After smashing the Cheltenham Place 6 on Saturday, Steven Dowler sit tops of the Colossus leaderboard for the week. He’s back to run riot again with a preview of the Boosted £5k Place 6 at Taunton on Wednesday. Check out his Taunton betting tips and join his Syndicate.
Taunton betting tips
13.40 – Cornish Rock Gin ‘Hands And Heels’ Handicap Hurdle – 2m3f
Not an appealing handicap hurdle to start the action. However, LEVEL OF INTENSITY remains on a potentially lenient mark and posted a creditable runner-up effort when last seen behind a 120-rated rival. If he can replicate that sort of performance here, he’s bound to be thereabouts.
The hat-trick could beckon for the in-form KNIGHT COMMANDER, who has defied the handicapper the last twice and although he’s 9Ib higher for this contest, he’s up an upward curve of form and looks the one to beat in a race that won’t take much winning.
Of the rest, PILANSBERG hasn’t run for a long time over hurdles and his recent efforts on the flat haven’t inspired much confidence but he’s very well-handicapped on his best form and makes his stable debut off a career-low mark.
Selections: LEVEL OF INTENSITY, KNIGHT COMMANDER, PILANSBERG
14.10 – Summerfield Developments Novices’ Hurdle – 2m
There should be more to come from the Alan King-trained ISOLATE, who had plenty of plausible excuses for his reappearance at Bangor but he still ran well enough and this faster going will be much more to his liking, so he’s surely going to on the premises for a stable in very good form.
The Paul Nicholls-trained CELESTIAL FORCE looks the main danger despite having to shoulder a penalty again. He was a fairly decent stayer on the flat and has won two of his four starts over hurdles. This won’t be easy to give plenty of weight all round but he sets the standard and looks good material to at least reach the frame.
Selections: ISOLATE, CELESTIAL FORCE
14.40 – Porter Dodson Handicap Hurdle – 2m7f
Another tricky handicap to solve so I want a few on our side here.
HIDDEN DEPTHS has been in good form this summer on the flat, winning twice, and has acquitted himself well over hurdles since off slightly higher marks. He remains unexposed in handicaps and looks one of a few in with a fair chance.
Roger Teal’s AGINCOURT REEF showed plenty of encouragement when fourth on his reappearance last time and remains 6Ib below his last winning mark. Furthermore, he’s normally competed at a better level than this and shouldn’t be far away if able to enhance his latest performance in this wide-open race.
Of the others, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ BOMBER’S MOON made a positive start to the season with an excellent third in a tough handicap when last seen. He’s only been raised 1Ib for that effort so he certainly holds valid claims if able to build on that here.
Selections: HIDDEN DEPTHS, AGINCOURT REEF, BOMBER’S MOON
15.10 – Invest Southwest Handicap Hurdle – 2m
A tight little contest with marginal preference for top-weight GET BACK GET BACK, who has been in good form this season. He almost made it back-to-back victories when just touched off by half-a-length at Wincanton last time and although the third horse Andaleep is weighted to reverse the form, Harry Fry’s improving sort is taken to make a bold bid again while the iron’s hot.
The Paul Nicholls-trained FRIEND OR FOE doesn’t have many miles on the clock and has already tasted success over C&D. He resumed this season with a solid effort in a competitive handicap at Chepstow when last seen and he’s a major player off an unchanged mark.
Selections: GET BACK GET BACK, FRIEND OR FOE
15.40 – Thatchers Cider Novices’ Handicap Chase – 2m2f
It’s hard to ignore the excellent claims of BATHIVA, who scored impressively over C&D when last seen and still looks feasibly well treated on stable debut for Fergal O’Brien despite going up 10Ib. He’ll find this tougher but he’s going the right way and anything this yard has purchased after a success has to be considered.
Chris Gordon sends just the one runner to the track, SHUT THE BOX. This six-year-old ran his best race to date when second in a handicap hurdle race last time out which was evidently at a much more demanding level. He was no match for the winner that day but has the scope to be even better now tackling fences.
Selections: BATHIVA, SHUT THE BOX
16.10 – Newton King Estate Agents Handicap Chase – 2m7f
The Philip Hobbs-trained FROM THE HEART won over C&D last winter and was a game winner of a competitive handicap chase at Chepstow when last seen, seeing off the useful Antony in the process. A 5Ib hike doesn’t look inconceivable and he is expected to be thereabouts at the business end.
Harry Fry’s EARTH LEADER looks most interesting having won plenty of races between the flags and lost little in defeat when second behind Virak under rules last time. An opening handicap mark of 117 might well have underestimated him and he’s got the potential and scope to do well in this sphere for connections.
Selections: FROM THE HEART, EARTH LEADER
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