Taunton, Saturday 30th December

Today we head to Taunton, with 6 runners.

First up in the Juvenile Hurdle at 12.25pm is Mojo Ego, who won at Doncaster last time in good fashion. I actually think he’s improved since that run, but he will have needed to because carrying a penalty won’t be easy for him. Alice Stevens is taking off 5lb which will help. Any rain would be a negative but I do think the track will suit him, he’s a small well balanced horse and if he jumps as well as he did at Doncaster that will give him a real chance.

Next up in the Novices’ Hurdle at 1.00pm is Thunder N Lightnin, who actually ran quite nicely at Kempton. He was entered at Doncaster yesterday and we thought this race was marginally easier. He’s definitely a lot fitter today than he was at Kempton and whilst I think this will be a bit too sharp a test for him to win, I can see him running a nice race.

After that comes Hard Frost in the Novices’ Handicap Chase at 1.35pm, who ran a lovely race on seasonal debut. We sent him there knowing that he’d need the run and he did run nicely. Paul and I are slightly undecided on what his best trip is but we certainly think that three miles is worth a go. It’s a competitive little race for it’s level but he’s definitely improved since that last run, he looks extremely well and I think he can be competitive.

Next up is Queens Gamble in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at 2.10pm who won nicely on debut for me at Kempton Park, beating the boys. That form has worked out well. This is obviously a set up in class for her, on official ratings she’s got 6lb to find on Nigel Twiston Davies horse but I’ve been pleased with her and I think she’ll take all the beating.

After that comes Game Winner in the Handicap Hurdle at 2.45pm. He jumped very poorly over fences last time out and so we ‘ve decide to go back over hurdles with him. This looks a good opportunity for him, I’ve put a pair of cheekpieces on him because I think that he wasn’t concentrating as much as he could have been in his last race. He stayed three miles well last time when his jumping was very poor so back over hurdles I like to think he’s got a leading chance.

Finally in the 3.55pm Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle is the Harry Derham Racing Club owned Nordic Tiger, ridden by Alice Stevens. He ran very well at Lingfield last time out, I was extremely pleased with him. He’s quite versatile in terms of ground but I think if we got less rain that would help him, particularly with a step up in trip. I think he will stay the distance and I’m looking froward to seeing him run. I think that this is a good little race for him and I think he’s got a leading chance. 

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