Taunton

  • 13:10 Happy New Year Maiden Hurdle2m 3f 110y

  • Winner £2,738 2nd £798 3rd £399
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 22.70s
  • Off time: 13:10:14
13:10 Taunton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sound Investment (IRE) 5/6
2nd Bladoun (FR) 9/2
3rd Best Boy Barney (IRE) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2 1-73 Emerald Green, Light Blue cross belts, striped sleeves Best Boy Barney (IRE) 9
Distance Winner
7 11-6 t J Scott Nick Scholfield 2/13.00
3 322-F43 RED, YELLOW sash, striped sleeves and star on cap Bladoun (FR) 23
Beaten Favourite
5 11-6 D Pipe T Scudamore 9/25.50
4 Grey, pink chevrons on sleeves, grey cap, pink star Broken Eagle (USA) 466
5 11-6 t S Durack C O'Farrell 33/134.00
5 2F-P Yellow, royal blue star, checked sleeves, royal blue cap Drumadoon (IRE) 21
5 11-6 p L Corcoran S Thomas 100/1101.00
6 P/067 Pink and Maroon diabolo, Pink sleeves, Pink cap, Maroon star Long John 31
6 11-6 Miss J Du Plessis Christian Williams 25/126.00
7 4P-0 Dark Green and White stripes, Dark Green sleeves, White armlets, White cap Louxor Des Mottes (FR) 70
5 11-6 F O'Brien A P Cawley 25/126.00
8 06 Red, dark green hoop, dark green sleeves, red armlets, quartered cap Ordensritter (GER) 26
5 11-6 C J Down J M Davies 50/151.00
9 F-73 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Sound Investment (IRE) 38
5 11-6 t1 P F Nicholls R Walsh 5/61.83
Non runners
190Anton Dolin (IRE)511-6Dr R D P NewlandChris Ward

Verdict

Bladoun looked certain to score on his hurdling debut at Chepstow but fell at the last and hasn't done as well in subsequent races. He may need another confidence booster but point-to-point winner Best Boy Barney ran really well when attempting to make all at Newbury last time, only succumbing late on and staying on quite strongly. He's likely to make this a stamina test, which should suit SOUND INVESTMENT. He's progressing slowly but surely and travelled well for most of the way behind Puffin Billy at Newbury in November, suggesting this longer trip would be in his favour, so he's handed the vote. The remainder have shown little and will need to improve.