impeded and falling two out and was also hampered at Newbury last time. He deserves a change of luck and could get it here though ORABORA may prove more than a match. Philip Hobbs' charge won a maiden hurdle at Chepstow, for which he is penalised, and was in touch going nicely when falling at the third last in a much better race at Exeter. He can give weight all round and gain compensation as Paul Nicholls' Saphir Du Rheu looked anything but a safe jumper on his UK debut at Newbury and will need to jump much better here.
The Nephew (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, tailed off, 12th of 18, well behind Poet (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Saphir Du Rheu (FR) 10-11fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd when hit 2 out, hit last, one pace flat, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Vasco D'ycy (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) sft in Nov.
God Of The Kop (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, hampered 3rd, headway approaching 2 out, no impression from 2 out, 6th of 13, 20l behind Puffin Billy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Orabora 11-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, every chance when fell 3 out, in a race won by The Italian Yob (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Reyes Magos (IRE) 10-3 (11-2) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, disputing 2nd inside final 4f, one pace final 2f, 4th of 11, 5l behind Sir Johnson (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) gf in May '11.
Boss In Boots (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Pulled hard in rear, pulled hard, effort over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 23l behind Captain Cutter (11-4) at Ascot 2m NH flat Listed (1) hvy in Dec.
Onedin Line 10-1 (10-12) Held up, headway 3rd, led after next, headed after 3 out, weakened 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Thomas Crapper (11-4) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, carried left soon after start, ridden 4f out, edged right 3f out, every chance 2f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Troyan (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nhf (5) gd in Oct.
Cool George 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, well behind Kenai Peninsula (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Military Precision (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Pulled hard early, tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, every chance 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 7, 17l behind Accordingtopalm (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Standing Ovation (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Always behind, 9th of 13, 33l behind Buck's Bond (10-9) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Comical Red 100-1 (11-0) Always behind, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Midnight Prayer (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Mr Mistopheles (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, weakened after 3 out, mistake 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Young Hurricane (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs in Nov.
Sylvan Legend 100-1 (10-9) Held up, blundered and nearly unseated rider 7th, soon tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Kenai Peninsula (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.