16:55 Hexham

Monday 23 April 2018

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  • totesport.com Exclusive Cashback Offers Open Hunters' Chase
  • Class 6  |   3m 41y  |   Soft (G/S places home straight,Heavy on top of hill bend)  |   4 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:02  |   Winning time: 6m 38.1s
1st
3
1/1f
T: P J HobbsJ: Mr D Maxwell (3)
Led before 3rd, clear from 4 out, continued to go further clear, canter op 10/11
2nd
64
5
13/8
T: Capt W B RamsayJ: Mr W B Ramsay (7)
Chased front pair and sometimes some way off them, not fluent 5th, headway 13th, went 2nd from next, no chance with winner from after 4 out, weakened next op 15/8
3rd
31
1
9/2
T: W H EasterbyJ: Mr W Easterby (3)
Led until before 3rd, not fluent 12th, lost 2nd from 14th, weakened 4 out

Also Ran

PU
2
50/1
T: J WaltonJ: Mr Joe Wright (5)
Always last, slow 2nd, not fluent 11th, tailed off 14th, pulled up before last

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Non-Runners

6
Thats Digby379
Weight: 12-0|  Age: 8
T: M Coglan  J: Mr J Dawson
NR
4
Midnight Appeal8
Weight: 12-0|  Age: 13
T: Charlotte Hawker  J: Miss Charlotte Hawker
NR

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£1.80EX:£2.90Trifecta:£4.50SF:£3.11Swingers:£1.50

Forecasts

Mendip Express (1/1), Shantou Magic (13/8), Kings Lodge (9/2), Midnight Appeal (20/1), Thats Digby (33/1), Matthew Man (50/1)

Verdict

A small field for the finale, with a couple of 'improving' point-to-point winners, namely Kings Lodge and Shantou Magic amongst the six runners. The latter will appreciate the drop in grade after tackling the Cheltenham Foxhunters latest (pulled up), but on paper the Philip Hobbs trained MENDIP EXPRESS should be taking this kind of contest in his stride. Clearly this wasn't the grand plan for 2018, but he emerged out of all the major 2017 NH Festivals with credit, ending the season a neck runner up to Balnaslow at Punchestown in April 2017.
  1. Mendip Express
  2. Shantou Magic
  3. Kings Lodge

Previous Winners

2017
Ardea
Weight: 12-8  |Age: 9
1/1

Prize Money

1st: £2,184.002nd: £677.003rd: £338.004th: £169.00
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