Nicholls could well come away from Taunton with more than one success
Taunton racecourse hosts the Royal Bath and West Race Day this afternoon, when the first of seven races on the card, which is worth a generous £47,500, goes to post at 2.10pm.
The most valuable race of the day is the Royal Bath and West Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase, a class three race over two miles and half a furlong at 3.10pm which has £13,200 in prizes.
Of the four runners Jump City, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Daryl Jacob, will be favourite and looks a good bet, but it might be worth considering Sublime Talent under Adam Wedge.
The other big race on the card is the Bathwick Handicap Hurdle Race, over two miles three and a half furlongs which has £10,500 on offer in prize money. Thunderstorm, the mount of champion jockey AP McCoy for Philip Hobbs, is set to notch up his fifth win on the bounce, but those looking for a better price may want to have a look at bottom weight Teshali, under seven-pound claimer James Banks.
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The card’s first race is the Rural Living Show 23rd March Selling Hurdle Race over two miles three furlongs, where Bellflower Boy, trained by Richard Newland, is expected to attract a lot of interest.
However, it is worth looking at Get It On, trained by Evan Williams, while Helium, trained by Alexandra Dunn – who also rides and had her maiden winner at Taunton last time round – is worth an each-way look.
In the Alpha Motorability Wheelchair Passenger Transport Novices’ Hurdle, top weight Fox Run, the mount of Jacob for Nicholls, will probably be a short-priced favourite, so it is worth considering local horse Garryleigh, owned by Brocade Racing and trained by David Pipe, and King of Glory, from the in-form Venetia Willams stable.
In the C and D South West 25th Anniversary Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over three miles and half a furlong, Jupiter Rex looks set to continue his winning run for the Williams connections and will start the favourite, but is likely to be challenged by Toby Lerone, for Nicholls, and top weight Decimus under Nick Scholfield.
In the CGA Foxhunter Trial over half a furlong short of three miles, Khachaturian catches the eye, as does Swansbrook.
In the final race of the day, the Foresters Garden Buildings Handicap Hurdle over two miles one, Come On Annie trained by Bernard Llewellyn looks the horse to beat, while Posh Emily is worth a look.