16:30 Hexham Sat 15 June 2019
Recorded a fifth Hexham success (backed as if defeat was out of the question) on debut for current connections over 2m4f (good to soft) a fortnight ago; 9lb higher in a stronger race, but stays 3m and should go close.
Has recently returned to hurdling following an unsuccessful stint over fences (0-3); will have no problems with the underfoot conditions; 1lb higher than when finishing 5½L third to Mr Clarkson at Worcester (2m7f, good to soft) in May.
Showed improvement for the fitting of cheekpieces when winning by an easy 9L at Perth (3m, good to soft) on Sunday; failed to get a run at Roscommon on Tuesday (Reserve); carries a 7lb penalty here; the sole ride on the card for Richard Johnson.
Eight-race maiden who has been off the track since September 2018; has done the vast majority of his racing on good ground; is likely to find the majority of the others stronger (and fully race-fit).
6lb higher than when winning with a degree of authority over C&D in May (good); missed his next intended outing (lame), a race which was won by stablemate It's All About Me; very easy to back and disappointing behind that same horse here since.
Last Year's Winner
|The Jam Man||5||11-4||7/4|
|T: Ronan McNallyJ: B S Hughes|
Tickenwolf (6/5), Darling Miss (2/1), Board Of Trade (5/1), Witness (5/1), Simply Mani (33/1)
- Darling Miss
- Board Of Trade
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