13:55 Hexham Thu 14 March 2019
Sedgefield maiden winner (2m1f, soft); has shown a decent standard of form over hurdles so far and despite being beaten at short odds at Kelso (by his old foe Encore Champs) he shouldn't be knocked; sets the clear benchmark.
Irish raider; shock 66/1 winner of a 2m maiden hurdle at Roscommon (good) in October; mainly handicapping since without further success (0-5); stable have saddled winners at this track in the past; cautionary market check advised.
Acquitted himself reasonably well in bumpers (placed on all four starts); struggled on hurdles debut (2m4f) but much better latest when finishing 3½L third to Romeo Brown (2m Kelso, good to soft); solid forecast option.
Joined this trainer for a mere £600 in December 2018; started 250/1 in a 2m3f maiden hurdle at Catterick recently - saddle slipped and pulled up at the fourth flight; unappealing.
Pulled up in both starts in PTP's; weakened as the race got going in earnest (keen early) on rules debut in an Ayr bumper (good to soft) 17-days ago; sent hurdling at a realistic level.
Placed in a couple of Irish PTP's, including when beaten 12L by On My Wish List at Tinahely in November (3m, good); not fluent and soon beaten on hurdles/stable debut at Ayr (2m3f+) 17-days ago.
Out of a 2m winning hurdler; well beaten in two starts in bumpers for Bruce Mactaggart in late 2016/early 2017; stable/hurdles debut.
Last Year's Winner
|T: V ThompsonJ: Thomas Dowson|
Lord Yeats (1/6), Big Bad Dream (13/2), Stander (12/1), Flaming Glory (40/1), Emirat De Catana (50/1), Sophie Fatale (66/1), Bobeska (250/1)
- Lord Yeats
- Big Bad Dream
Log in for access to this exclusive content.
David Ord fancies Evan Williams to strike at Chepstow on Thursday afternoon - don't miss the latest Sporting Life Daily Nap!
Nick Grant makes Ballywood his best Thursday bet and he has a tip for every race at all four meetings.
After 20/1 and 11/1 winners at Cheltenham last week, our long-range racing expert Matt Brocklebank turns his hand to the two major spring handicaps.