LOCAL race trainer Jeremy Scott and his jockey Lorcan Williams enjoyed a chase double at Exeter on Monday, bringing his total of winners for the current season to 19, writes Richard Walsh..

The Exmoor handler’s first success at Exeter came in the 2.20pm when Joe Cotton won the Novice’s Handicap Chase over two miles three furlongs under Williams going off at 100-30.

His second winner came two hours later when Williams rode Bampton Star to victory in the three mile chase going off at 7-4.

Racing has continued this week despite the atrocious weather. It seems that it has been raining almost non-stop throughout February and March. The forecast for tomorrow (Sat) is 65 per cent rain with a high of 12C. There looks to be more of the wet stuff on Sunday and Monday.

Meanwhile, Cheltenham based trainer Fergal O’Brien notched up a double at Taunton Racecourse on Tuesday afternoon.

His first success came in the second race on the card when Ryan’s Rocket under Paddy Brennan going off as 8-13 favourite , ahead of the David Pipe trained Manuelito ridden by Jack Tudor.

O’Brien’s second winner came in the fifth when Connor Brace rode Wolf Prince to victory going off at 12-1.

Taunton race again on Thursday 11th April when they host the Roarsome Easter Holiday Family Raceday when the first event goers to post at 1.30pm

The themed day features an Interactive Dinosaur Roadshow, Dino Face Painting, a Dino Trail and a Dino Race at 12.30pm.

To find out more and to book tickets on line in advance taking advantage of the discounts available if booked before noon on the day prior to racing log onto www.tauntonracecourse,co.uk

Taunton’s final meeting of the season is on the evening of Thursday 24th April when the action gets going out on the course at 5.25pm

Taunton Racecourse are hosting their ever popular Grand National Lunch on Saturday 13th April tickets for which are £39 per person which includes, a welcome drink, two course lunch and afternoon tea, full coverage of the National and supporting races, an in-house bookmaker competition.

The afternoon will be hosted by Martin Higgs and will provide an opportunity to watch the world’s most famous steeplechase with like-minded people.

For further details call Troy or Ryan at Taunton Racecourse on 01823 337172 (option 1) or book on-line at www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk

Unfortunately this Saturday’s meeting at Newton Abbot has had to be abandoned because of a waterlogged course, but there is racing over the Severn Bridge at Ffos Las on Sunday and Chepstow on Easter Monday.

The next meeting at Exeter Racecourse is on Sunday 7th April which is followed on Monday 8th by racing at Wincanton