Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Taken to Heart at Newbury

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Taken to Heart at Newbury

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TWENTYTWO'S Taken can repay a nice chunk of her not inconsiderable price tag by landing the EBF & TBA Mares' 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle Race Finale at Newbury.

e seven-year-old changed hands for PS150,000 late last year after winning two bumpers in Ireland before being placed in a Listed heat behind Lyrical eatre, who has developed into a useful hurdler this term.

Twentytwo's Taken has not made such progress yet as while she struck gold for new handler David Pipe at Fakenham in January, she could not back that up next time as she was beaten 15 lengths at Plumpton.

Admittedly she raced far too keenly that day and paid the price at the 'nish, but her eager style of racing was not too much of a hindrance when getting back on track at Exeter last month.

e King's eatre mare ran out a cosy seven-length winner on that occasion and looked certain to be capable of even more in due course.

Clearly Twentytwo's Taken is not the easiest ride, but she has oodles of ability and it would be no surprise if she could put the pieces together in this Listed prize. …

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