Taunton

  • 14:20 Betfair Brings You Better Value Novices' Handicap Chase2m 110y

  • Winner £4,549 2nd £1,336 3rd £668 4th £334
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 5.60s
  • Off time: 14:20:20
14:20 Taunton Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Alpha Way (GER) 11/2
2nd Hes Our Lad (IRE) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 824-104 White, Royal Blue stars, Royal Blue and White striped sleeves, Red cap Lucy's Perfect 186
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 11-12 bt D Pipe C O'Farrell (3) 118 20/121.00
2 2U222F White, Dark Blue disc, Red sleeves, Dark Blue and White quartered cap Hes Our Lad (IRE) 42
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-11 A J Honeyball Rachael Green (5) 117 9/43.25
3 92-8031 Royal Blue, Yellow triple diamond, checked sleeves, Yellow cap Empress Orchid 23
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-11 D McCain Jnr Henry Brooke (3) 117 12/113.00
4 930-214 Pink, Dark Blue chevrons, hooped sleeves, Pink cap George Nympton (IRE) 24
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 11-9 Nick Williams J Reveley 115 9/43.25
5 68U4-31 Emerald Green, Orange chevrons, Emerald Green sleeves, Orange stars, Emerald Green cap Triple Bluff 30
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-5 Miss J du Plessis James Best (7) 111 7/24.50
6 PP4-11P Orange, Brown disc, Brown cap, Orange spots Alpha Way (GER) 29
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-9 T Symonds Felix De Giles 101 11/26.50

Verdict

Empress Orchid is improving over fences and stayed on stoutly to hold off Stopped Out at Wetherby last time. She can't be ignored while Triple Bluff was an easy winner over C&D last month, though probably doesn't have much scope for further improvement. GEORGE NYMPTON clearly didn't get home over 2m5f at Huntingdon on Boxing Day having looked to have built up a winning advantage on the turn for home. The drop in distance will suit and he makes more appeal than the consistent-but-one-paced Hes Our Lad and Lucy's Perfect, who lacks a recent run and was tailed off on her chasing debut in July. Alpha Way, pulled up at Ludlow last time, also has a bit to prove now.