Bathwick Tyres Taunton Novices' Hurdle 2m 6f
- (5yo+, 2m 6f, Class 4, 8 runners)
- Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
Alex Hammond's Tip Of The Day (Cue Card - 15.50 A) To Win By 2 Lengths To 3.75 Lengths Inclusive 10/1
- Winning time: 6m 7.30s
- Off time: 15:05:51
|2nd||6 Sail By The Sea||10||6/5f|
|3rd||3 Holmwood Legend||33||14/1|
Further More (IRE) 69
|6||152 10-12 t||Miss E C Lavelle||Mr D F Bourke (7)||33/1|
Glenwood Prince (IRE) 10
|7||152 10-12||J Scott||Matt Griffiths (3)||40/1|
Holmwood Legend 30
|12||152 10-12 t1||N P Mulholland||N Fehily||120||14/1|
Minellahalfcentury (IRE) 125
|5||152 10-12 t1||P F Nicholls||D A Jacob||3/1|
Royal Native (IRE) 30
|5||152 10-12||A J Honeyball||Jack Doyle||7/1|
Sail By The Sea (IRE) 110
|5||152 10-12||D Pipe||T Scudamore||6/5f|
Swincombe Stone 36
|6||152 10-12||A J Honeyball||Rachael Green (3)||4/1|
West Bay Hoolie 30
|7||152 10-12 t||Mrs H R J Nelmes||A P Cawley||68||66/1|
Minellahalfcentury and Sail By The Sea both arrive on the back of form in the point-to-point field. Neither should be far away in what looks a modest heat. Royal Native was placed in a couple of bumpers and was third at Towcester in November but it looks like SWINCOMBE STONE is Anthony Honeyball's stable pick. Rachael Green can steer the gelding to victory on his hurdling debut as he'll be all the better for his run in a bumper at Huntingdon last month, his first start since October 2011. Further More may be better than he's shown so far while winning chaser Holmwood Legend had a pipe-opener in a jumpers' bumper recently, though isn't getting any younger.
Minellahalfcentury (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Mid div, 3rd 3out, rddn to chal bef last, kow but not getting to wnr, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Foxrock (11-7) at Loughrea 3m ire ptp hvy in Oct.
Sail By The Sea (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of Trajectus.
Holmwood Legend 12-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 7f out, pushed along and weakened over 4f out, tailed off over 2f out, 11th of 14, 27l behind Hollow Penny (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Glenwood Prince (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, lost place 3rd, behind 8th, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind One Conemara (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Further More (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, weakened 8th, tailed off, 9th of 18, 44l behind Superior Quality (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Swincombe Stone 15-2 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 7f out, ridden 3f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 15, 12l behind Cabaret Girl (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
West Bay Hoolie 100-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 8th of 14, 8l behind Hollow Penny (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Royal Native (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Cousin Khee (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.