Won by a neck last time and only nudged up 5lb for that victory and now takes on potentially easier competition in a mares novice hurdle.
Conor Rabbitt takes the mount again and trainer Nicky Richards has been getting plenty of winners in and this looks easy enough for the seven-year-old.
2.58: Tfou & Brayhill reverse forecast
The two at the head of the market for this one won on their chase debuts and it’s difficult to split them.
Tfou was an impressive tipped winner for trainer Nicky Richards but Brayhill has the champ Brian Hughes on board and is running for the second time since a wind op which could spur even more improvement.
The same can be said for the six-year-old Tfou who learned a lot over fences for the first time and is upped in trip signalling potential for another waited run.
Taunton racing tips
1.45: Bumpy Johnson 3/1
Jet Of Magic looks to be the pick of the five runners given his win last time out under Harry Cobden but the market suggests there’s not much to split the majority of the field.
And Bumpy Johnson on his second run since wind surgery looks the better value not under a penalty and first time claimer.
The six-year-old bumped into graded winner Stage Star two starts ago in a novice hurdle last November and now looks to build on that encouraging seasonal debut from a lengthy lay-off.
Came fourth last time in a Class 3 handicap giving weight to the eventual winner and rated just behind the others ahead – should benefit from this trip and was unlucky over this distance when pointing.
2.20: Huelgoat 13/8
Paul Nicholls could see a few winners today with Huelgoat in this one in the Owners Group colours.
He’s on track to rattle off a great five-timer having taken to fences extremely well and improving with each run.
Harry Cobden seems to get the best out of him and this five-year-old could have a bright future if keeping up to this level.
2.50: Petrastar 16/1
A great each-way chance to the D J Jeffrey’s-trained horse who could arguably be on a very dangerous mark.
Was 16/1 last time out and found Manor Park too good when carrying 12-0 in a Class 4 hurdle.
Drops again in the ratings which could be beneficial in this bigger field and back to a trip that suits.
Went as high as 131 in the ratings in 2020 but finished last of seven in each graded attempt but certainly shows there’s more to offer down 17lb.
Irish Hill looks dangerous for the Nicholls x Cobden combination on his second run since a wind surgery and could have more to offer today.
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