17:40 Hexham Sat 16 June 2018

  • Marie Curie Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 48y, Good (Good to Firm in places)
  • 13 Runners
  • Winner£4,809.002nd£1,412.003rd£706.004th£353.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 12.2sOff time:17:41:08
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1
611-12OR: 110D
11/4

Back from 11 months off the track and has left David Dennis since finishing a distant third of six on handicap debut at Cartmel (2m1f soft); not obviously well treated.

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2
711-11OR: 109CD
11/1

Bought for £8,000 after winning a C&D seller for Brian Ellison last month (2m good); form that has been franked since. Well suited by a sound surface, so potentially a decent little purchase.

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4
811-9OR: 107D
11/1

A six-time winner on the Flat (1m2f-2m) but not since leaving the care of David O'Meara. Unconvincing over hurdles so far (0 from 6) with the over-riding impression being that he doesn't relish jumping obstacles; trainer saddles three other runners.

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5
1111-9OR: 107
25/1

Veteran who finished runner up off this mark over 2m2.5f at Market Rasen on Boxing Day (soft), but has disappointed since; probably needed his recent comeback run. Never won away from Market Rasen.

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6
511-8OR: 106
7/1

Now an 11-race maiden, but has done precious little wrong of late finishing runner up on his last two starts; beaten a neck over C&D latest by Mr Snoozy (runs at Aintree on Friday); up a further 1lb.

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7
711-7OR: 105
8/1

14-race maiden who has shown no form in each of his last two outings; lost his action when pulled up at Warwick in May (2m good); unlikely winner.

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8
911-7OR: 105BFCD
10/1

C&D winner (novices) who is a hardy horse (one-eyed); off the track since late January when a beaten 2/1f at Sedgefield (2m5f soft) so can be expected to need this race on ground which is likely plenty quick enough.

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10
1011-6OR: 104D
13/2

Had wind surgery in the not too distant past, and returned to some sort of form with a well held 8L second to dual subsequent scorer Oskar Denarius at Southwell latest (25/1); up 2lb but is ground versatile.

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11
610-12OR: 96
80/1

Makes her handicap debut after three rather tepid attempts over hurdles; far from convincing in the jumping stakes and her trainer saddles three other runners.

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12
610-9OR: 93
16/1

Has bits and pieces of 2m bumper/novice hurdle form which implies that she should be capable of winning races from this mark; beaten just shy of 15L at Perth last month (2m good) on her first start since September 2017.

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13
810-6OR: 90CD
9/1

Seems to like this track with both of her hurdle wins coming over C&D; raised 8lb for her 5L defeat of Budarri last month and still sits at the right end of the handicap.

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14
Kisumup,t17
610-2OR: 86
20/1

Like one of his stablemates (Calypso Delegator), he could come on for a recent Hexham run (same race), especially with a tongue tie applied. However, he's 0 from 29 during his career, so the percentage call is to oppose.

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15
510-2OR: 86
40/1

Entitled to need the run here in May, when finishing a never nearer seventh of 11 to Back To Balloo (2m good), but remains a maiden over hurdles (0 from 8) and tailed off back on the Flat latest.

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3
Mr Kite27
711-10OR: 108
T: S CorbettJ: James Corbett
9
Back To Balloo25
1211-6OR: 104
T: P WinksJ: Ryan Winks

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Betting

Forecast

Included (11/4), Minella Fiveo (13/2), Red Ochre (7/1), Alexander The Grey (8/1), Back To Balloo (8/1), Cherry Princess (9/1), Wazowski (10/1), Newstart (11/1), Big Thunder (11/1), Sense Of Urgency (16/1), Mr Kite (16/1), Kisumu (20/1), Bowie (25/1), Calypso Delegator (40/1), It's All About Me (80/1)

Verdict

Not difficult to build a logical case for a number of these runners including the C&D winners Back To Balloo, Cherry Princess and Newstart, and furthermore Minella Fiveo was beaten by a dual subsequent winner at Southwell in April, whilst Red Ochre seems to be getting ever closer to shedding the maiden tag so essentially a very difficult looking getting out stakes. Therefore, it takes a leap of faith to put up SENSE OF URGENCY as the selection; that said, she's surely capable from this sort of mark on her bumper/novice hurdle runs and a recent spin at Perth should see her much more competitive today off a handy 2lb lower mark.
  1. Sense Of Urgency
  2. Red Ochre
  3. Cherry Princess

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