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16:50 Taunton

Make Mine A Large One Handicap Chase (Class 4)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £7,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 15.50s
  • Off Time: 16:50:25
  • 9 Ran
1st
Silk -
3rd
Silk -
1
Silk - White and Red check, Red sleeves, White armlets, Yellow cap
15/2
  • Form 4700-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 96

chased leaders, stumbled 3rd and dropped rear, weakened after 8th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out

2
Silk - Red, white cross belts, black and white hooped cap
9/2
  • Form 70-6534
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 90

led until 3rd, chased leaders, no pace after 8th, rallied after 4 out, weakened next

3
Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue epaulets, checked sleeves, Red cap
16/1
  • Form PP4-4U6
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-4
  • Official Rating 88

prominent until blundered 10th, ridden after 4 out, weakened after next

4
Silk - Light Green, Royal Blue cross belts and sleeves, hooped cap
7/2
  • Form 46924-2
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-3
  • Official Rating 87

held up, headway after 4 out, soon ridden, went 2nd 3 out, led approaching last, stayed on well

5
Silk - White, Red stars, White sleeves, Dark Blue stars, Red and White striped cap

Cusp

14 t D
3/1
  • Form 4P-66P1
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-1
  • Official Rating 85

always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out

6
Silk - White, Red cross belts, Red sleeves, Royal Blue armlets, Red cap
8/1
  • Form P-118P9
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 83

chased leaders, ridden after 10th, weakened 2 out

7
Silk - Yellow, Orange star, Orange sleeves, Yellow stars, Yellow cap, Orange star
  • Form F4-3PP7
  • Age 7
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 83

led 3rd, ridden after 3 out, headed approaching last, no extra

8
Silk - Brown, Yellow spots on sleeves, Yellow cap
16/1
  • Form 43RFU9
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-7
  • Official Rating 77

always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out

9
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow disc, White sleeves and cap
16/1
  • Form 5253P5
  • Age 9
  • Weight 10-0
  • Official Rating 69

in touch, effort after 10th, weakened after next

In depth

Verdict

CUSP is the only distance winner in the field and gets our vote, ahead of Sea Saffron and Miss Midnight. Alison Thorpe's mare was a fortunate winner over this trip and on soft ground last time out last month, following a lengthy break. Don't expect anything like the big double price she was that day, when she looked beaten only for the leader to fall at the last. It was her first win over fences in four years, and may prove to be a one off. However, there's not a great deal here to beat. Sea Saffron has been off the track since May, and is local trainer Jimmy Frost's only runner on the card. He's relatively unexposed, with this just his seventh outing, and son Hadden claims a handy three pounds. Miss Midnight also benefits from a claimer on board. Recently running here in chases, a return to hurdling may bring reward. However in a race that looks to raise more questions than it supplies answers, we'll side with Cusp.

Formwatch

Chuquicamata 20-1 (11-11) Mid-division, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 15th of 21, well behind Wun Chai (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Mar '08.

Miss Midnight 7-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway 6th, ridden and mistake 4 out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 33l behind Shake The Barley (11-10) at Taunton 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) gs in Feb.

Talikos (FR) 12-1 (12-0) (ts) a bhnd, 6th of 10, 45l behind Winter Scene (12-1) at Upcott Cross 3m ptp gd in May.

Sea Saffron 13-2 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden, headway after 13th, stayed on same pace from next, went 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 17l behind Extra Bold (10-11) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in May.

Cusp 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway after 5th, went 2nd before 3 out, 20 lengths adrift when left in lead last, stayed on, won at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs in Feb beating Phoenix Eye (11-7) by 5l, 15 ran.

Red Jester 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, driven 6th, weakened 4 out, 9th of 14, well behind Conny Nobel (10-5) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Feb.

Kirbys Glen (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up, jumped right when lost touch 5 out, 7th of 11, well behind Aheadofhistime (11-7) at Chepstow 2m cnd hcp chs (5) hvy in Jan.

Lady Malousa 33-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway 7th, ridden and weakened after 10th, 9th of 15, 35l behind Cusp (11-2) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs in Feb.

Roseville (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Prominent, ridden approaching 4 out, weakened 3 out, 5th of 9, 34l behind Shake The Barley (11-10) at Taunton 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) gs in Feb.