17:50 Hexham Tue 21 May 2019
- Discover Northumberland Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)
- 2m 48y, Good
- 10 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Without a win for in excess of two years (five runs) and has slipped down the weights as a result; trip and ground conditions are fine, but didn't really shape like a future winner at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) latest.
Sole win over hurdles came in a 2m maiden at Ballinrobe in August 2017 (for Joseph O'Brien); has fallen a whopping 25lb in the weights since joining Micky Hammond; first-time cheekpieces now accompany the tongue-tie.
Former Irish racer; 50/1 when pulled up on handicap/stable debut at Ayr (2m4f+, good) a fortnight ago; unlikely candidate based on that evidence.
Veteran; infrequent winner in recent years, but his last two successes have come at this track/trip (over hurdles and fences) - won race three on this card in 2018; dropped 2lb in the weights for his first start since last October.
C&D winner from a 4lb higher mark in June 2018 but wide of the mark since; possible that she'll step forward for a recent run at Perth; couldn't be dismissed at a track, or on ground which clearly suits.
Dual C&D winner, 6lb higher than when beating Budarri by 5L in June 2018 (good); went well fresh from a similar absence last season when finishing 7L third to Back To Balloo in this very race.
11-race maiden (0-7 over hurdles); was with Sheena West when caught close home by Ted Bach at Fontwell (2m3f, soft) in February; now 2lb higher (although ridden by a 10lb claimer) on debut for Phil Kirby; market helpful.
Best when forcing the pace, although it was a farcical contest that he won at Newcastle (2m, heavy) in March 2017; finished 9L second to The Pine Martin in this race in 2017; first start for 369 days.
Hit a rich vein of form here last winter (2m4f, soft) having previously appeared limited in terms of natural ability; 8lb above his last winning mark; likely to find this trip on the short side on a sound surface.
His limitations are exposed for all to see (18-race rules maiden); pulled up at Wetherby on Boxing Day; back in action for Jonathan England in a three-runner Heslaker PTP earlier this month (unseated rider).
Last Year's Winner
|Back To Balloo||12||11-10||8/1|
|T: P WinksJ: Ryan Winks|
Fading Icon (3/1), Frightened Rabbit (9/2), Sleep In First (11/2), Sense Of Urgency (15/2), Valgor Du Ronceray (8/1), The Character (10/1), Cherry Princess (11/1), Windy Writer (16/1), Towerburn (18/1), Paddy Melia (22/1)
- Sense Of Urgency
- Fading Icon
- Cherry Princess
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