17:50 Hexham Thu 14 March 2019

  • Next Meeting Tuesday 26th March Maiden Hurdle (Class 5)
  • 2m 4f 28y, Heavy
  • 13 Runners
  • Winner£3,444.002nd£1,011.003rd£506.004th£253.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 35.45sOff time:17:50:55
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1
28/1

Unraced French-bred gelding; kicks-off his racing career in what appears to be suitable company, and with little else to base a solid judgement upon, the market could prove the best guide to his overall chances.

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2
511-2OR:
80/1

Flemensfirth gelding; half-brother to a couple of winners (bumper and a PTP); never looked like being able to get competitive in a couple of starts in bumpers; steps up in trip for hurdles debut.

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3
611-2OR:
33/1

Low-key in bumpers and in truth has fared no better since switched to hurdles; struggling from halfway when finishing a distant sixth of seven to Dream Du Grand Val at Kelso (2m, good) in February; steps up in trip.

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4
611-2OR:
50/1

Only completed once in five starts in PTP's and hasn't impressed under rules so far; early faller at Kelso (2m, good to soft) 12-days ago.

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5
611-2OR: CD
12/1

10L winner on the PTP course at Hexham in December (for Sue Grant); relishes cut underfoot and a test of stamina; hasn't figured under rules so far (0-2) but this rates as a more realistic assignment.

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6
4/1

Bought for £65,000 after winning a 3m Irish PTP (Tattersalls Farm) for Shark Hanlon in December 2018; raced keenly when finishing 23L third of five to the useful Ask Ben at Ayr (3m, good to soft) in January.

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7
611-2OR: 112
3/1

Reasonable pedigree (dam an unraced half-sister to Skipthescales); has shown clear improvement on each of his three starts over hurdles, namely when getting to within 6¾L of Highland Hunter over C&D (heavy) in December; every chance.

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8
511-2OR:
125/1

Well beaten in two starts in bumpers and a similar story when left a remote second behind Hogan's Height on hurdles debut at Catterick (3m1f+, good); holds no conceivable chance.

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9
810-9OR: 106
3/1

Still searching for that elusive first hurdles win (0-9) with signs that she's going the wrong way (blinkered). However, ought to be reasonably competitive based upon her fair form in 2016; fifth ever Hexham runner for Oliver Sherwood.

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10
610-9OR:
250/1

Simply far too keen to do herself any sort of justice in bumpers; will need to learn to settle over hurdles in order to have a more positive future as a racehorse; watching brief advised for the moment.

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11
710-9OR:
250/1

Looks to be light on ability and sadly for her connections it doesn't appear that the expense of wind surgery has led to any significant upturn in fortunes; holds a similar chance to Trans Des Obeaux (very remote).

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12
810-9OR: 112
9/4

Ten-race hurdles maiden; consistent since joining Ian Williams and wasn't beat at all far (finished third) behind a 128-rated rival at Exeter (2m7f+) in January; the booking of Brian Hughes in the saddle is an obvious plus.

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13
250/1

Poor on the Flat for Mick Channon (0-3); pulled up on both starts for this Embleton-based trainer who was among the winners at Sedgefield on Tuesday; look elsewhere with confidence.

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Betting

Forecast

Whispering Affair (9/4), Toi Storey (3/1), Robinesse (3/1), Speak Of The Devil (4/1), Pieceoftheaction (12/1), Epsom Des Mottes (28/1), Into The Breach (33/1), Mymilan (50/1), Forest Fusion (80/1), Trans Des Obeaux (125/1), Sailing Away (250/1), Bow Street Runner (250/1), Samba Time (250/1)

Verdict

Very few enter the reckoning in what represents a golden opportunity to break the maiden for those on the short-list. Robinesse clearly has ability but evidently has had issues and she's surely reaching the last chance saloon for Oliver Sherwood. Similarly Whispering Affair is a longstanding maiden, although it's worth acknowledging that she's shown consistent form since joining Ian Williams. Speak Of The Devil is potentially the best long-term prospect but he looks in need of more experience and cost plenty at £65,000. Therefore, the confident form-based option is December's C&D third TOI STOREY for the Sedgefield trainer Rebecca Menzies.
  1. Toi Storey
  2. Whispering Affair
  3. Robinesse

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