16:05 Hexham Sat 12 May 2018
A Market Rasen hurdles winner in April, he certainly appears much stronger over timber than on the level. Not been seen since running at Nottingham on the flat last summer and starts life today with a new yard. Still 4lbs higher than that last win.
Had been in good form prior to latest effort at Kelso (3m2f, heavy) where he finished very tired and was discounted after the line. Runs off the same mark here back on better ground and dropping in trip and chances if returning to previous form.
Yet to win but a consistent sort who has been placed on his last four starts. Chances are he's handicapped bang on and is likely to run well again but may find the odd one too good.
Not won for a long time and two runs for this yard were both poor before the turn of the year. Hard to know what to expect again today but att he very least he is starting to look very well handicapped if it all clicks.
Plenty of bits of promise in three hurdles runs to date and moves into handicap company today on what could be an attractive mark. Cheekpieces go on for the first time and is of definite interest.
Won a mares novice contest at Wetherby on her second start under rules, though that was on Boxing Day 2016 and she hasn't been sighted since. Market likely to reveal plenty about expectations in belated follow-up attempt.
Races off a career high mark again today after being raised 7lb for not winning at Sedgefield two starts back. Really struggled last time and hard to be confident with headgear going on for the first time.
Can be a temperamental sort and hasn't shown much at all in recent times. Well beaten in a two runner point on return and is best watched here today unless the market suggest otherwise.
Hurdles winner over 3m at Southwell (good) back in October. Has been struggling in handicaps since but is down further in the weights and this is the easiest race he has contested for a while. Cheekpieces go on and fair claims if back to form.
Bumper winner here back in 2015. Returned from a long layoff over C&D (soft) three weeks ago and was well beaten. Should be fitter for that run and improvement is likely.
Recent spin over fences was poor but much better as a hurdler and this is more his bag. Only 1lb higher than latest win so can't be ruled out off a nice racing weight.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J C HaynesJ: Thomas Dowson|
Quest For Life (12/5), Nemean Lion (5/1), Arthurs Secret (5/1), Its Pandorama (8/1), Ten Trees (8/1), Well Smitten (9/1), Red Danaher (12/1), Moscanisi (16/1), Full Shift (25/1), Howwoulduno (25/1), Sigurd (40/1)
- Well Smitten
- Arthurs Secret
- Red Danaher
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