Higgs On Horses at Taunton Racecourse…..

Taunton staged their last meeting of the season last week which coincided with the end of the National Hunt season.

Taunton wrapped it all up with their Ladies Evening.  Fine weather greeted the Ladies in their finery and the ‘Weekend for two in Paris’ was won by Emma, who was attending the races on her hen-do and is about to get married this June.

The bumper crowd enjoyed an eight-race card with some thrilling finishes and winners for local trainers Paul Nicholls and Joe Tizzard.  West Country based jockeys were also to the fore with Dave Noonan completing a double, Brendon Powell and Freddie Gingell both hitting the scoresheet and lastly but certainly not least Harry Cobden securing a welcome double (Meatloaf and Centara pictured) on the afternoon, who at the time was tussling with Sean Bowen for the jockey’s championship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the National titles were decided last Saturday at Sandown. The trainers title went to Irish trainer Willie Mullins, he amassed an incredible £3,326,135 prize money pot with only 28 winners.  An amazing feat and testament to the Irish dominance on all of our top races.  He sealed the title by winning the Grand National, the Scottish Grand National and the Bet 365 Chase on Saturday all in the last month..enough said!

 

The jockey’s championship was a real treat with Harry Cobden and Sean Bowen going head-to-head for the last 2 months.  They are the best of mates and some of the media footage they participated in during the final month or so was highly entertaining and credit to them for fitting these commitments in whilst trying to hold up such a punishing riding schedule.  Harry Cobden finally secured the title last Friday with a couple of wins at Chepstow, allowing him to enjoy Sandown on Saturday. Well done to both of them and rest assured it won’t be long before Sean has his day and they both now deserve a well-earned break.

Patrick Wadge was the Champion conditional and JP McManus won the owner’s title by a considerable distance, with over two and half million pounds won in prize money. He owned 62 winners with the Munir/Souede partnership closest to him with 20 winners. His support and contribution to UK racing at all levels cannot be over-estimated.

With regards to our Horses to Follow.. JPR One was a highlight when winning at Lingfield in January at the rewarding odds of 6/1 and with others just ticking over we were left with a very modest profit. The highlight of the season has to be Corbett’s Cross (advised at 3/1) at Cheltenham and I Am Maximus (advised at 8/1) winning the Grand National, both of these put us in front for the season.

We have had a very good season at Taunton, only losing our Saturday January meeting due to frost, and have entertained some lovely horses including Cheltenham Festival winner Golden Ace (pictured). 

 

 

We continue to be well supported by the top trainers and plenty of high-profile horses have plied their trade with us early in their careers  long may it continue.

Well, I’m off for a break and I wish you all an excellent Summer.. For your interest the Taunton 2024-25 season commences on Thursday 14th November, make sure you pencil it in !