Dave Nevison serves up three selections for the jumps action at Taunton on Thursday - find out which horses are tickling his fancy for the meeting, live on Racing TV.
Representing the now very eyecatching combination of David Pipe and Fergus Gillard, this horse has shown up well on both his runs for the yard since joining from Gordon Elliott but remains on a fair-looking handicap mark.
Obviously it's impossible to say whether losing a shoe last time cost him anything, but it seems fair to assume it wasn’t a positive, and if so he ran a cracker to be beaten only by a well-handicapped horse ridden by the other conditional find of the season Kevin Brogan. Few in this field come here on the back of as good a run as that and he looks a solid choice.
Alan King's runner looks to have a very good opportunity to break his maiden here in a pretty uncompetitive event. Well behind Breffinboy - who was beginning his winning spree - at Kempton last time, he would at least have finished closer to the runner-up if the race had panned out better for him. He didn’t really settle for his 10lb-claimer on that day and might do better with professional handling for the first time in three runs as he has shown some signs of temperament in the past.
Although he has shown form at up to a mile and three-quarters on the Flat, I do feel a tight track like Taunton might enable his jockey to keep him interested and hopefully produce him in between the last two to go away and register a first success.
Failed to fulfil the promise of his bumper season last term over hurdles, but it looks as if he might have picked up again this season judged by his reappearance at Sandown recently. Held up over the minimum trip, he never really got into the race but jumped better than he has on occasions in the past and wasn’t given a hard time of things up the straight.
He will be suited very much by the extra three furlongs here and my colleague Angus Mcnae has drawn my attention to the talents of jockey Tom Bellamy this season, especially when he is on a hold-up horse. He certainly seems to be in the right position more often than not and although it is a blow for the luckless Adrian Heskin to be sidelined again, Bellamy's booking in his place could prove ideal for this horse who looks an each-way bet to nothing.Could you be the next Tipstar champion? Click here for more details!
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