Our racing guru likes a trio of runners at Taunton.
Taunton stages a seven-race card thus afternoon and the following trio of runners take the eye
The Alexandra Dunn-trained HONOURABLE EXIT was well backed on his handicap debut at Plumpton last time (14/1 into 7/2) and his supporters were left feeling frustrated as he was going well on the heels of the leaders when falling at the sixth. It was too early to say he would have won but this dual Irish point-to-point winner remains well treated on a mark of 89 and he may well take advantage in this afternoon’s 2m3f handicap hurdle (due off 2.30pm), with the majority of his rivals having something to prove.
All eight runners in the 2m handicap hurdle (4.10pm) have something to recommend them but none appeal more than the Evan Williams-trained TORNADO IN MILAN, who is well suited to the conditions. The ten-year-old’s last three wins have all come at this sharp track and he seemed to enjoy himself out in front when making all last time on ground that was officially heavy. He’s running over three furlongs less today so his rider Conor Ring, who takes 5lb off his back (which takes care of his 3lb rise), won’t be hanging around and the partnership may not be headed.
Harry Fry is 3-10 with his bumper runners at the track and his MISTERTON could improve that record further when he runs in the closing race on the card (5.20pm). The five-year-old made his debut in a well-contested bumper here in November, finishing a close fourth having seen plenty of daylight, and he will have learned a great deal from that. Fry said in a Stable Tour (December 12) that he’d be “very competitive” the next time he ran in one of these and in which case he may prove too pacey for the forecast favourite Captain Buck’s, who is bred to be suited by much further.
For those of you looking for a shorter-priced runner to combine in doubles and up, the suggestion is the Oliver Sherwood-trained ROBINESSE (3.40pm), whose last-time-out second to Jessber’s Dream at Exeter now looks an even piece of form with the winner landing a Grade 2 at Sandown last week.