Taunton Trio


Mines looks magic at 4s

Carrickmines still looks one step ahead of the handicapper over hurdles and at 4/1 rates the best bet on today’s Taunton card (3.10).

Dr Richard Newland’s 10-year-old took advantage of lenient hurdles rating when easily beating Spanish Cruise by four lengths at Taunton off a mark of 100, and ran better still of an 11lb higher mark when a never nearer third to Water Garden in a competitive affair at Ascot last time out.

He gets into this on the same mark (111)and that makes him still potentially very well treated in this sphere as he remains 7lb lower than when last successful over fences.

With the going and trip ideal and Richard Johnson in the saddle he looks sure to take all the beating.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts win Carrickmines (4/1 generally available – use BOG firms)


Wulff well treated on chasing debut

Emma Lavelle has her team in good form, and Grey Wulff makes plenty of appeal at 6/1 on his chasing debut in the 3.30 Taunton today.

The seven-year-old showed promise in two bumpers behind the classy Bob’s Worth and Gus Macrae, and was far from disgraced in four runs over hurdles behind some useful types.

His best effort came when chasing home Minella Stars at Hereford last January where after losing his place at the third he stayed on strongly throughout the final half mile to get within 3 1/2 length of the winner.

On that run he looked the type who would be more than capable of picking up a handicap hurdle and its certainly interesting the connections are pitching him over fences for his comeback rather than sticking to hurdles.

They have certainly found him a very weak looking contest to exploit what could be a lenient mark of 110, and if his jumping holds up then I think he could be far better than his rivals.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts win Grey Wulff (6/1 bet365 – BOG)

13/2 Wine makes plenty of appeal

David Pipe can do little wrong in handicaps at present, and Glassawine has to be of serious interest at 13/2 in the finale at Taunton (4.10).

The gelding showed promise behind two useful types in bumpers at Exeter and Newbury, and ran a cracker on his hurdling debut when staying on to finish third to Paul Nicholls’ Dark Lover over today’s course and distance.

He subsequently failed to build on that effort in his next two starts where he was beaten out of sight, but he has always looked the type who will come into his own in handicaps and his opening mark of 104 looks exploitable if he can return to the same sort of form he showed behind Dark Lover.

His shrewd connections certainly seem to have found a nice opening if he can bounce back, and given their current form it will be a surprise if he doesn’t put up a really bold showing.

At 13/2 he looks overpriced in my eyes and makes plenty of each-way appeal.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Glassawine (13/2 Coral)


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