The Mark Walford-trained five-year-old CASH TO ASH ran respectably in three soft-ground hurdle races in the spring, including a 33-1 third at Southwell on his Rules debut. He showed ability in point-to-points and is worth chancing at a big prices when he returns to the larger obstacles in the 3m Weatherbys Racing Bank Foreign Exchange Novices’ Handicap Chase at Hexham (2.10).
His trainer has won with 11 of his 28 runners to switch from hurdles to fences (39.3% strike-rate) for a profit of £35.00 to a £1 level stake at SP (+£41.10 at Betfair SP). His four qualifiers to run at Hexham recorded form figures of 2211 (2-4).
LUCKY LODGE (stall 10 of 13) can usually be relied upon to run his race in big fields and did really well to run third against the draw and pace bias at Redcar the other day. He’s won seven of his 31 all-weather races when given a field of 12 or more runners and backing him under these conditions would have returned a profit of £51.00 to a £1 level stake at SP (+£64.99 at Betfair SP). There’s always a danger that they’ll dawdle at Newcastle, as the pace bias (it’s hard for front-runners to win) is so well-documented, but there are a couple of pace angles in the 6f Betway Casino Handicap (8.45) and he looks worth an each-way interest.
Cash To Ash – Hexham 2.10 (1pt each-way, 25-1 Ladbrokes, Betfair, Paddy Power)
Lucky Lodge – Newcastle 8.45 (1.5pts each-way, 13-2 Skybet, Betfair, Paddy Power)