TAUNTON – FEBRUARY 21
Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2016: £32.90 (6 favourite: 2 winners--3 placed--1 unplaced)
Tuesday's Placepot permutation at Taunton:
Leg 1 (2.20): 1 (Oscar Jane), 11 (Margaret’s Rose) & 7 (Actlikeacountess)
Leg 2 (2.50): 3 (Master Burbridge), 1 (Lake Shore Drive) & 2 (New Vennture)
Leg 3 (3.20): 1 (Cajun Fiddle) & 3 (Verdana Blue)
Leg 4 (3.50): 2 (Towering) & 3 (Bells Of Ailsworth)
Leg 5 (4.20): 3 (Tommy Silver), 2 (Bertimont) & 5 (Work In Progress)
Leg 6 (4.50): 7 (Monsieur Gibraltar) & 1 (Delta Borget)
Suggested stake: 216 bets to 10p stakes
Overview for Tuesday - please scroll down to the bottom of the page
2.20: OSCAR JANE finished second in this event last year off an official mark of 97. Five pounds higher this time around, Johnny Farrelly’s ten-year-old is looking to improve her fine Taunton stats still further in a race which is high on numbers but short in depth. Johnny’s mare won at the track next time out last season on better ground and under similar conditions today, OSCAR JANE is the horse to beat. Taking her on with each way chances here are MARGARET’S ROSE and ACTLIKEACOUNTESS.
Favourite factor: The two favourites thus far have obliged at 5/2 & 13/8.
Record of the course winner in the opening race:
3/6—Oscar Jane (good – soft – heavy)
2.50: MASTER BURBRIDGE is looking to become the third six-year-old winner in the seventh renewal of the contest and with Neil Mulholland continuing to send out winners for fun, Noel Fehily’s mount is the first name on the team sheet, certainly from a Placepot perspective. LAKE SHORE DRIVE is another Farrelly raider on the card with claims, whilst NEW VENNTURE completes my trio against the remaining fourteen contenders.
Favourite factor: Three of the six market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions, statistics which include (9/4 & 6/4) two winners.
Record of the course winner in the second event:
1/6—All But Grey (heavy)
3.20: Tread carefully here (see favourites stats below) because although only a few horses in the field make any appeal from a win perspective, such cash should be kept for another day aside from our Placepot interest. The likes of CAJUN FIDDLE and VERDANA BLUE will surely figure in the finish at the business end of proceeding, closely followed by Midnight Glory I’ll wager, but that’s where my interest ends.
Favourite factor: All three (very short) odds on favourites have finished in the frame thus far, though only one has prevailed from a win perspective. The other two finished second in their respective events at 1/3 & 1/2.
3.50: Nicky Henderson’s Catcher In The Rye gelding TOWERING need only reproduce his debut effort over the bigger obstacles to go very close in this grade/company. A three time winner of timber, the only worry is that Nicky’s raider has failed to put back to back victories together to date, whereby two successive good efforts cannot be taken for granted. If the projected favourite lets supporters down, course and distance winner BELLS OF AILSWORTH might prove to be the beneficiary.
Favourite factor: This is a new race on the Taunton card.
Record of the course winners in the fourth contest on the card:
1/2—Bells Of Ailsworth (good to firm)
4.20: Five-year-olds have won three of the six contests thus far, whilst four of the last five gold medallists have carried a minimum burden of 11-1. TOMMY SILVER is the only vintage representative in the field, whilst the Paul Nicholls raider is one of five qualifiers via the weight trend. This is no coincidence as Paul plans his runners to meticulous detail. Dan Skelton saddles three in the race, the pick of which should prove to be BERTIMONT and WORK IN PROGRESS.
Favourite factor: Three of the seven market leaders have finished in the frame (two winners at 7/4 & 5/2**) via six renewals to date.
Record of the course winner in the fifth event:
4.50: DELTA BORGET returns to defend his crown though carrying an additional eight pounds this time around (even taking in the relevant jockey claim), the twelve-year-old might find MONSIER GIBRALTAR too strong close home, especially under far better conditions twelve months on.
Favourite factor: Last year’s inaugural 6/4 favourite failed to complete the course.
Record of the course winner in the opening race:
1/1—Delta Borget (heavy)
All place details offered on my pages relate to an 'exact science', whereby horses that finish third in 5/6/7 runner races (and other such scenarios) are not 'placed' regarding my statistics.
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Taunton card on Tuesday – followed by their five year ratio at the track + profits/losses accrued:
5 runners—Dan Skelton (2/8 – loss of 2 points)
4—Johnny Farrelly (2/11 – loss of 4 points)
4—Nail Mulholland (0/7)
3—Alexandra Dunn (0/9)
3—Harry Fry (6/13 – Profit of 3 points)
3—Alan King (2/6 – Profit of 2 points)
3—Colin Tizzard (0/5)
3—Tim Vaughan (1/12 – loss of 8 points)
2—Jo Davis (No previous runners this season)
2—Jimmy Frost (0/8)
2—Mark Gillard (0/10)
2—Carroll Gray (0/3)
2—Nigel Hawke (1/11 – loss of 5 points)
2—Nicky Henderson (2/5 – slight loss)
2—Philip Hobbs (2/13 – loss of 6 points)
2—Martin Keighley (1/11 – loss of 6 points)
2—Fergal O’Brien (0/5)
2—Richard Phillips (0/5)
2—Bill Turner (0/1)
2—Nigel Twiston-Davies (3/7 – Profit of 14 points)
2—Evan Williams (1/7 – loss of 4 points)
+ 29 different trainers who each saddle just one runner on the card
83 declared runners
General overview - Corresponding Placepot dividends from last year:
Wetherby: £67.50 – 6 favourites – 2 winners – 2 placed – 2 unplaced
Southwell: £8.70 – 6 favourites – 2 winners – 3 placed – 1 unplaced