• 16:45 Ladies Day 24th April Standard NH Flat Race 2m 1f

  • Winner £2,395 2nd £698 3rd £349
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 45.70s
  • Off time: 16:45:59
16:45 Taunton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Dark Desire 9/4
2nd Shadow Cruise (IRE) 2/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 Yellow, White epaulets, Yellow sleeves, Black armlets, White cap Jean De Florette (IRE)
6 11-4 N A Twiston-Davies Adam Wedge (3) 11/26.50
2 7- Orange, Black triple diamond, chevrons on sleeves River Dancing (IRE) 364
6 11-4 Andrew Turnell Mr M Legg (7) 14/115.00
3 Maroon and White diabolo, White sleeves, quartered cap Split Or Stick (IRE)
6 11-4 Miss R Curtis P E Corbett (7) 6/17.00
4 7 Purple, yellow star, orange sleeves, yellow armlets, emerald green cap Torgamah Lad (IRE) 76
5 11-4 Miss V Williams Harry Challoner (5) 12/113.00
5 Gold, Black hoops, Scarlet cap Dark Desire
4 10-9 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell (3) 9/43.25
6 4 Yellow, emerald green epaulets, yellow sleeves, emerald green stars, emerald green cap, yellow stars Shadow Cruise (IRE) 42
Beaten Favourite
4 10-9 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne (3) 2/13.00
7 Black and Grey diabolo, chevrons on sleeves, Black cap Grapeshot Verse
4 10-2 A J Lidderdale Joshua Moore (3) 20/121.00


Shadow Cruise was sent off joint favourite for his debut at Chepstow and wasn't beaten far in fourth. He'll know more today while Torgamah Lad was very green on his debut at Hereford in December and has a decent NH pedigree. Jean De Florette is a half-brother to winning chaser Howard's Legacy but we prefer DARK DESIRE. Closely related to the Tizzard's useful hurdler Jumps Road and bumper winner Diligent, he may have more speed than fellow newcomers Split Or Stick and Grapeshot Verse.