14:45 Sedgefield

Thursday 14 November 2019

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  • Class 4  |   3m 3f 9y  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   5 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:48  |   Winning time: 7m 46.0s
1
Point N Shootb8
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-12| J: Tom Buckley| T: N J Hawke| OR:  114| CD
7/1
C&D winner; also successful from today's mark at Fontwell (3m2f, good/soft) in June; somewhat of a disappointment over fences - that discipline clearly doesn't suit; should relish a return to the smaller obstacles; stablemate of Lord Ballim.
2
Bryden Boyp18
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-11| J: Sean Quinlan| T: Jennie Candlish| OR:  113
11/8
No win since March 2017 (3m, Doncaster) and has fallen a whopping 18lb in the handicap as a result; always in the rear division on return to action at Aintree (3m, soft) 18 days ago; this looks to be a more realistic assignment.
3
Lord Ballimh,t43
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-11| J: Kieren Buckley| T: N J Hawke| OR:  113
11/4
Stablemate of Point N Shoot; his last win came over fences at Worcester (2m4f, soft) in May 2018, and that probably speaks volumes for his chances; same mark as when a moody/sulky 3L fourth at Huntingdon (3m1f) latest.
4
Ballycrystal256
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-10| J: A P Cawley| T: Micky Hammond| OR:  112| C
5/1
Frustrating type who hasn't raced over hurdles since March 2017; left Brian Ellison for just £4,000 in May (regressive); has the necessary ability, and the hope must be that his in-form trainer can coax it out of him.; risky proposition.
5
The Model County265
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-0| J: T J Phelan| T: A Phillips| OR:  88
8/1
Badly out of form since winning (somewhat reluctantly) at Southwell (3m1½f, soft) in February 2018; virtually impossible to fancy unless transformed by a 265-day absence.

Betting

Forecast

Bryden Boy (11/8), Lord Ballim (11/4), Ballycrystal (5/1), Point N Shoot (7/1), The Model County (8/1)

Verdict

Ballycrystal is arguably the most interesting runner on debut for the in-form Middleham trainer Micky Hammond. He'd have every chance of making a winning return to hurdles if fully rejuvenated by a change of scenery (was regressive for Brian Ellison), but in truth that's considered a rather sizeable 'if'. Furthermore, with both Lord Ballim and Bryden Boy having been unable to find a winning opportunity for some considerable time the attention switches to the April C&D winner POINT N SHOOT. He will almost certainly relish the return to the smaller obstacles (isn't cut out for chasing) and this won't take a great deal of winning.
  1. Point N Shoot
  2. Ballycrystal
  3. Lord Ballim

Prize Money

1st: £3,769.002nd: £1,107.003rd: £553.004th: £350.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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