Taunton 3.10 tips – breathing op the key to Nicholls runner

Taunton 3.10 tips - breathing op the key to Nicholls runner

Paul Nicholls

The Brock Again

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Betting Tip: The Brock Again @ 5/1 with betvictor

Taunton provides today’s jumps action and as always at the Somerset track it is competitive stuff.

Decent prize money helps in that respect and I’m hopeful the £6,330 on offer to the winner of the 2m handicap hurdle (3.10pm) will go to the connections of THE BROCK AGAIN. Paul Nicholls’ charge came over from France with a tall reputation following a couple of flat wins on deep ground and ran a cracker on his British debut when third in a decent handicap at Sandown in November 2014. He then finished a disappointing third when sent off even money favourite for a Listed hurdle at Haydock just 13 days later, but that race may have come too soon for him and he’s since had a breathing operation.

This is his first run back but you can rely on Nicholls having him ready and the stable is back firing on all cylinders after an unusually quiet December, with six winners since the turn of the year, including a treble at Doncaster last Friday. The selection is likely to go chasing at some point and is built for that game, but he should be up to winning a hurdle off his current mark of 123. That fact won’t have been lost on the champion trainer, who can boast a 32% (30-95) strike rate with his hurdlers here.

The big danger is last year’s winner Pull The Chord, who scored again on his reappearance at Exeter back in November but lines up today 15lb higher than 12 months ago as a result. The 12lb he concedes the selection may prove decisive.

Betting Tip: The Brock Again @ 5/1 with betvictor

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