Papamoa delivers at Hexham
David John with the latest update on horses to follow in National Hunt Notebook 2012/13.
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The National Hunt Notebook 2012/13 is now a perfect two from two thanks to the win of Papamoa in the beginners' chase at Hexham on Friday.
Nick Alexander's grey had been noted on his chasing debut at the same track over an inadequate trip of two miles and looked to have plenty in his favour for his next outing.
It was a weak race on testing ground and the return to three miles were all perfect and the fact that the stable were in very good form all added to his chance.
Brian Harding had few problems as his mount jumped accurately and he readily strode clear approaching the home bend as his reserves of stamina began to kick in.
He looks quite a promising performer in the making and should add to his tally at the right level over the winter when conditions are in his favour.
I am hoping that things are going to pick up at the weekend when the Paddy Power meeting gets under way at Cheltenham in terms of entries as things have been rather uninspiring over the last couple of weeks.
One horse that could be worth keeping an eye on for further down the line is the Nick-Williams-trained Pinkneys Prince following his run behind Kings Lad at Wincanton.
He travelled notably well off the pace and was bang on the scene approaching the second last flight before dropping out of contention as the protagonists drew clear to fight out the finish.
He eventually came home well held in sixth place but looks to getting the hang of things over hurdles and needs one more run in novice company to get a handicap mark.
The son of Fair Mix could well have a future in that sphere once gaining a rating and looks a horse worth bearing in mind once given the opportunity beyond two miles.