15:40 Hexham Sat 12 October 2019
Workmanlike winner of a Southwell novice (1m7½f, soft) earlier this month; carries a penalty for that success, but ought to prove capable of figuring prominently in the finish with Daryl Jacob travelling north for the mount.
German pedigree; made a winning start to his racing career when justifying favouritism with a narrow win in a Catterick bumper (1m7½f, good) in February; strength of market support a helpful guide to expectations on hurdles debut; every chance.
Took a marked step forward on his third start under rules when finishing 7L second to Elvis Mail (2-9f) in a 2m2f Kelso novices' hurdle (good to soft); should win a race or two once sent handicapping.
Sold for £40,000 in May 2018 (Cheltenham) after finishing a head second to Robyndzone in a Ballindenisk point (for Stuart Crawford); runner-up in two of his three bumper starts (at Ayr); could fare better over hurdles; others preferred here.
Modest form in bumpers for James Bethell and truthfully hasn't done a great deal better over hurdles (0-2) for the triply-represented Lucinda Russell; far safer to look elsewhere.
Bought out of the Irish point-to-point scene for £50,000 (a 3m Ballinaboola winner); lost a hind shoe on hurdles debut at Perth (2m, heavy) last month - settled much better there than in his Kelso bumper; one of three for Lucinda Russell.
Well beaten on both starts in bumpers (Newcastle and Ayr); pulled up early (saddle slipped) on hurdles debut at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) 11 days ago.
Left the care of Nicky Henderson (0-6) for £32,000 in May 2017; has only raced twice since for Sue Smith (spread over the course of 14 months); clearly has ability but also seemingly his fair share of issues.
Cost £20,000 in May 2019; beaten 23L (second of three) on debut for Lucinda Russell at Perth (2m4f novices', good to soft); beaten further still there next time, so is difficult to enthuse over; one of three for her trainer.
From a reasonably useful dam (bumper/2m-2m2f hurdles winner); placed in both starts in bumpers, including when outpaced and finishing 12L third to Shanroe here in April (good); each-way shout on hurdles debut.
Fell at the first on her hurdles debut (Kelso); beaten 19L when finishing third (100-1) to Dolly's Destination in a mares' novices' hurdle over C&D in May; this is a much more taxing assignment; very unlikely.
Last Year's Winner
|Simply The Betts||5||11-4||8/11|
|T: H WhittingtonJ: G Sheehan|
Lantiern (11/8), Floating Rock (13/8), Get Help (13/2), Miah Grace (15/2), Milvale (12/1), What's The Scoop (28/1), Mon Ami Bob (40/1), Fyfin Patsy (50/1), Rapid Raider (50/1), Western Supernova (66/1), Reign Back Dancer (100/1)
- Floating Rock
- Miah Grace
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