12:30 Sedgefield

Thursday 14 November 2019

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  • Class 5  |   2m 178y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   8 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 12:31  |   Winning time: 4m 31.5s
1
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-12  |  J: Bruce Lynn |  T: N W Alexander|  OR: 98|  D
9/4

Ended last season on an upward curve with form figures in Feb & Mar reading (112); raced enthusiastically until weakening out of contention (eighth of 14) behind a well backed winner on seasonal reappearance at Kelso (2m, good/soft); can do better.

2
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-12  |  J: Joe Williamson |  T: T Coyle|  OR: 98
14/1

4lb higher than when beating Minella Fiveo by a head at Hexham (2m, good) last November; her race-fitness must be taken solely on trust returning from a 323-day absence (last seen at Wetherby on Boxing Day); others preferred in a weak race.

3
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-12  |  J: Theo Gillard |  T: Mrs Dianne Sayer|  OR: 98|  BF|  CDWS
11/4

Both wins have come over C&D (soft 'ish'), including readily (by 5L) from a 7lb lower mark; ran some reasonable races on the Flat during the summer; needs a career best but could improve for wind surgery; stablemate of Oceanus.

4
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-3  |  J: Danny McMenamin |  T: Mrs Dianne Sayer|  OR: 89
11/2

Kept on from the rear to force a shared place in the frame at Cartmel (2m1f, good) in June; below that level of form since and this six-race hurdles maiden is broadly unappealing as a result; stablemate of Millie The Minx.

5
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-1  |  J: Thomas Dowson |  T: C Grant|  OR: 87
33/1

Has beaten only a handful of rivals home in four starts over hurdles (all here, 2m1f-2m4f); no reason whatsoever to expect better on handicap debut; look elsewhere with confidence.

6
Age: 13|  Weight: 10-13  |  J: Blair Campbell |  T: Miss L C Siddall|  OR: 85|  CD
22/1

Veteran; enjoyed a new lease of life during the early months of the year, winning at the 43rd attempt (Wetherby) before following up over C&D a few starts later; 5lb above that last winning mark; does he still have the legs after a six-month break?

7
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-9  |  J: Lorcan Murtagh |  T: F P Murtagh|  OR: 81
50/1

Has shown poor form over hurdles (0-4) and looks to be fairly devoid of ability; may fare better now sent handicapping (wears cheekpieces) but simply can't be recommended at this stage.

8
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-7  |  J: Billy Garritty |  T: B Ellison|  OR: 79WS
10/3

Twice placed at a modest level on the Flat during the summer (1m2f-1m4f); 0-4 over hurdles previously for Lawrence Mullaney; is very lowly weighted post wind surgery on debut for Brian Ellison; basic market check advised.

Betting

Forecast

Christmas In Usa (9/4), Millie The Minx (11/4), Sweet Marmalade (10/3), Oceanus (11/2), Little Pippin (14/1), First Of Never (22/1), Jo Cashflow (33/1), Fast And Friendly (50/1)

Verdict

A modest opener in which the shortlist is exactly that, a very short list. On the bare figures the dual C&D winner Millie The Minx needs to show additional improvement in order to make a winning return to obstacles (raced on the Flat during the summer) but in reality against this standard of opponent that probably isn't the case. However, she can be taken on with the top-weight CHRISTMAS IN USA. Nick Alexander's seven-year-old weakened at the business end of the race behind a heavily supported winner on his seasonal reappearance at Kelso, but promises to be much stronger for the benefit of that run.
  1. Christmas In Usa
  2. Millie The Minx
  3. Sweet Marmalade

Prize Money

1st: £3,119.002nd: £916.003rd: £458.004th: £350.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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