13:55 Hexham Sat 12 October 2019
Useful hurdler (122-rated); denied a hat-trick when going down narrowly to Romeo Brown at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) in March; no reason why he shouldn't take the switch to fencing in his stride; threatens to be a major player if doing so.
Cost £90,000 in November 2017 (as a point-to-point winner); took time to make his mark over hurdles, winning on handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m7f, good) in January (11lb rise); promises to thrive in this discipline.
Seeks a four-timer following wins here (a Class 5 handicap), at Downpatrick and at Ballinrobe; is clearly headed in the right direction over fences, but a few of the others are arguably open to more improvement (less exposed).
Looked the part when winning here in a 2m4f novices' hurdle (soft) last November; fair to say that he wasn't quite the same horse during the second half of the season; interesting to see how he takes to fencing.
Six-race rules maiden; was quickly beaten once headed at the second last on chasing debut at Kelso (2m5f+, good) in May; returns from wind surgery sporting a hood and a tongue-tie - that could feasibly all assist.
Struck at the fourth attempt over fences when picking up the pieces in a fast-run race over C&D (good) last month; possibly flattered by that 13L success, and the handicapper hasn't missed with a 10lb rise; take on if favourite?
Stowaway gelding; absent from the track since finishing second to Elvis Mail at Kelso (2m, good) last December; should make his mark over fences with time; is expected to improve for this initial experience.
Didn't progress over hurdles for former handler Harry Whittington - whipped around and unseated his rider at the start on handicap (hurdle) debut at Wincanton in May; joined Sam England cheaply (for £1,500); risky on chasing debut.
Has had a spell in Irish point-to-points (1-9) since his last rules start for Jonjo O'Neill (April 2017); returns from a 518-day break under the guidance of the Middleham handler Micky Hammond; look elsewhere for the solution.
Last Year's Winner
|T: M TodhunterJ: Henry Brooke|
Dorking Cock (5/2), Weakfield (4/1), Well Joey (5/1), Tokaramore (6/1), Stoney Rover (17/2), Raecius Felix (11/1), Ain't My Fault (12/1), Honourmission (18/1), Commanding Spirit (40/1), Ripstick (50/1)
- Dorking Cock
- Well Joey
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