13.55 Taunton 

Jane and Chester Williams have been among the winners of late and they have an excellent chance with HONNEUR D’AJONC (best price 11-8) who impressed at Hereford a fortnight ago and can use that confidence-booster victory to springboard to further success, starting here. 

His debut second to Monmiral at Exeter, beaten only five-lengths, looks top-class form based on the fact that the winner won on his next three outings, including a Grade 1 at Aintree and is now favourite for the Fighting Fifth Hurdle. Jane Williams’ charge looked set to score impressively next time out until falling at the last and that seemed to knock his confidence as he was well beaten in the Adonis next time. However, connections started him out in France last month, clearly using that as a prep run to get him ready for a return to UK hurdling and he demonstrated a good turn of foot to score at Hereford by six-lengths. That will have done his confidence the world of good and, with improvement to come, this unexposed four-year-old’s proven fitness and turn of foot should prove to be the deciding factor in the outcome of this affair as the favourite looks a bit one-paced from what I have seen. 

Honneur D’ajonc  - 1pt @ 11/8

14.05 Fakenham 

ALIOMAANA (best price 9-4) earned compensation for a last hurdle fall with the race at her mercy when hammering her opposition back at Perth last month and, with a similar performance, she should be more than capable of defying a penalty with her trainer Milton Harris operating at an outstanding 38% strike-rate in the last two weeks (5-13).

I have liked how much improvement he has made over hurdles, finishing an excellent third on debut in this sphere before having the race in the bag when taking a tumble next time. It was great to see her put that mishap aside when cruising to a twenty-nine length victory last time and she should launch another bold bid from the front

Aliomaana  - 1pt @ 9/4