12:41 Taunton

RUNSWICK BAY (best price 9-4) proved no match for impressive winner Bravemansgame at Exeter on his latest outing, but as the numbers of that race at the Haldon Park venue strongly suggested he’d run to a pretty high level, a repeat of something similar might be good enough to allow him to get off the mark over hurdles at the third time of asking.

A winner of a bumper on his debut at Wincanton last season, Emma Lavelle’s gelding made a promising start to his new career when runner-up at Exeter back in October and although he didn’t manage to go one place better a month later, he was obviously unlucky to bump into a rival who looks destined for bigger and better things in Graded company. Not short of pace based on the numbers produced 23 days ago, the son of Arvico looks set to keep the fine recent run of his stable going in the right direction.

Runswick Bay - 1pt @ 9/4

14:11 Taunton

KAUTO THE KING (NAP) (best price 5-2) was a shade disappointing when unable to build on an impressive debut success over fences at Hereford last time out but as things didn’t quite pan out for Colin Tizzard’s gelding that day, he’s worth another chance to get back on track.

Everything appeared to be going swimmingly at the Midland venue until a mistake at the final ditch knocked him out of his stride and although he rallied to hold every chance going down to the last, he didn’t have enough left in the locker to seal the deal on the run-in. Prior to that commendable effort, the son of Ballingary had been very impressive in capturing a novices’ handicap on his chasing debut at Wincanton and with the numbers and subsequent form for that race all having a solid feel, he should take all the beating if repeating the dose over a trip and track that will suit.

Kauto The King - 2pts @ 5/2

14:55 Thurles

MOLLY KAYE (best price 4-1) ran out a game winner over today’s C&D when last seen over hurdles and following another solid effort on the Flat at the Curragh two weeks later, Shane Duffy’s mare looks set to continue her fine run of form.

Following a similar path to when she ran up a fine sequence of results over a year ago, the daughter of Multiplex hinted a return to better times when runner-up over hurdles at Gowran in early October and that effort was a springboard to her success here 20 days later. Returning to the level in a bid to take advantage of her wellbeing and handicap rating at the Curragh last time out, she only just failed to get the better of the in-form Arcland, but now back on a slightly better surface and racing over a track she clearly enjoys, the seven-year-old mare should once again give a good account.

Molly Kaye - 1pt e/w @ 4/1