Taunton afternoon racing tips: Best bets for Tuesday, February 20

Off to the Somerset countryside for the afternoon meeting at Taunton on Tuesday, February 20 and the Planet Sport tipsters are on the hunt for more winners.

We kick off with some details on our four selected horses at Taunton, with a full set of tips from the card at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget to check out the full racecard, results and live odds in Planet Sport's racing live centre.

Good luck and please gamble responsibly.

(Please be aware selections could become non-runners after article's first publication)


14:40 (Taunton) Golden Move

Paul Nicholls and Harry Cobden have some fine chances at Taunton and Triumph Hurdle entry Golden Move makes his debut for the Ditcheat team in the Royal Bath & West Of England Society Maiden Hurdle.

A winner on the Flat for Richard Fahey, he was bought for 215,000 guineas at the autumn sales and as a 20/1 shot for the Festival, connections will be hoping he makes a seamless switch with the big day in mind.


15:40 (Taunton) Inca De Lafayette


Inca De Lafayette is another strong prospect for Nicholls and Cobden in the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Hurdle.

The six-year-old has won two of his three starts this term, with his only defeat coming when pulled up at Huntingdon in November.

He bounced back to winning form at this track last month, travelling well over two miles and three furlongs before keeping on to see off Mr Freedom by a length and a half.

Nicholls switches him back to two miles here, but having won over the distance on his seasonal bow, that is not a concern.


16:10 (Taunton) Lalor

Former Grade 1 winner in his prime Lalor could prove hard to beat having posted a smart second on hunters chase debut at Wincanton tackling 3m1f two weeks back.

Dinny Lacey showed plenty of ability in an Irish point-to-point finishing second over 3m and makes for appeal.

Lieutenant Rocco produced a fair fourth tackling the cross-country fences at Cheltenham two runs back and may go close. Macklin shouldn't be dismissed either


16:45 (Taunton) Lady Balko

Lady Balko arrives in strong form with a Leicester second preceding a 19 length victory in a 2m6f mares handicap hurdle at Hereford last week and has a top chance here.

Ginderella did well at Uttoxeter last month on testing ground when  second. Back up in journey and should be included on the shortlist.

Cooleenymore is of note producing a Wincanton third prior to a second at Leicester and is appealing.


Taunton selections in full:

TAUNTON: 2.10 Imperial Measure, 2.40 Golden Move, 3.10 Not At Present, 3.40 Inca De Lafayette, 4.10 Lalor, 4.45 Lady Balko.


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