Taunton Course Guide

Racing commenced at Taunton in 1927 and jumping takes place at the Somerset track throughout the winter months.

Some useful horses have started their hurdling and chasers careers at Taunton in the past, notably 2005 Triumph Hurdle hero Penzance and top two-mile chaser Well Chief whilst Oslot won on his first start in a 2006 Taunton Maiden Hurdle before going on to win the Galway Plate two years later.

Jumps Racing

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Right handed, sharp. Fences have been traditionally regarded as small and easy, yet surprisingly the casualty rate on the chase course is among the highest, contributory factors being the low quality of horses which contest the majority of races and the sharp nature of the course.

They’ve recently installed a reservoir at Taunton and you often get better winter ground there than in other parts of Britain. It’s a great course to ride and any number of good horses have made their debut there. Some of them won and plenty got beaten. It can be a trappy track for a jockey, as they tend to start racing from a long way out, and you run downhill to the third-last over fences and the second-last over hurdles. Novices can get caught out by those obstacles.

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Advance Going

  • Soft
    heavy in places

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14:10 Event Care Global Ltd Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 7f 198y)
White, red triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves and cap (Friends From Insurance)
  • Winner: Garrane
  • Jockey: Nick Scholfield
  • Trainer: J Scott
  • Owner: Friends From Insurance

14:40 Court Farm Butchers Maiden Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 104y)
Orange, orange and dark green diabolo on sleeves (Mrs P de W Johnson & Mr John M Cole)
  • Winner: Nelson's Touch
  • Jockey: Nick Scholfield
  • Trainer: J W Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs P de W Johnson & Mr John M Cole

15:10 Richard Williams Memorial Mares' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 104y)
Yellow, orange braces, yellow and grey halved sleeves, yellow cap, orange stars (Gale Force Three)
  • Winner: Kalarika
  • Jockey: Harry Cobden
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard
  • Owner: Gale Force Three

15:40 South West Racing Club Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (3m 4f 85y)
Brown, orange epaulets and star on cap (Mrs C J Dunn)
  • Winner: Regal Flow
  • Jockey: Sean Houlihan
  • Trainer: R H Buckler
  • Owner: Mrs C J Dunn

16:10 Invest Southwest Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 3f 1y)
Red, yellow stars, black sleeves, yellow stars, black cap, yellow star (Roberts, Churchward, Whittal-williams)
  • Winner: Vado Forte
  • Jockey: R T Dunne
  • Trainer: Tom Lacey
  • Owner: Roberts, Churchward, Whittal-williams

16:40 Roy Dunn Memorial Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 12y)
Red, white cross of lorraine, chevrons on sleeves, hooped cap (Moorland Racing)
  • Winner: Royal Act
  • Jockey: T J Phelan
  • Trainer: Miss Sarah-jayne Davies
  • Owner: Moorland Racing

17:10 Family Easter Raceday 26th March Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m 104y)
Pink, maroon star (Mrs Caren Walsh & Mrs Kathleen Quinn)
  • Winner: Cedar Valley
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Mrs Caren Walsh & Mrs Kathleen Quinn
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