Josh's Dreamway and Young Mags bid to defy handicap of top weights
Taunton host their second card of the season today when the first of the seven races gets under way at 1.10pm.
With a going of good, good to soft in places, and large fields declared, another exciting afternoon's National Hunt action looks to be in prospect for Westcountry punters.
First to post is the BHEST Racing Handicap Hurdle run over half a furlong more than three miles. Of the 16 runners, top weight Well Mett, the mount of Timmy Murphy, and Kayfrou, from the Nick Mitchell yard, both warrant an each way look.
Next up is the James Brown and Sons Mares' Handicap Hurdle over half a furlong under two and a half miles.
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The top two weights – Josh's Dreamway and Young Mags – are likely to receive considerable attention, but those looking for better value might prefer to go each way on Illysantachristina under five-pound claimer Robert Williams.
In the big race of the day, the Bathwick Tyres Beginners' Chase, which carries £9,000 in prizes, the likely picks seem to be Jayandbee from Philip Hobbs and Caminero, returning after a long lay-off under Brendan Powell.
The Setsquare Recruitment Novices' Hurdle over two miles one at 2.40pm will see The Romford Pele, the first of AP McCoy's three scheduled rides, of the day start as favourite. However, Push To Exit, trained by Caroline Keevil, is worth consideration each way.
The SIS Live Handicap Hurdle, another over two miles one furlong, is next to go to post. McCoy, riding Dormouse, is the likely favourite of the 16 runners, but First Morning with Nick Scholfield aboard is a good outside pick.
In The Michael Trickey Birthday Handicap Chase, which is dedicated to the long-serving clerk of the course, and run over just less than two and a half miles, Malin Head trained by Bob Buckler has to be fancied while Thirtytwo Red, ridden by James Best for Richard Woollacott, is worth taking each way.
The afternoon rounds off with the ATR Predictor Maiden Open National Hunt Flat race over two miles one looks to be between Hare In A Round and Noble Friend.
A reminder to those going to the meeting that a courtesy coach departs from Taunton railway station an hour before the first race, picking up at the bus station near the town centre soon after and returning from the course 30 minutes after the last race. For details, visit www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk