15:50 Hexham Fri 8 November 2019
Twice filled second place in bumpers (Musselburgh & Newcastle), with the winners of those respective races both successful over hurdles since; off for 262 days since a fair hurdles debut fifth; prowess on heavy ground unknown.
Former pointer (0-3); 18-1 when finishing eighth of 11 to Darry Desbois on rules/stable/hurdles debut over C&D (maiden) last month; others are more obvious.
23-race maiden; sports blinkers on his first start for the Embleton trainer Victor Thompson (formerly trained in Ireland by Tom McCourt); holds no realistic chance barring accidents.
Presenting gelding (cost €42,000 as a 3yo); dam was a 2m3f hurdle winner; 11-4jf when finishing 8L fourth of 12 on debut in an Ayr bumper (2m, good); that form is respectable and this race represents a suitable starting point for hurdling.
Black Sam Bellamy gelding out of a mare who was a half-sister to the dual-purpose scorer Rouge Et Noir; 20-1 when a keeping on fourth of 11 to Darry Desbois on hurdles debut (C&D).
Runner-up on both bumper starts for Jamie Snowden (beaten 4½L by the promising Lossiemouth at Carlisle); jumped tardily late on when finishing fourth on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m5f, good) 36 days ago; the type to do better.
Last Year's Winner
|T: B EllisonJ: B S Hughes|
Thomas Macdonagh (11/8), No Regrets (5/2), Brigade of Guards (10/3), All Hail Caesar (4/1), Teescomponentstrig (5/1), Destiny Is All (40/1), Dorothy's Flame (50/1), Here In The Dark (50/1)
- Brigade of Guards
- No Regrets
- Thomas Macdonagh
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