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13:40 Hexham

Good To Soft

Hexham Racecourse Welcomes Racing To School “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 2m 0f 48y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Hexham Racecourse Welcomes Racing To School “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 1-1331 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Has record of 3-7 and all of his wins have been gained here, including a bumper last spring and two hurdle events over C&D (soft/heavy) this season; his latest success was in a small-field handicap but he travelled strongly before forging clear and is open to more progress back in a novice event; respected under double penalty.

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Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Bingoo

11st 11lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Progressive last year, completing a hat-trick when winning at Aintree on Boxing Day (2m4f, soft); below par last twice (pulled up in the Martin Pipe last time); needs to bounce back.

8/1

18

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Bingoo

10st 11lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: James Moffatt

Acts on heavy; productive spell culminated at Aintree (upped to 2m4f) on Boxing Day, completing a hat-trick; however, form dipped sharply in major handicap at Kelso (2m; never on terms) two weeks ago, leaving him with something to prove off same mark in another hot race.

40/1

11th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Bingoo

11st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: James Moffatt

Won two in a row at Hexham (2m, heavy/soft) last spring and made it 3-3 in handicaps at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; has also won on good to soft; today is a tougher test of his credentials but this unexposed 8yo travelled well at Aintree and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie.

10/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 211UB7

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Enters the reckoning on her easy win in a Cartmel novice (2m6f, good; RPR 123) last summer but things have not gone well in three runs since and she was tailed off in a Downpatrick handicap (2m3f, soft) 22 days ago; has some questions to answer and she needs a major revival back in a novice.

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4th

3

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:15 Perth

Bella Bliss

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John C McConnell

Five-time winner (two chases); soft to heavy ground didn't hold her back when running well in a Grade 3 chase at Limerick last week (3m); has yet to win a handicap but hasn't contested many and she's of interest.

9/1

3rd

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

18:50 Limerick

Bella Bliss

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: John C McConnell

Productive mare with three hurdle wins and two over fences at up to 3m, including here last summer; ground against her of late and again unlikely to get her ground here but could sneak a placing.

14/1

16/1

  • Place: £5.20

Form: 5

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Narrowly ahead when falling at the final fence on debut in an Irish maiden point (3m, soft to heavy) in December but he was a never-dangerous fifth when switched to hurdling at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) 22 days ago; shaped with some promise in that race but he has plenty to find here and is probably one for further down the line.

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5th

6

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Harper Valley

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Made it 3-8 over hurdles when scoring at Catterick (2m3f, heavy) in February; creditable third over 2m5f here (soft) next time but he didn't fire on his return visit three weeks ago; cheekpices are now added on this drop back in grade but he needs more progress.

10/1

10th

1

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Harper Valley

12st 0lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

3-9 over hurdles; gave very good account when coming from off the pace for third behind Eloi Du Puy and Forged Well over C&D (soft) last month and may yet have a bigger run in him.

8/1

3rd

2

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:30 Kelso

Harper Valley

12st 0lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Enjoying an excellent season and he readily bagged a third victory in 2m3f Catterick handicap 27 days ago; up another 6lb but he has more to offer; big shout.

4/1

Form: 2-3613 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Very useful triple chase winner (peak RPR of 151) who had no trouble taking advantage of a golden opportunity in a novice hurdle at Market Rasen (2m, good to soft) last month; wasn't at his best over fences last time but he's still lightly raced over hurdles and is a major payer back in this sphere.

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4th

3

24th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

13:40 Hexham

Eclair DAinay

11st 9lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Very useful triple chase winner (peak RPR of 151) who had no trouble taking advantage of a golden opportunity in a novice hurdle at Market Rasen (2m, good to soft) last month; wasn't at his best over fences last time but he's still lightly raced over hurdles and is a major payer back in this sphere.

13/8

3rd

2

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

15:10 Chepstow

Eclair DAinay

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

led, not fluent 3rd, mistake 8th, soon pushed along and headed, lost ground before 3 out, mistake when weakening 2 out

9/4

1st

2

29th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

13:25 Market Rasen

Eclair DAinay

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Good chaser at best and ran well on seasonal return in December; poor effort latest and now makes first start over hurdles since October 2020; cheekpieces added and, all being well, should have no trouble winning this; makes the running.

1/6

Form: 9

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well held in his two completed starts in Irish points and was tailed off on recent hurdling debut at Southwell (2m, good to soft); can only be watched.

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4

4th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

16:10 Southwell

Hostile Hotelier

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Kept on well to win in first-time tongue-tie here (2m4f, soft) last month and is now 2-7 over hurdles; latest 4lb rise does not look excessive and today's longer trip may unlock more improvement.

100/30

1st

3

18th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell

Hostile Hotelier

11st 10lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Won a Hexham novice handicap off 4lb lower in November (2m, heavy); runner-up on last two starts, in a 2m handicap hurdle here and last time on chase debut at Newcastle (2m, heavy); below par two previous attempts at this trip, but was running on well over 2m last time so return to 2m4f may suit; tongue-tie now tried.

2/1

2nd

1

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Hostile Hotelier

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

midfield, outpaced 4 out

4/1

Form: 98-PP3

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Six-race maiden who seemed to find plenty of improvement when a 250-1 third at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft); that was behind two of the market leaders but she needs another major step forward here and not sure this drop back in trip will suit.

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14th

10

10th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

18:20 Sedgefield

Izzy Bell

10st 5lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Maurice Barnes

Placed at 250-1 at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) 13 months ago but has not shown a great deal since and is now 0-8 over hurdles; makes handicap debut after 134-day break.

50/1

0

3

28th Dec 2023

Good

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

14:15 Catterick

Izzy Bell

11st 0lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

Placed at 250-1 at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) in April but hasn't repeated the form and was beaten a long way out at Newcastle five weeks ago.

50/1

Form: 54

Last run: 119 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won an Irish point in March but he was well held in two hurdle runs at end of last year; this looks another tough assignment and he will be more interesting when switched to handicaps; stablemate of Rock Hurley.

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2nd

8

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

15:00 Catterick

Henry Gray

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Lightly raced point winner who was an encouraging third at Bangor (2m4f, heavy) last month on his second chase start, when making a bad mistake at the third fence and weakening in the straight; today's slightly shorter trip may help and he's a possible.

15/2

Form: 13506 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Made a good start with her 14-1 win in Catterick bumper (1m7f, soft) in November but she struggled in final run in that sphere and was never involved on her recent hurdling debut at Wetherby (2m, good to soft); others preferred.

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2nd

4

7th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Carlisle

You Some Girl

11st 3lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Scored on her bumper debut in 2022 but she's yet to add to that in this sphere and made mistakes when below-par sixth in 2m Sedgefield handicap 29 days ago; hood is refitted and she's also tongue tied, so could bounce back.

7/2

6th

7

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

You Some Girl

10st 10lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, bad mistake 4 out

8/1

6th

8

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

You Some Girl

11st 8lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Bumper winner who was in front when falling heavily on her handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) in November; may have still been feeling the effects when not jumping with much fluency at Kelso last time; may be best watched for now.

14/1

Form: 6037

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

No impact in bumpers and same story in two novice hurdles this spring, most recently when seventh of eight at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft); has good pedigree and it's still early days but handicaps look the way forward after this.

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9th

9

24th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

13:40 Hexham

Navigate West

11st 2lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

No impact in bumpers and same story in two novice hurdles this spring, most recently when seventh of eight at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft); has good pedigree and it's still early days but handicaps look the way forward after this.

25/1

7th

8

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

15:05 Carlisle

Navigate West

11st 2lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Sue Smith

Has shown definite ability but beaten 25l when third on his 2m3f Wetherby hurdle debut (soft) 18 days ago; probably more one for the longer term.

20/1

3rd

4

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:15 Wetherby

Navigate West

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

Bred to be suited by the step up in trip on this hurdle debut and he didn't run badly in the first of his two bumpers; however, he's been well beaten here since and significant improvement is needed if he's to threaten.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: P-U114 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Signed off in France with two impressive wins on soft ground in December (2m2f/2m1f) before being bought for 125,000euros the following month; well-backed favourite on his stable/handicap debut at Bangor (2m3f) last month but he faded into a well-held fourth of eight; still lightly raced and is a key player on his best form but has bit to prove after that last run.

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5th

7

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:00 Catterick

Rock Hurley

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

took keen hold, midfield, headway 4th, weakened quickly approaching last

12/1

6th

1

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Rock Hurley

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Won twice on slow ground in France last December; yet to shine in three runs (two in handicaps) for this yard but might be taking a while to acclimatise and he should come good; down 12lb for those three defeats.

8/1

Form: 87

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Finished down the field at massive prices in two bumpers this spring and is best watched on his hurdling debut.

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4th

8

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

16:35 Newcastle

Mister Smarty

10st 7lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Tina Jackson

Lightly raced 7yo; has shown hints of ability but well beaten at 25-1 on last month's handicap debut here (2m4f, soft); others are preferred.

40/1

9th

9

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Mister Smarty

10st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Tina Jackson

Displayed minor promise in a Hexham novice (2m, good to soft) last May but struggled when upped to 2m3f for reappearance outing in November and makes only limited appeal on this handicap debut.

25/1

9

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:25 Catterick

Mister Smarty

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Tina Jackson

Has gone off at triple-figure odds on all four starts and finished well beaten each time; hard to fancy.

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £161.00
Straight Forecast £138.50
Trifecta £1556.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Bingoo

Daily Mirror:

Rock Hurley

The Times:

You Some Girl

The Guardian:

Bella Bliss

Daily Mail:

Bingoo

The Star:

Bingoo