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Taunton racing tip (1610): Singapore Saga to relish stamina test under bottom weight

A hunters’ chase can always be something of a betting minefield, and there will be a few among this 10-runner field with higher hopes than their odds might suggest.

16:10 Taunton: Jumping For Fun Open Hunters’ Chase (2 miles 7 furlongs)

Macklin is an interesting short-priced favourite as he hasn’t run under rules since winning over fences in France back in 2020, although four wins in six points outings last year probably lie behind his early market support.

Lalor looks likely to lead the challenge if able to build on a runner-up spot at Wincanton 19 days ago, while Lieutenant Rocco should not be discounted after twice being seen worthy of entry at the Cheltenham Festival, where he finished fourth as a 100/1 shot in last year’s Cross Country Chase

There are a few unknown quantities in the line-up who might fancy their chances of causing an upset, but our final nod goes to Singapore Saga, who had shown early promise under Philip Hobbs before switching to his current yard during an extended 19-month break that included wind surgery.

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He returned to action this time last year, stringing together figures of 2123, including an Exeter hunter last March, before bowing out with a pulled-up effort at Stratford in June, when the going was probably too fast for her.

The nine-year-old mare arrives off the back of a win and a third in points this winter, and with her jockey’s five-pound claim further enhancing her mare’s allowance, she could well have a say in what is likely to develop into a test of stamina.

Suggested best bet: Singapore Saga in the 16:10 at Taunton

 

 

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