13:45 Taunton

The fact we’ve only seen BUMPY JOHNSON (best price 4/1) six times under rules suggests he’s obviously had one or two issues here and there but, as he showed at Ffos Las last time out, he’s more than capable of running to a decent level and a repeat of something similar should see him easily outrun his odds. 

Running for the first time in 331 days and after a wind op at the Welsh track, David Pipe’s gelding held every chance two out in what looked a competitive heat beforehand and although he couldn’t quite match the main players in the closing stages, his effort was by no means a bad one on the figures. To back up that view, both the winner, The Changing Man, and fifth, Saint Segal, have regally advertised the form since and considering that was just his second outing in handicap company, his performance deserves upgrading. 

Despite his career-high display, the son of Imperial Monarch has amazingly been dropped by the assessor since and now running in a lower grade, it would come as something of a surprise if he wasn’t bang on the scene when the prizes are being dealt out. 

Bumpy Johnson - 1pt @ 4/1
Bumpy Johnson top 3 finish - 1pt @ 1/1

14:50 Taunton

IRISH HILL (best price 15/8) has proved a model of consistency since switching his attentions to the Winter game and following another solid performance on his return to action at Fontwell last time out, Paul Nicholls’ gelding looks booked for another bold show. 

Winner of two of his five races last season, including one on his only start over today’s C&D, the son of Kingston Hill was well-supported to add to his tally at the Sussex venue off a 190-day break and although he came away from the contest with great credit, he couldn’t quite peg back Quinta Do Mar, who obtained first run. 

Very strong in the latter stages 11 days ago, today’s extra yardage counts as a large positive and hailing from a stable that virtually everything they run is putting in a good shift, the four-year-old should prove to be no different. 

Irish Hill - 1pt @ 15/8