Taunton Resolution Bay

Horse racing - Taunton - 11 Jan 14:40

This is a 19 furlong, Class 3, Handicap Hurdle. The forecast going is good.
Resolution Bay is a 5 year old gelding, trained by Philip Hobbs, ridden by Richard Johnson.
I know connections rate this horse quite highly and looking at the form he's already going some way to backing up expectations.
His first start this season was his hurdle debut, sent off the 13/8 favourite he completely justified the support to win by 4 lengths and with ease, it was an impressive performance and the SP has to be noted.
Last time out he was thrown in against two really smart types in Thomas Campbell & Criq Rock.
Sent off at 6/1 he was expected to get outclassed but he ran really well for 3rd, just 4 lengths off the winner Thomas Campbell (ran well in a Grade 2 since) and just 3/4 of a length behind the second Criq Rock (gone close again since).
I'm impressed by the fact this horse has had just the three starts so far and has managed to improve significantly with each start. He looks like a rapid improver so I'm expecting even better here.
I also like the fact connections were happy to take on Thomas Campbell & Criq Rock on just his second start over hurdles, backing up the fact they hold him in high regard.
That form last time out probably makes him the one to beat here anyway, that's without factoring in potential improvement, so how he's the 5/1 third favourite I don't know.
The good ground, step up in trip and having the champion jockey in the saddle are all bonuses.
I definitely expect him to go close given the form of his excellent 3rd last time out and 5/1 is good value.
Ladbrokes are offering odds of 6.00 with BOG+.
TopJockey +2059.35
Stake: 10 5.50Bet Victor
Bets Placed
SW

SW (+10,162.09) bet £20.00 on this tip.

7.50
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