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To kick things off our first eyecatcher of the year runs in a hunter chase at Taunton tomorrow. The horse in question has recently changed ownership and new connections are targeting at The Foxhunters at the Cheltenham festival. Read on to see how we rate his chances against his opposition over the Taunton fences...
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3.30 Taunton, Geoffrey Bosley ''Tally Ho'' Hunters Chase (Class 6) (0-150 6Y0+) 2M 7F 3Y
After three what may be considered to be disappointing runs in handicap chases this season, Captain Cattistock now tries his hand at hunter chases. Now in the ownership of the gentleman amateur rider; David Maxwell, the horse has his sights set on the Cheltenham Festival Fox Hunters AKA the amateurs Gold Cup. He steps out on the first step of his journey here in a class six race.
The horse’s runs in class two and three handicap chases would give him a very good winning chance in this grade. His jumping and galloping has been solid enough this season but he has consistently lacked a finishing kick at around three miles. In this race I would expect David Maxwell to lead/be handy and try and jump/gallop his opponents into submission.
Talking of his opponents, the gallant old campaigner Ultragold also has a first go at hunter chasing now at the age of twelve. He has been disappointing this season but could easily outclass this field if finding his old spark for Colin Tizzard. Buck Dancing has won five of his last six races at varying grades, the last one in a class three handicap. He looks the one most likely to find any chinks in Captain Cattistock’s armour. Bishops Road ran just OK at Cheltenham last time out in a hunter chase but was beaten by a wide margin. Wishing And Hoping has been in winning form in point to points, but previously had proved disappointing under rules.
At a price of 2/1 or better Captain Cattistock looks a solid win bet in this race but anything lower is questionable value as he could be vulnerable his lack of finishing pace at this slightly shorter trip and on good’ish ground.