Local punters have got a real  treat to look forward to on Friday when Taunton host their final meeting of the year when the seven race card gets going at 12.45pm.

With 90 runners declared and a going of good-good to soft in places all of the leading trainers including Paul Nicholls, Nicky Henderson, Dan Skelton, Philip Hobbs, Joe Tizzard, Fergal O’Brien, Alan King, Harry Fry and David Pipe have got horses running while leading jockeys Tom Scudamore, Tom O Brien, Harry Cobden, Paddy Brennan, Harry Skelton and Nico De Boinville are all booked to ride.

The big race on the day which is a Grade One event is The Byerly Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and half a furlong at 2.15, which has got eight runners.

The Harry Fry trained Credrojava and Lutinebella ridden by Paddy Brennan for Fergal O’Brian are likely to be favoured in this race.

One horse that is bound to attract a lot of attention is The Taunton Racecourse Owners Club members Royal Sam who goes in the 3.45pm.

Racegoers are reminded that if they purchase their tickets on-line in advance before 12 noon on Thursday they can take advantage of the generous discounts on offer.

A courtesy coach service departs from outside platform 5 of Taunton Railway Station 90 minutes before the off and returns from the course 30 minutes after the start of the last.

Tuesday was a good afternoon for west country steeplechasers and within the space of less than half an hour two local horses had romped to victory in two of the day’s biggest races.

First up it was the turn of Withypool based Nicky Martin when Two Amigos won the Coral Welsh Grand National a long distance chase of over three miles seven furlongs at Chepstow under David Pritchard going off at 16-1.

Shortly afterwards it was the turn of David Pipe to enjoy success when Remastered won the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase over three miles under Tom Scudamore at Kempton Park going off at 11-2.