Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action.
Colin Tizzard teams up with Tom Scudamore at Taunton this afternoon and the partnership can enjoy a double on the card.
GOLDEN SUNRISE can initiate that when he runs in the 3m maiden hurdle having shown considerable promise over shorter and giving the impression he will relish today’s stamina test. A huge horse at over 17 hands, he was as green as grass when finishing fourth on his bumper debut back in February and we probably won’t see the very best of him until he goes chasing.
However, he has shown more than enough in three starts over hurdles this season to suggest he can win in this sphere. After finishing third on his Exeter debut, he improved plenty to finish third (fourth has won since) when returned to that track over further before stepping up again to chase home the well regarded Chooseyourweapon at Chepstow on his most recent outing.
The five-year-old is clearly improving with experience and a personal best looks on the cards this afternoon. That may well suffice as the two horses in front of him in the betting, As I See It and Coup De Pinceau, trained by Harry Fry and Paul Nicholls respectively, have already had their limitations exposed, while the Nicholls horse may not want it this soft besides.
Tizzard’s PADLEYOUROWNCANOE is the youngest horse in the line up for the 2m3f handicap hurdle at four, but he has already achieved more than several of his rivals in winning his last two starts and there should be more to come from him.
This is his toughest test to date, it has to be said, but he looked most progressive when beating a stablemate by eight lengths over course and distance last time, making a mockery of his 5lb rise for winning at Exeter previously. Given a handy ride by Tom Scudamore, he cornered really well around the relatively tight home bend and the further he went the better he looked on the prevailing soft ground.
The handicapper was not so kind after that latest success, raising him a further 12lb. However, he’s still at the right end of the handicap with just 10st 6lb on his back and I can imagine Scudamore will give him a similarly positive ride. With various doubts over his seven rivals, the best of whom may be Evan Williams’ handicap debutant Holdbacktheriver, a half brother to Native River, he can land the hat-trick.
His stablemate Sizing Tara is an interesting newcomer in the closing bumper with Harry Cobden up. But the stable’s record in these these type of races (6-137, 4%, since 2012) is off putting and I’m much more interested in SEROSEVSKY on his stable debut for Harry Fry, who is 5-12 in bumpers here. The five-year-old changed hands for £60k after beating a subsequent winner on his second point start and that experience will stand him in good stead, with his proven stamina another asset in the conditions.
All odds were correct at time of posting.