Taunton Placepot: Tuesday December 30

There's a good card at Taunton this afternoon
There's a good card at Taunton this afternoon

Taunton provide the national hunt racing this afternoon and that is where we head for Tuesday's attempt at the Placepot...

13:00- A tricky opening contest in the Placepot and we will keep a couple on side. Worldor has hinted at a revival lately, looking as if he is capable of cashing in on a falling mark, and he has been well supported in the market this morning. He defied a much higher mark than his current one in Ireland two years ago and has to be respected. Rolling Dough is holding her form well at present, finishing placed on her three most recent outings, and she has a more solid-looking profile than many of her rivals. 

13:30- Cash Injection enjoyed a good spell last season, following up a win with three placed efforts, and he looks to be as good this season based on his latest third over C&D. He should remain competitive and is the first horse that we will turn to. We will also add Midnight Request to the permutation as he has some solid low-grade handicap form to his name and Tom Scudamore takes over from an amateur rider.

14:00- French recruit Aso has already shown himself to be a fairly useful hurdler, winning at Warwick before running to a similar level in defeat at Sandown, and he sets a good standard here. A repeat of his best should suffice and he is difficult to oppose in the Placepot.

14:30- Allez Vic probably should have won at Chepstow on Saturday having conceded first run, but he can make amends here, clearly well handicapped racing off the same mark. Allez Vic was an improving type for his previous trainer, and seems to have continued on the up for his new yard, so really should be capable of winning this. 

15:00- Tara Point impressed with her jumping and smooth-travelling style at Sandown and really should be up to winning this. She did have a hard race in testing conditions, though, and is likely to dominate the Placepot pool, so could be worth opposing in the hope of an upset with Tara Mist and The Govaness. Tara Mist was useful in bumpers and won with plenty up her sleeve at Ludlow, while The Govaness was similarly talented in bumpers and has been shaping better than the bare result would indicate over hurdles so far. They remain open to improvement and could lay down a challenge if the short-price favourite doesn't bring her A-game.

15:30- Howlongisafoot looked to take well to chasing when finishing runner-up at Sandown and he should put up a bold bid with the step up in trip expected to play to his strengths. He boasts a relatively unexposed profile, particularly as a stayer, and is likely to go close. We will bank on Paul Nicholls' charge finishing in the first two.

Recommendations:
13:00- 8, 11
13:30- 2, 3
14:00- 1
14:30- 1
15:00- 10, 12
15:30- 2
= 8 lines

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