Taunton

  • 17:20 Merry Monk At Monkton Heathfield Standard Open NH Flat Race2m 1f

  • Winner £2,053 2nd £598 3rd £299
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 32.45s
  • Off time: 17:25:48
17:20 Taunton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Gallic Warrior (FR) 14/1
2nd August Hill (IRE) Evs

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 8 Maroon, Emerald Green and Maroon striped sleeves Gallic Warrior (FR) 17
Nag me
6 11-1 F O'Brien A P Cawley 14/115.00
2 8 PURPLE, EMERALD GREEN hoop, WHITE cap Higgsy 22
Nag me
5 11-1 M Hill Hadden Frost 50/151.00
3 14 Royal blue, red hoop, halved sleeves, red and white hooped cap Power Of God (IRE) 22
Nag me
5 11-1 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne (3) 9/25.50
4 U ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW sash, ROYAL BLUE sleeves, YELLOW stars, hooped cap Quick Brew 16
Nag me
5 11-1 Mrs S Gardner Lucy Gardner (5) 50/151.00
5 3 Light Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves, Light Blue cap, White diamonds Royal Palladium (FR) 30
Nag me
5 11-1 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 5/23.50
6 25 Pink, Maroon star August Hill (IRE) 32
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 10-8 P J Hobbs R Johnson Evs2.00
7 4 Black and Grey diabolo, chevrons on sleeves, Black cap Grapeshot Verse 20
Nag me
4 10-0 A J Lidderdale W Kennedy 25/126.00
Non runners
8Pandy410-0George BakerNon Runner

Verdict

AUGUST HILL was only fifth when favourite at Huntingdon last month but was only six lengths behind the winner, who landed the Lister mares' bumper at Sandown on Saturday. The Presenting mare is worth another chance as she's already gone close over this course and distance. Royal Palladium will almost certainly improve on his third at Warwick while point-to-point winner Power Of God was fourth on his debut under Rules at Ffos Las. Track and trip fourth Grapeshot Verse may be best of the rest unless there is any market support for George Baker's Flat-bred newcomer Pandy.