Racing tip of the day
George Primarolo believes Current Exchange can strike again in the Hunter Chase at Hexham this afternoon.
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Current Exchange - 4.30 Hexham
When you're growing up, your parents often give you the pearls of their wisdom, some of which sticks and some of which you forget pretty quickly. My Dad once said to me that one should never bet on the Flat until the Dante meeting at York.
A better bit of advice to an impressionable youngster may have been not to start betting in the first place but this particular gem stuck with me and always pops into my head in the early few weeks of the season.
Not that he ever stuck to it anyway. I'm guessing the idea was that both the formbook and the ground would have settled down by the middle of May and picking winners would somehow become easier as horses reached peak fitness.
This sort of idea is redundant now with the changes in training methods and the advent of the all-weather but, with my old man's words ringing in my ear, off to Hexham we go for today's tip where Current Exchange can strike again for Shropshire trainer Sheila Crow in the Linnels Bridge Open Hunters' Chase at Hexham.
The nine-year-old is now eight from 12 in point-to-points after a simple victory last time out and although he looked laboured when beating Court Red Handed at Leicester in his last Hunter Chase victory at Leicester, that now looks a lot better following the runner-up's fine run in the Foxhunters' at Aintree. You can see the replay of his Leicester victory here. Court Red Handed had also taken the scalp of former top-notch hurdler Punchestowns at Brocklesby Park earlier this season, so he is clearly no back number.
His trainer should be familiar to most punters as she trained Cappa Bleu to victory in the 2009 Foxhunters at Cheltenham. She has been sending out a stream of winners in the pointing field for the past quarter of a century and is one of the best in the business.
This isn't the strongest Hunter Chase that has ever been run and there don't look to be many serious challengers. Ocarina won this race last year and has been consistent all season so should rate the main danger, though the 12-year-old's form isn't as strong as our selection and he is a tougher opponent than anything Nick Alexander's gelding faced 12 months ago.