Today’s meeting at Taunton always looked likely to be a profitable one for Paul Nicholls and David Pipe and to it proved. Big Fella Thanks won the novice hurdle and should make a decent chasing prospect next season form Paul Nicholls. Commander Vic scored a welcome success for our list to follow at 4/1 in the conditional jockey’s handicap hurdle.
Turning to tomorrow’s action I am hoping that Bertie May can make a winning start to his hurdles career in the 1.20 at Exeter.. He has shown a good deal of promise in bumpers and has the scope to improve.
Theatre Diva was a bit of a standing dish at Ludlow last seaon when trained by Henry Daly, recording form figures of 2121 ay the track. She has since moved to Venetia William’s yard. Theatre Diva makes her chase debut in the 3.20 at Exeter and a continuation of her hurdling form would make her hard to beat.
Ballabriggs has finished runner up on his last two outings. He runs over a longer trip in the 2.30 at Leicester and this may enable him to get his head in front.
Khasab took a heavy fall when well in contention at Chepstow on his last run. He has to shoulder top weight in the 3.30 at Leicester but the last 3 winners of the race have all carried over 11 stone so I would not rule him out if the fall has not dented his confidence.
Kealshore Boy represents our list to follow in the 2.10 at Newcastle. This represents a drop in class for him and he should be on the premises.