Taunton

  • 15:20 Somerset Chamber Of Commerce Novices' Hurdle2m 1f

  • Winner £3,764 2nd £1,097 3rd £549
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 50.90s
  • Off time: 15:20:39
15:20 Taunton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hint Of Mint 3/1
2nd Massena (IRE) 11/4
3rd Very Noble (FR) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 0314 Mauve, white chevron, purple sleeves Hint Of Mint 43
5 11-6 Nick Williams R Johnson 124 3/14.00
2 24/73 White, Royal Blue chevron, chevrons on sleeves, Red cap Cape Breton 31
8 11-0 P R Chamings Nico de Boinville (3) 20/121.00
3 221112 Red, Black sleeves, Yellow cap, Red star Massena (IRE) 25
7 11-0 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 128 11/43.75
4 43-67 Emerald Green, Red star, White sleeves, Red stars, Red cap Roberto Pegasus (USA) 102
Beaten Favourite
8 11-0 A King R Thornton 115 2/13.00
5 958U Royal Blue, White epaulets, checked sleeves Sand Artist (IRE) 31
6 11-0 Miss V Williams Harry Challoner (3) 100/1101.00
6 F- Emerald Green, White epaulets, diabolo on sleeves, White cap Suffice (IRE) 268
5 11-0 Mrs L J Young D C Costello 33/134.00
7 0909/ Purple, large royal blue spots, hooped sleeves and spots on cap Tide Runner 21
8 11-0 L Corcoran T J O'Brien 150/1151.00
8 7-39571 DARK GREEN, WHITE chevron, LIGHT GREEN sleeves, DARK GREEN and WHITE check cap Very Noble (FR) 26
5 11-0 t P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 9/25.50
9 20 Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Obistar (FR) 18
4 10-7 D Pipe C O'Farrell 28/129.00
10 Emerald green, purple seams, striped sleeves, white cap Shining Cross (IRE) 412
4 10-7 R Woollacott Paul Moloney 100/1101.00

Verdict

Massena is back over hurdles for the first time since scoring at Wincanton in November but he's been in very good form over fences, winning three and finishing second on the same number of occasions. He has every chance in this while Hint Of Mint won at Leicester in January and was taking on decent company at Exeter last time. Flat winner Roberto Pegasus has shown promise over hurdles but doesn't stand much racing and Cape Breton is probably less exposed. VERY NOBLE has been highly tried so far but showed his wellbeing by winning a jumpers' bumper last month. The runner-up scored over hurdles at Chepstow last week and Paul Nicholls' gelding can follow suit here.