14:00 Taunton

Thursday 8 April 2021

All13:2514:0014:3015:0515:4016:1516:5517:30
  • Stables Business Park Novices' Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)
  • Class 4  |   2m 3f 1y  |   Good (Good to Firm in places)  |   9 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:00  |   Winning time: 4m 32.53s
1
Chez Hanst16
Age: 5|  Weight: 12-0| J: Angus Cheleda(7)| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  112
6/4
Maiden hurdler but he's knocking on the door, excellent second of 10 in 2m handicap here 16 days ago. Can make his presence felt again upped in trip despite 3 lb rise.
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3
Makety16
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-12| J: Nick Scholfield| T: C Heard| OR:  110
33/1
Fairly useful maiden hurdler for Oliver Sherwood but below form both runs for new yard after 8 months off, seventh of 10 in 2m handicap here 16 days ago. Has something to prove.
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4
Cheng Gongb20
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-12| J: Thomas Bellamy| T: N B King| OR:  110| CD
10/1
Left previous hurdling runs well behind when landing C&D handicap last month. However, took little interest when pulled up at Fakenham last time so others are preferred. Blinkers replace cheekpieces.
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5
Fanfan La Colmineh24
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-7| J: J M Davies| T: C J Down| OR:  105
20/1
Best run over hurdles when fifth in 2m Wincantion novice in February but he failed to back it up on his handicap debut here 24 days ago. Needs a big step forward.
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6
Folly Gatet16
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-6| J: Chester Williams(3)| T: Mrs J Williams| OR:  104
10/1
Fair maiden hurdler. Not disgrced given he raced freely when fifth of 10 in 2m handicap here 16 days ago. No forlorn hope off a reduced mark.
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8
Passing Shadow34
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-3| J: Lilly Pinchin(5)| T: G McPherson| OR:  101
17/2
Without a win but in good form until below-par sixth at Doncaster last month. Others are better treated at these weights.
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9
Presuming Edh24
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-0| J: Ben Jones(3)| T: P J Hobbs| OR:  98
9/2
Lightly-raced maiden hurdler. Creditable seventh of 13 to Blazing Saddles on handicap bow at Stratford 24 days ago, though carried his head awkardly having pulled hard. Others are more persuasive.
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10
Opineb1,t31
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-11| J: Kevin Brogan(5)| T: Jonjo O'Neill| OR:  102
11/2
Yet to get his head in front, but had wind op before fifth of 16 in 2m Southwell handicap 31 days ago, fading late on first run for 3 months. Blinkers on and well worth considering off a good mark.
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11
Merchant In Milant1461
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-0| J: J E Moore| T: Mrs H R J Nelmes| OR:  83
40/1
Yet to show anything in points and over hurdles. Goes handicapping now with lots to prove.
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Rule 4

Rule 4 applies to board prices only - deduction 15p in the pound

Non-Runners

2
Grooveur8
Weight: 11-13|  Age: 5
T: A Ralph  J: Bryan Carver
NR
7
Blazing Saddles24
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 6
T: J Scott  J: Matt Griffiths
WD

Forecasts

Chez Hans (6/4), Presuming Ed (9/2), Blazing Saddles (9/2), Opine (11/2), Grooveur (8/1), Passing Shadow (17/2), Cheng Gong (10/1), Folly Gate (10/1), Fanfan La Colmine (20/1), Makety (33/1), Merchant In Milan (40/1)

Verdict

A few with chances, but OPINE has hinted at promise on more than one occasion and is fancied to take advantage of a handy-looking mark wih his yard among the winners. Paul Nicholls' in-form top-weight Chez Hans is another bidding to open his hurdling account and he is feared most, although recent winners Grooveur and Blazing Saddles are also well worth considering in an open handicap.

  1. OPINE (IRE)
  2. CHEZ HANS (GER)
  3. GROOVEUR (FR)

Prize Money

1st: £3,159.002nd: £1,455.003rd: £727.004th: £364.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00
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