15:55 Hexham Thu 14 March 2019

  • Visit Our New Website www.hexham-racecourse.co.uk Handicap Chase (Class 4)
  • 3m 7f 199y, Heavy
  • 12 Runners
  • Winner£7,148.002nd£2,099.003rd£1,049.004th£525.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:9m 21.0sOff time:15:57:28
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1
1012-4OR: 122
14/1

Without a win over fences (0-7), but is evidently a stout stayer on soft ground; solid since wind surgery, posting an excellent seasonal reappearance at Ayr (second) in January; carries a very big weight.

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2
1111-12OR: 116CD
13/2

Ploughed through the mud when ultimately scoring with ease (by 7L) on her first attempt at this marathon trip over C&D in November (soft); 9lb higher today - ran well off a similar mark in Kelso's Borders National (fourth).

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3
711-11OR: 115C
7/1

Talented novice; has found life more difficult in handicap company but is slipping back to a more manageable mark; no issues with heavy ground; first-time blinkers replace the cheekpieces which were worn at Carlisle in February (fifth).

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4
1111-10OR: 114
7/2

Thorough stayer; 9lb lower than when winning the 2017 Cambridgeshire National at Huntingdon (3m7f, soft); finished just behind today's rival Weststreet in the Surrey National at Lingfield (3m5f, soft) 24-days ago.

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5
911-10OR: 114
9/2

Oliver Sherwood is a rare visitor to Hexham (0-3), so this soft ground hurdles winner catches the eye; kept on to finish 2½L third to Le Reve (Court Frontier fourth) in the Surrey National at Lingfield (3m5f, soft) 24-days ago.

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6
911-8OR: 112CD
6/1

Made all when gamely winning this race from a 3lb higher mark in 2018 - taking his Hexham record to 2-2. However, he flopped in identical conditions over C&D in November (pulled up) in the race won by Total Assets; can he bounce back to form?

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7
711-4OR: 108
15/2

Lightly-raced, so could have more to offer over a marathon trip (dam L'Aventure was a 4m winner); has fallen 11lb in the weights since introduced to fences at Newcastle in December; unconvincing thus far.

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8
1111-0OR: 104
40/1

Hasn't won since completing a hurdles hat-trick over an extended 3m1f at Carlisle (heavy) in February 2018; hasn't competed over fences since May 2016 (when with Giles Smyly) - feasibly weighted, albeit is hardly the most appealing.

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9
810-12OR: 102C
14/1

Better chaser than a hurdler; 7lb higher than when beating Frank The Slink by 19L over 3m here in October (soft); well worth trying over a marathon trip switched back from hurdles and more interesting than some of the others.

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10
1010-6OR: 96
66/1

3-6 over fences (if factoring in his PTP form); fended off some very questionable characters on an absolute bog at Newcastle (2m7f+ heavy) in April 2018; scarcely seen since; should strip fitter for a January hurdles spin; 3lb higher.

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11
1110-5OR: 95
12/1

Not in the best of form of late, so is on the slide down the weights; fell at the 17th when sent off 5/2f for this race in 2017, and beaten just 1½L by Kilcullen Flem in 2018; these conditions are fine.

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12
910-0OR: 79C
18/1

Not the force of old and competes from 11lb out of the handicap which makes his task much trickier (riders claim helpful); no chance with the first two (third) when beaten 35L by Total Assets over C&D in November; look elsewhere.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Kilcullen Flem811-104/1
T: P A KirbyJ: A Nicol

Betting

Forecast

Court Frontier (7/2), Weststreet (9/2), Kilcullen Flem (6/1), Total Assets (13/2), Very First Time (7/1), Caventara (15/2), Finaghy Ayr (12/1), Misfits (14/1), Teddy Tee (14/1), Alto Des Mottes (18/1), Letemgo (40/1), Bertalus (66/1)

Verdict

The survival of the fittest in a race which is one of the most extreme stamina tests in the country when run on rain-softened ground, so fingers crossed the 12 runners come home safely despite being spread out the length and breadth of the Tyne Valley come shortly after 4pm. Last year's winner Kilcullen Flem, runner-up Finaghy Ayr and the occasionally quirky mare Total Assets will all know exactly what lies ahead. It's notable that Oliver Sherwood saddles Weststreet but a chance is taken on Tim Easterby's VERY FIRST TIME. This heavy ground course winner (3m) is now rated 17lb lower than when competing in a Grade 3 chase at Aintree just 11-months ago.
  1. Very First Time
  2. Weststreet
  3. Court Frontier

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