Higgs On Horses

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17th April
Did you miss me last week?
Well I took the opportunity to head to Rome, mainly to hide in a dark cupboard in the Vatican and escape the backlash from my ill-advised Grand National meeting selections.  I did get one thing right and that was that Tiger Roll would win and everyone would be in awe of this little horse.  It left me thinking, when does a price not become value.  I could have followed my original thoughts and backed the little fella at 9/2 yet I deserted him and went looking for better value, what a plonker Rodney!  The Grand National isn’t the race it used to be and class is more prevalent nowadays – note to self for next year!
This is my season finale and time to tally up the Horses To Follow list – 29 bets, 6 winners, and a level stake loss of 4 points.  My individual weekend selections and systems returned a healthy 21 point profit so over the season we added 17 points to the betting coffers.  The stars of the show were Paisley Park and Lady Buttons and the system highlight was backing Venetia Williams over the Yuletide period.
Of the horses in the H on H army At Its Own Expense became the highest rated Taunton Racing Club horse at 125 and doubled that with a win at our local track – kerching!  Goodgirlteresa thrived over the Winter months and won twice in a week.  Lester Kris was a purchase half way through the season and he may have one more run before going on his Summer holidays.  The biggest disappointment was Born To Size.  I was so looking forward to getting him on the track, he had tons of ability, but wind issues caused his retirement along with Norse Light who did not fire at all and is living the life of Riley in Worcester.  I now go into the Summer with Moneta in the newly formed Byerley Racing Club, she looks half useful and should give the members plenty of good days out. 
To the end of year accreditations and all other things being equal Richard Johnson OBE will be crowned Champion jockey for the fourth time and Paul Nicholls will regain the Trainer’s title from his old rival Nicky Henderson.  The H on H horse of the year is Altior who remains unbeaten in 18 consecutive runs.
So there you have it 6 months in a nutshell and during my little chat with His Eminence last week I asked him if he thought it was good enough?  His reply was “Martin, there is always room for improvement, but profit is what we are looking for and somehow you managed it.  So come out of the cupboard, go and enjoy the Summer my friend and next season don’t forget to text me when you unearth another Paisley Park”.
Re-assuring words for this wannabe Gladiator!
STOP PRESS..Taunton hold their final race meeting of the season next Wednesday 24th April. It’s an evening meeting with the first race 5.30pm, early bird discounted admission tickets are available on their website – www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk.  Be there or be square!

Racing Abandoned

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Following an exceptionally dry extended summer the racing scheduled for 31st October has been abandoned due to hard ground on parts of the course.

The course has been vertidrained and irrigated as much as resources allow but only 49mm of rain has fallen on the course since 24th September with 35mm of that on the weekend of 13/14 October.

There has been no measurable rainfall here since 16th October.


Next Fixture

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Wednesday 30th October

Gates open at 11.30am with the First Race at 1.30pm

  • Giant Screen
  • Free Car Parking
  • Admission on the day: £18
  • Accompanied children under 18 years of age admitted free – proof of age may be required.

Buy your tickets online in advance and receive up to 40% discount here : https://tauntonracecourse.co.uk/racing-home/tickets-and-packages/

Join the RacePass 18to24 scheme free of charge and gain half price admission on the day at any Taunton fixture by following this link Once you have received your card just show it at the entrance to receive half price admission.

Courtesy Bus and Directions

A courtesy bus supplied by Berrys Coaches will depart the Railway Station from the main ticket office entrance (platform 5 side)  two hours before the first race and return 30 minutes after the start of the last race.

A ticket will be issued to those people using the bus from Taunton allowing priority for the return trip. There is no guarantee of a seat for those without a return ticket.

Follow this link for directions to Taunton Racecourse

Going and Weather

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Updated 24th April

Good, Good to Firm in Places 

(GoingStick:7.0 on 24-04-2019 at 06:30)

Away bend moved out by 8 yards and the bend into home straight out by 1 yard from innermost positions.
Effect on distances:
Race 1,2,5 & 6 adds approx 30 yards
Race 3 & 4 adds approx 54 yards

7mm rain last Monday. Dry and very warm since. Dry overnight and currently dry.
Showers/light rain this morning clearing by mid-afternoon, 3-5mm possible before racing.

Watering (In Progress) – Watered since last Monday, with 39mm applied.
A further 5mm being applied selectively this morning.

After an inspection with the BHA Inspector of Courses the Steeple Chase course was found to be Firm, and with no significant rainfall forecast between now and racing, the Steeple Chase races have been abandoned.

For BBC Weather Forecast Follow this link.

The Entries are In

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Trainers have now entered the horses under their charge and will declare them to run the day before the meeting.

Click Here to see the horses entered for racing on Thursday 4th April.