Wednesday’s jump meetings in Britain at Taunton, Hereford and Lingfield should go ahead as planned now that the cold weather of recent days has relented for the time being. We have two selections for the card at Taunton and one from Hereford.
“Tip of the Day” - Parramount (2.53pm Taunton) - 5/2 with bet365
Racing off an opening mark of 115, Charlie Longsdon’s promising hurdler can take this Class 4 contest before being reassessed by the handicapper.
2.15pm Hereford, 3m 1f - White Hart Lady (Next Best)
The Anthony Honeyball-trained pair of Credo and Lilith head the weights for this 3m 1f Hereford Mares’ Chase Series Final, with the former looking to be the stable’s number one contender following the seven-year-old’s impressive victory over fellow rival Flowing Cadenza at Chepstow last month.
The concession of two stone (including jockey Lorcan Murtagh’s 3lb allowance) to the Harry Fry-trained WHITE HART LADY may prove beyond Rex Dingle’s mount however, as the mare could have been let in lightly here off a mark 7lb higher than when romping home on soft ground at Lingfield last month.
The daughter of Doyen is expected to encounter similar conditions on this occasion and with today’s longer trip unlikely to pose a problem, the eight-year-old, on just her third start over fences, is capable of improving significantly upon her current rating of 95. Well beaten by Glorious Lady on her chasing debut at Worcester, White Hart Lady enjoys a 3lb pull with Tabitha Worsley’s mount and has a lot more scope than that seemingly exposed mare.
2.53pm Taunton, 2m 1/2f - Parramount (Nap)
With just the two runs over hurdles, the handicapper has been faced with the task of trying to assess the ability of both Beau Balko and PARRAMOUNT on their handicap debuts, in particular the former who joined the Paul Nicholls stable from France in October.
The four-year-old, a narrow winner at Hereford on his second start for the Ditcheat team, has been given a mark 1lb higher than that of the Charlie Longsdon-trained Parramount, who possibly needed his first run over hurdles when third at Stratford in October following a break of 541 days.
Aidan Coleman’s mount, who posted some decent bumper form in 2020/21, made no mistake on his second outing over the smaller obstacles when cruising home by 10 lengths after making all of the running at Hereford last month. An opening mark of 115 may have underestimated the Mount Nelson gelding who is fancied to take this Class 4 contest before being reassessed by the handicapper.
3.53pm Taunton, 3m - Samatian (Each Way) (Longshot)
While running respectably on all three occasions, the Kim Bailey-trained SAMATIAN (e.w.) has failed to add to his October Stratford victory on the gelding’s seasonal reappearance. The five-year-old may have run up against a well handicapped horse when second to Ben Pauling’s Sporting Mike at Southwell last month and off the same mark of 82, the mount of 7lb claimer Kai Lenihan looks sure to go close once again in receipt of plenty of weight from the form horses at the top of the handicap.
Top of that list has to be The Height Of Fame who will be attempting to take her winning run to five (including a Newton Abbot dead-heat), the first of which came off a 26lb lower mark at Fontwell in May. It may be that the handicapper now has the measure of Keiran Burke’s charge who will need to improve again if Tom Bellamy’s mount is to concede over two stones (including allowance) to the selection.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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