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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 32.10s
  • Off time: 14:10:30
Full result
Result 14:10 Taunton
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 14 Saphir Du Rheu 7/4f
2nd 6 God Of The Kop 11 2/1
3rd 1 Orabora 9/2

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 24-1F
Dark Blue, Pink epaulets, armlets and cap Orabora 31
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: 24-1F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 166 11-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 9/2
2 36-5
Red, Light Blue stars, Yellow cap, Light Blue stars Boss In Boots (IRE) 17
  • T:J W Mullins
  • J:A Thornton
  • Form: 36-5
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 J W Mullins A Thornton 40/1
3 0
Dark Green, Red epaulets, White sleeves, Pink cap Comical Red 22
  • T:Mark Gillard
  • J:T J Phelan
  • Form: 0
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 Mark Gillard T J Phelan 200/1
4 1P-0
Pink and Maroon diabolo, Pink sleeves, Pink cap, Maroon star Cool George 39
  • T:Miss J du Plessis
  • J:Mr K Edgar
  • Form: 1P-0
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 Miss J du Plessis Mr K Edgar (7) 16/1
5 P-4214
Light green, white stars, royal blue sleeves, light green stars, light green cap, royal blue star Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 89
  • T:Mrs Caroline Keevil
  • J:James Best
  • Form: P-4214
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 Mrs Caroline Keevil James Best (3) 20/1
6 218-F36
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap God Of The Kop (IRE) 38
  • T:Miss R Curtis
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 218-F36
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR: 120
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 Miss R Curtis A P McCoy 120 2/1
7 6/7-5
BLACK and WHITE check, YELLOW sleeves, BLACK and WHITE quartered cap Military Precision (IRE) 21
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 6/7-5
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 D Pipe T Scudamore 33/1
8 P-8
Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Mr Mistopheles (IRE) 59
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:T J O'Brien
  • Form: P-8
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 100/1
9 P-754P
White, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, black armlets, black cap Onedin Line 12
  • T:Miss V Williams
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: P-754P
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 50/1
10 2/4-
Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Reyes Magos (IRE) 587
  • T:S Durack
  • J:C O'Farrell
  • Form: 2/4-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-5t1
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 159 11-5 t1 S Durack C O'Farrell 12/1
11 2-469
Grey and orange stripes, grey sleeves, orange cap, grey spots Standing Ovation (IRE) 25
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:Tom Bellamy
  • Form: 2-469
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 159 11-5 D Pipe Tom Bellamy (7) 50/1
12 6-90
Yellow, Orange star, Orange sleeves, Yellow stars, Yellow cap, Orange star Sylvan Legend 39
  • T:Mrs Caroline Keevil
  • J:Ryan Mahon
  • Form: 6-90
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 159 11-5 Mrs Caroline Keevil Ryan Mahon (3) 125/1
14 33
BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Saphir Du Rheu (FR) 38
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 33
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 10-7
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 147 10-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 7/4f

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
13 1-450
The Nephew (IRE) 19
  • Nag Me
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: 1-450
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 115 Jonjo O'Neill D Elsworth NR

In depth

Verdict

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.

Formwatch

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.