Through The Card: Taunton, Friday December 30

There is jumps racing from Taunton on Friday
There is jumps racing from Taunton on Friday

Timeform take you through the card at Taunton on Friday.


13:00 - MIGHTY MISSILE (2) has every chance of reversing recent C&D placings with Beau du Brizais on these revised terms, and is taken to strike at the third time of asking for his new yard with Harry Teal claiming a valuable 7 lb. Beau du Brizais is greatly respected despite his penalty, however, as he's still low mileage and the Philip Hobbs yard shows an £11.16 profit to a £1 level stake with hurdling favourites since the start of the 2011/12 season. Baron du Plessis and Demographic also come into the reckoning.

13:30 - SONG OF THE NIGHT (2) is one of several who arrive in excellent form, but he's arguably the most progressive of them and, as such, is taken to go one better than his narrow defeat over C&D last time. Yur Next and Distant Sound came clear at this track 10 days ago and are expected to figure prominently once more, but PEAL OF BELLS (6) could well prove the biggest danger to Song of The Night on her first start for the in-form Harry Whittington stable.

14:00 - This looks a warm novice hurdle. The first place to start is the promising DASHING OSCAR (1) who has won his last two and should be suited by the step up to 19 furlongs. Doncaster winner The Unit looks the main danger ahead of Phobiaphiliac (who must bounce back from a blowout at Newbury), though don't rule out Clo Sacre, whose trainer Paul Nicholls won both division of this race in 2011 with Black Thunder and Salubrious and who's saddled placed horses each year since.

14:30 - ALTESSE DE GUYE (4) made a seamless transition to chasing when second to Return Flight from a long way back at Taunton last time, looking comfortably ahead of her mark, so she's taken to go one better in this slightly less competitive affair under the in-form Andrew Tinkler. Behind The Wire's first go at chasing wasn't quite so convincing, but improvement is still expected, and Precious Ground can be trusted to run his race, so also looks sound Placepot material (as well as the selection).

15:00 - DUSKY LEGEND (1) has to concede 3 lb to a couple of promising mares in Coillte Lass and Theatre Territory, but her form is rock solid so she rates the percentage call in what should be an informative contest.

15:30 - A tricky final leg of the Placepot. KERROW (5) shaped well on his first go over fences at Chepstow and has strong claims if building on that here. He's given the nod to give Alan King a quick-fire double after Dusky Legend in the previous race, though Paul Nicholls' BOA ISLAND (3) is also taken for security. Silver Commander is another likely one.

16:00 - The best bet of the day - though only small stakes advised - could come in the last race. Compiling a case for BADILOU on his 2016 efforts is nigh on impossible, but he's thrown-in on his earlier French form and this drop back in trip could prove the catalyst for a revival. He looks worth chancing at around 15.014/1. Those looking for a safer conveyance should consider Shaddaii, while three-year-old Silver Streak is another to consider in receipt of a handy age allowance.

Placepot permutation:

Win back BADILOU in the 16:00

13:00 - 2
13:30 - 2, 6
14:00 - 1
14:30 - 4
15:00 - 1
15:30 - 3, 5

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