17:05 Hexham Sat 16 June 2018

  • Hadrian Healthcare Handicap Chase (Class 5)
  • 3m 41y, Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • 16 Runners
  • Winner£4,484.002nd£1,317.003rd£658.004th£350.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:6m 31.9sOff time:17:06:02
1
1011-12OR: 98CD
6/1
Hexham regular with form figures here since early 2017 reading 1,2,6,3,3,1. Running consistently well lately; 7L C&D winner on his penultimate start, so much respected despite a rising handicap mark.
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2
1311-12OR: 98CD
17/2
Rolled back the years when springing a 40/1 shock over C&D in April (Gibbstown second), but held by Apache Pilot on recent course form; six-time C&D winner.
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3
1011-12OR: 98D
4/1
Ran out when in contention on his sole previous Hexham start (3m, September 2016), and returned from a spell in the doldrums with a much improved run at Market Rasen earlier this month (2m5f good).
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4
711-9OR: 95
9/1
Back from 13 months off in rude health; unbeaten in two starts since her return to action (2m4f-2m6f hurdles), but the big question mark is whether or not she can replicate that type of form over fences (0 from 1).
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5
811-8OR: 94
20/1
Runner up here (2m4f) off a 6lb higher mark in October 2017, which followed her earlier win at Cartmel (2m5f good to soft); needs more based on her latest efforts, but this isn't a strong contest.
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6
711-5OR: 91D
8/1
Lightly raced under rules (hunters chase and hurdles) but equally doesn't appear to be overly progressive.
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7
1111-4OR: 90
20/1
Not won since November 2015 and just 1 from 23 over fences; tailed off over 2m4f here earlier in the month, which was disappointing after a much more creditable fourth placed effort immediately prior.
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8
For Yesb1,t8
911-3OR: 89CD
11/1
A three time point-to-point winner (in 22 starts), but a nine-race maiden under rules and posted a mulish effort in the 3m3f+ John Corbet Cup at Stratford last week; blinkers hastily added.
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9
1211-0OR: 86CD
14/1
Three of her five wins are over this C&D, and she saw them all off bar Chicago Outfit on her penultimate start (beaten 4½L); posted another solid run at Perth latest (3m), but raised a further 3lb.
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10
810-10OR: 82CD
6/1
Made it 20th time lucky when driven right out to take a modest novices handicap chase over C&D in May (7/2); 3lb higher in a better race.
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11
Emkaet140
1010-6OR: 78DWS
25/1
Not run under rules since February 2016, but has dropped 9lb in the weights. Raced in a couple of points last summer and competes following wind surgery with Brian Hughes booked to ride.
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12
910-6OR: 78D
25/1
12-race maiden under rules and off the track since running at nearby Corbridge in February (3m5f); blinkers now applied and can only realistically be considered based upon one single piece of C&D form (third; June 2017).
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13
1010-2OR: 74CD
50/1
Made his 100th career start when beaten 3½L by Frankie Ballou at Sedgefield in March, but he's hardly prolific and hasn't won since a Thomas Dowson masterclass over C&D in May 2017.
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14
910-0OR: 72
16/1
15-race maiden (0 from 4 over fences), and essentially appears to be devoid of ability; blinkers added.
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15
910-0OR: 69
33/1
24-race maiden (0 from 6 over fences); pulled up over C&D earlier this month and evidently holds no chance from out of the handicap.
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16
1310-0OR: 67
100/1
39-race maiden who is surely a lost cause now at the age of thirteen; no chance whatsoever from out of the handicap.
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Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Follow The Swallow (4/1), Inchcolm (6/1), Apache Pilot (6/1), Chanceiton (8/1), Chicago Outfit (17/2), My Escapade (9/1), For Yes (11/1), Gibbstown (14/1), Super Lunar (16/1), Dartford Warbler (20/1), Shine Away (20/1), Emkae (25/1), Tommy O'dwyer (25/1), Solway Trigger (33/1), Captain Sharpe (50/1), Blue Cove (100/1)

Verdict

A big field, but the bulk of those at the foot of the weights could have a lap start and still not be competitive. The likes of Apache Pilot, Chicago Outfit and Gibbstown have all been (and continue to be) creditable performers over C&D and should never be dismissed lightly. However in an open race we'll look elsewhere and beyond the obvious. Follow The Swallow is of interest after a better effort latest, but the nod goes to the Sue Smith-trained SHINE AWAY who looks to be fairly treated off a mark of 94.
  1. Shine Away
  2. Apache Pilot
  3. Follow The Swallow

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