16:35 Hexham Sat 13 October 2018
0-8 over fences for previous trainer Nigel Hawke; picked out of a Worcester selling hurdle (2m7f) for £5,000 after finishing a rallying ¾L second to Affaire D'Honneur.
Driven out by today's rider Rachel McDonald to take this race by a short-head from Oak Vintage in 2017 (heavy); competes from a 7lb higher mark today but often goes well fresh, so should be on the premises.
Beaten in excess of 2L by course specialist Reverse The Charge over C&D in September, but not so good in a better race at Kelso latest; 0-8 over fences (under rules).
Both of his wins have come over the minimum trip on testing ground from an official rating of 95 (Newcastle and Kelso); runner-up on sole chasing start at Hexham (November 2017), but dismounted when pulled up at Perth in June (2m, good).
Hasn't won under rules since May 2016 (2m1f Kelso, good to firm); placed on both previous starts at Hexham (2m4f), and looked in need of the race on his first run for 16 months at Perth 17 days ago; capable of better.
Eight-race maiden; has fallen 17lb in the weights since introduced to chasing over C&D in November 2017 (then with Rebecca Menzies); tough to fathom a realistic case for his chance despite the presence of newly-applied eye-shields.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A M ThomsonJ: Rachel McDonald|
Take A Break (7/4), John Williams (11/4), Reverse The Charge (11/4), Seven Devils (5/1), Charlie Snow Angel (6/1), Chateau Chinon (8/1), Cool Valley (17/2), Kisumu (16/1), My Idea (25/1)
- John Williams
- Seven Devils
- Reverse The Charge
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