15:15 Hexham Fri 9 November 2018
Plenty of letters on his CV, but also a couple of wins in amongst those less flattering form figures, including when gamely fending off yesterday's Sedgefield winner Kovera at Southwell (3m, good) latest; subsequent 6lb rise looks fair.
Badly out of sorts in recent starts but won five in a row over C&D in 2017 (on good to heavy), the last of them being from 1lb higher. Clearly has a bit to prove, but difficult to rule him out back at this venue.
Hit the deck early on at Kelso recently after a respectable 3L second to Bafana Blue over C&D (good) previously; competes from an identical handicap mark under similar conditions, so must go close granted a clear round.
Stable not quite hit anything like top gear this autumn, but this 8yo ran very well when beaten 6L by Toosey at Ayr (3m, good) 11-days ago, and does know how to win races over fences (3-15); much respected.
Back to winning ways (20/1) when gamely fending off recent Kelso winner Chanceiton (runs later) over C&D in June (3m, good), and looked to be in need of the run at Carlisle (2m4f) recently; still feasibly handicapped.
C&D winner for Micky Hammond in May (good), beating Spinning Scooter by just under 2L; 3lb higher now, but work to do with Attention Please based on Ayr form (a race which represented his debut for Tristan Davidson).
Veteran who is usually a reliable performer at this track (beat Rose Dobbin's Smugglers Stash by 1¾L in this race in 2017); 25/1 when a 19L runner-up to Misfits on soft ground here last month; plenty more required.
Made all to deliver a knockout punch to K O Kenny over hurdles at Southwell (3m, soft) in February, but doesn't look to be the hardiest and most reliable of performers; pulled up on last chasing start in January; look elsewhere.
His sole win came off a similar mark at Newcastle (2m6f handicap hurdle) in January 2017, but the handicapper crushed his chances for many a moon thereafter; has bits and pieces of fair C&D chase form; making his first start since May; other days.
Continues to show very little in the way of worthwhile rules form (0-10) and won't be winning today, or anytime soon from so far out of the handicap; no chance barring accidents or unforeseen circumstances.
Last Year's Winner
|Frank The Slink||11||10-4||16/1|
|T: Micky HammondJ: Jamie Hamilton|
Inchcolm (2/1), Arizona Bound (6/1), Dartford Warbler (7/1), Attention Please (7/1), Corner Creek (7/1), Moorstown (8/1), Frank The Slink (17/2), Mcginty's Dream (11/1), Hattons Hill (14/1), Houndscourt (33/1), Thedfactor (100/1)
- Arizona Bound
- Attention Please
- Dartford Warbler
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