13:00 Hexham Fri 8 November 2019
Virtually identical efforts on both starts for Lucinda Russell; prominent until weakening from the third last flight when fifth of 13 to Do Not Disturb at Kelso (2m, good to soft) latest; is likely to need further with time.
With Karen McLintock when making an impressive winning debut in a Kelso bumper (2m, good) in May 2015; absent since for a sizable 1629 days (has had wind surgery); consult the market for advice on belated hurdles debut.
Won a point-to-point flat race on his third start at Bitterly (2m, good); plugged on for a remote fourth placed finish on debut for Sue Smith in a 2m1f Sedgefield maiden hurdle (soft) 19 days ago; yard could be in better form.
42-race maiden; runner-up behind a long odds-on favourite in a maiden hurdle at Bellewstown (2m4f, good) three starts back; has since joined the Embleton trainer Victor Thompson; 112-rated but best to look elsewhere.
Nigel Hawke traditionally does well with his runners at Hexham (3-11; 27%), but this 4yo hasn't shown a great deal of ability thus far; 66-1 when sixth of nine to Old Jeroboam at Worcester (2m, good to soft) last month; this is easier.
Unraced Milan gelding from a 2m-2m4f hurdles winning dam (Brochrua); tongue-tied for a yard featuring among the winners during the early weeks of the jumps season.
Failed to complete in a couple of attempts in point-to-points (May & June) and has since switched to the care of the Borders handler Stuart Coltherd; others are considered far more likely candidates.
Useful dual bumper winner (Ayr), landing the odds with relative ease when beating Milvale by 5L in January; likely to take the world of beating on hurdles debut if fit and ready to roll; half-brother to the 2m1f-2m5f hurdles scorer Alla Svelta.
Poor on the Flat (41-rated) and has filled the rear division positions at massive odds on both starts over hurdles (Kelso and Cheltenham); simply can't be entertained.
Half-sister to the Nicky Henderson trained Pym (bumper/2m-2m5f hurdle winner); has shown a modicum of ability in bumpers and should do better for the switch to hurdling on a softer racing surface; considered unlikely nevertheless.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Karen McLintockJ: Dale Irving|
Ribble Valley (2/7), Banks O' Houxty (15/2), Blaster Yeats (8/1), A Ladies Milan (9/1), Challow (12/1), Clonmonarch (25/1), Itsnotyouitsme (28/1), Mill Island (50/1), Lissen To The Lady (50/1), Trois Bon Amis (150/1)
- Ribble Valley
- A Ladies Milan
- Banks O' Houxty
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