14:50 Taunton 20 Mar 2017

Bathwick Tyres Bridgwater Novices' Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

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13
iT
Dark blue, white sleeves, dark blue diamonds and cap (Axom Lxv)

High Secret (IRE)  43 

b g High Chaparral - Secret Question (Rahy)

6 11-6
133
6 11-6
133

Useful on Flat (stays 17f) for Sir Mark Prescott and made light of 16-month absence to score on hurdles bow over C&D in January. Good third in stronger race at Musselburgh since and the one to beat.

Useful on Flat (stays 17f) for Sir Mark Prescott and made light of 16-month absence to score on hurdles bow over C&D in January. Good third in stronger race at Musselburgh since and the one to beat.

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High Secret Score: 333

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2
9-135
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Dark blue, light blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap (Mrs Diana L Whateley)

Resolution Bay 68 

b g Presenting - Parthenia (Night Shift)

5 11-6
128
5 11-6
128

Made winning start over hurdles at Exeter in November, justifying good support. Better form when third at Ascot next time and perhaps worth forgiving a lesser run in a handicap here since.

Made winning start over hurdles at Exeter in November, justifying good support. Better form when third at Ascot next time and perhaps worth forgiving a lesser run in a handicap here since.

Resolution Bay Score: 398

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3
F1-132
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Emerald green and red diabolo, white sleeves, emerald green diamonds, white cap, red diamond (Million in Mind Partnership)

Boagrius (IRE)  16 

ch g Beneficial - Greenhall Rambler (Anshan)

5 11-0
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5 11-0
-

Winning pointer who looked a useful prospect when landing Catterick bumper in December. Promising third on hurdles debut in January but disappointing when remote second at Doncaster since.

Winning pointer who looked a useful prospect when landing Catterick bumper in December. Promising third on hurdles debut in January but disappointing when remote second at Doncaster since.

Boagrius Score: 319

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4PPF
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White, black cross of lorraine, chevrons on sleeves, black and white quartered cap (Mr L J Burden)

Merchant In Milan (IRE)  11 

b g Milan - Azaban (Be My Native)

5 11-0 t
-
5 11-0 t
-

Yet to show anything in points and a couple of starts over hurdles.

Yet to show anything in points and a couple of starts over hurdles.

Merchant In Milan Score: 230

5
8/F
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White, purple hoop and sleeves (The French Connection)

Treasure The Ridge (IRE)  18 

b g Galileo - Treasure The Lady (Indian Ridge)

8 11-0 t1 p
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8 11-0 t1 p
-

Fairly useful on the Flat at his best, but behind when falling last back over hurdles here earlier this month. Tongue strap on first time.

Fairly useful on the Flat at his best, but behind when falling last back over hurdles here earlier this month. Tongue strap on first time.

Treasure The Ridge Score: 275

6
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White, royal blue braces and sleeves (The Crafty Six)

Enmeshing (58F) 

ch g Mastercraftsman - Yacht Club (Sea Hero)

4 10-7
-
4 10-7
-

Fairly useful on Flat (stays 1½m), winning Lingfield maiden in January on final start for James Fanshawe. Should be up to making an impact over hurdles.

Fairly useful on Flat (stays 1½m), winning Lingfield maiden in January on final start for James Fanshawe. Should be up to making an impact over hurdles.

Enmeshing Score: 330

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7
0PP
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Grey, royal blue sleeves, cherry and white hooped cap (Mrs J B Floyd-Walker)

Fleur Du Weld 60 

ch m Weld - Midnight Walker (Exodal)

9 10-7 t1
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9 10-7 t1
-

Yet to show any ability in a trio of runs over hurdles.

Yet to show any ability in a trio of runs over hurdles.

Fleur Du Weld Score: 228

8
35642
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Light blue, dark blue seams, striped sleeves, red cap (Yeo Racing Partnership)

Smaoineamh Alainn (IRE)  108 

b m Shantou - Dathuil (Royal Academy)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Fair form in bumpers in Ireland ahead of this switch to hurdles for new stable with a hood added.

Fair form in bumpers in Ireland ahead of this switch to hurdles for new stable with a hood added.

Smaoineamh Alainn Score: 320

4
9
P
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White, royal blue stars and sleeves, royal blue cap, white star (Coral Champions Club)

Status Quo (IRE)  56 

b g Thewayyouare - Again Royale (Royal Academy)

4 10-7
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4 10-7
-

Fairly useful at up to 2m on Flat for Sir Mark Prescott, but no immediate promise over hurdles for new stable at Bangor in January. Clearly early days but bit to prove after that.

Fairly useful at up to 2m on Flat for Sir Mark Prescott, but no immediate promise over hurdles for new stable at Bangor in January. Clearly early days but bit to prove after that.

Status Quo Score: 295

10
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Black, white hoops, red sleeves and cap (West Buckland Bloodstock Ltd)

Thahab Ifraj (IRE)  (61F) 

ch g Frozen Power - Penny Rouge (Pennekamp)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Fair maiden on Flat (stays 1½m) for Ismail Mohammed, running creditably when placed in AW handicaps on both starts this year. Hurdling debut.

Fair maiden on Flat (stays 1½m) for Ismail Mohammed, running creditably when placed in AW handicaps on both starts this year. Hurdling debut.

Thahab Ifraj Score: 294

Verdict

The form of HIGH SECRET's third-placed finish at Musselburgh last month was boosted when the second went on to finish third to River Wylde in a Grade 2 at Kempton a couple of weeks later. With that in mind, the former useful Flat performer gets the nod ahead of Resolution Bay. The Philip Hobbs-representative was not at his best last time out but his form prior to that is solid. Boagrius was a beaten odds-on favourite last time out and he has something to prove today.

Verdict

HIGH SECRET produced a pretty useful effort when third in a decent race at Musselburgh on the back of his C&D hurdling debut success and should take a bit of stopping with further progress on the cards. Resolution Bay was a shade disappointing in a handicap here last time but a return to the form he showed at Ascot prior to that could see him fill the forecast spot ahead of Boagrius.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Good 12 All Set To Go 5 11 6 - 34-9140 60 days P Nicholls (31 miles) S Twiston-Davies 2/1 3:55.00
2015 (Div 1) Good to Soft 9 Perspicace 4 10 7 - 22722 158 days D Pipe (8 miles) T Scudamore 10/3 4:09.90
2015 (Div 2) Good to Soft 9 Vayland 6 11 0 - Z2Z-1YH4H 66 days D E Pipe (8 miles) T Scudamore 1/2 4:09.11
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