16:00 Hexham Mon 17 September 2018
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- 2m 48y, Good (Good to Firm in places)
- 9 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Didn't appear to stay the trip (2m7f) on handicap debut at Market Rasen last month; displayed some promise in his earlier placed hurdling starts (albeit, comfortably held); cheekpieces applied over this vastly reduced trip.
Both career wins have come with cut underfoot, and this game one-eyed gelding is continuing to edge up the weights after a solid run of form; no track or trip worries (C&D winner).
Maiden, and a beaten 6/4f at Sedgefield in May (2m4f novices); shaped as if she needed the race on handicap debut at Cartmel (2m6f) last month; dropped 2lb and back to the minimum trip.
Capable from a mark of 100, as demonstrated when scoring at Wetherby in March 2017, and when chasing home the ill-fated (but then in-form) Skywards Reward at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) in April 2018; a shade more to do off this mark of 105.
Fair performer on Fibresand (1m4f-1m6f) for previous trainer Marjorie Fife, but hasn't shown much over hurdles for quite a while (ex-Dan Skelton); attractively weighted if this trainer is somehow able to halt the steady decline.
Now 10lb higher than when winning at Perth (2m, good) in July, but has acquitted himself well on similar quick ground since with placed efforts at Sedgefield and Uttoxeter; should be thereabouts.
Rebecca Menzies deserves some credit for the way she's handled this frustrating 9yo; made it 71st time lucky under an excellent ride from this 7lb claimer when winning at Cartmel (2m1f) last month; latest run ignored (came too quick); raised 3lb.
11-race maiden who has appeared regressive since leaving the care of Joseph O'Brien; tailed-off over C&D in June and absent since; dropped 4lb.
Dual C&D winner, but is now 10lb higher than when beating Budarri by 5L in June (good); likely to run her race with conditions favourable despite a three-month absence, but should find a couple stronger.
Last Year's Winner
|Take A Break||6||11-9||9/2|
|T: N J HawkeJ: Sean Bowen|
Strong Team (5/2), Wazowski (3/1), Suggestion (9/2), Xpo Universel (8/1), Cherry Princess (12/1), Samtu (12/1), Tickerty Boo (16/1), Jesse Jude (16/1), Mac Cennetig (20/1)
- Strong Team
- Cherry Princess
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