2.15: Horses carrying weights of 11 stones or more have secured 13 of the 19 available toteplacepot positions to date, stats which include five of the seven winners at 12/1-6/1-9/2-4/1--5/4. The bottom two horses can be eliminated if we adhere to the weight trends, whereby I am short listing GLENDERMOT and RUN BOB RUN at the overnight stage. COMICAL RED is another horse to consider in the opening contest, especially as eight-year-olds have won three of the last five renewals. COMICAL RED is the lone vintage representative on this occasion.
Favourite factor: The seven favourites have secured two medals of each colour to date, with one (15/8) market leader failing to reach the frame.
2.45: Six-year-olds have won four of the last six renewals though the trio of vintage representatives look up against it this time around. Forget about the even money quote in the trade press about BLOODY MARY who could go off as short as 1/2 from my viewpoint, particularly as Nicky Henderson's lone raider on the card appears to only have LOU VERT to beat. BANYU looks booked for third spot.
Favourite factor: Favourites have finished in the frame in the last seven (of nine in total) contests to date, statistics which include five winners.
Favourite factor: Last year's marginal 10/3 favourite finished out of the frame behind horses which claimed toteplacepot positions when sent off at 7/2- 6/1-20/1.
3.45: I short listed last year's 16/1 winner (Tornado In Milan) which was the first of two winners for Evan Williams (84/1 double) from just four runners on the card. Upwards and onward in positive mode by informing that horses carrying a maximum burden of 11-1 have secured seven of the 11 available toteplacepot position, statistics which include all four (16/1-14/1-17/2-5/4*) winners. Evan saddles DE FAOITHESDREAM this time around, the second on four runners on the card again, via 11 penultimate stage entries. Evan's ten-year-old reverts back to hurdling here but it's worth noting that his record is better over timber (3/10) than over the larger obstacles (3/13). WAR SINGER is another win and place option, whilst AFTER HOURS completes my trio against the remaining four contenders.
Favourite factor: This is a new race on the Taunton card.
4.45: Dual course and distance winner EXEMPLARY might have to be dropped a few pounds before regaining the winning thread but that said, a toteplacepot position is certainly up for grabs in this grade/company. Others for the overnight mix include JOIN THE NAVY, PRECIOUS GROUND and MILESTONE.
Favourite factor: Five renewals have slipped by since the inaugural favourite scored at 5/4. The subsequent winners have scored at odds ranging between 11/2 & 50/1. Three of the six market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions.