14:00 Sedgefield Tue 15 May 2018
- Paxtons For Caseih Maxxum Signature Edition Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)
- 2m 178y, Good (Good to Firm in places, Watered)
- 13 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Not won since February 2016 (2m soft, Ludlow), but was beaten just 11L over C&D in November 2017 when finishing third to Main Fact, and has fallen another 4lb in the weights since.
Generally runs respectably enough over C&D when the ground is riding on the quick side; beaten ¾L by Bollin Line from a 3lb lower mark here in November. Back fresh from an extended break.
Lightly raced, but was well found in the market at Bangor latest (2m3f+ good to soft) when finishing 2L second to Centreofexcellence. Far from conclusive that this drop in trip will be in his favour, but respected in this grade.
Proved disappointing since stepping out of novice company and perhaps lacks the required size/scope to progress. Pulled up over C&D (heavy) in March; 3/1f, but hopefully quicker ground conditions will help to show him in a slightly better light.
Moderate on the Flat, but has found his feet over hurdles winning his last two starts, including over C&D last month (good). Raised 6lb for a game, honest 1½L beating of Fort Jefferson.
Irish import who hasn't shown much in the way of worthwhile form since joining this trainer. Fallen 32lb in the weights over hurdles over a period of ten months (since July 2017). Not really tested on very quick ground previously.
Has some minor placed form in bumpers, but never involved in three starts over hurdles (novices) last season. Off since October 2017, but shouldn't be inconvenienced by quick ground on handicap debut. Improvement needed, but market helpful.
Modest on the Flat (62-rated), and hasn't looked any stronger in five starts over hurdles. Well beaten at Ludlow just last week (2m good).
Finished a poor third at this track in maiden company in May 2017 (2m1f), and the switch to handicaps has brought about next to no improvement. Difficult to see how he can be involved positively.
Came good at the 36th attempt at Southwell (1m7½f, good) in November, with the runner up Vado Forte a three-time winner since. Reverted to type next time, but has previous respectable C&D form, so couldn't be ruled out off this lowly mark.
An 18-race maiden who has tumbled in the weights over the past 12 months. Off since August, switched stables and has had wind surgery. Trainer has a strong recent record of improving such lowly rated, newly acquired horses.
Not shown a great deal of promise since returned from a 26-month absence in late February, and is now a 13 race maiden. Faced a difficult task at the weights in a Hexham seller latest (finished seventh of 13).
Hard to draw any real positives from her bumper/hurdles and Flat starts so far. Makes her handicap debut over hurdles on the back of a run at Catterick last month (7f).
Last Year's Winner
|Too Many Diamonds||6||10-5||4/5|
|T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton|
Miss Benefitz (4/1), For Jim (9/2), Rockliffe (9/2), Hear The Chimes (8/1), Handy Hollow (9/1), Fighting Back (11/1), Strong Team (12/1), Hey Bob (14/1), Simply Business (16/1), Russian Rascal (18/1), Dollar And A Dream (25/1), Baraboy (28/1), Helf (50/1), Millie The Minx (50/1)
- Miss Benefitz
- For Jim
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