Hexham is the most northerly track in England and is situated 800 metres above sea level. The left-handed, undulating track places a real emphasis on stamina and tends to favour front-running types. Keep an eye on Lucinda Russell-trained horses as she has an excellent record at the track.
Muroor’s sole success on British shores saw him return a mammoth win dividend of £112.80. Victor Thompson’s 8yo certainly has more bad days than good, but he had Cybalko behind that day, who is a decent yardstick and contests this race off 5lb lower. He probably ran better than the bare form suggests here last time out, taking a while to regain his confidence after dragging his back legs through a fence early on and just couldn’t quite get on terms with the leading pack turning in. Shane Quinlan, who was on board last time he won, takes the ride and claims 5lb.
This one may have been a canny acquisition for Lucinda Russell. A point-to-point winner who finished second in a bumper, he won his debut over hurdles at Ayr earlier this month. Going from the front, he faced a challenge two out before staying on bravely to win by four lengths. A Stuart Crawford raider, owned by Munir and Souede, was back in second with the third 19l behind. Judging by that run, the step up to 3m should bring out further improvement and it will be interesting to see how good this one can be when switched to fences next year.
Sherriff Garrett has never finished outside the first two at Hexham and heads here with strong claims. A runner-up at Newcastle on his last start, he simply found one better at the weights and has been enjoying himself over the spring months. Prior to that run, he won on heavy ground at Catterick but Tim Easterby’s charge is by no means ground dependent. A similar performance here would see him go close. Cash Again chases the hat-trick and looks the main danger here after scoring over fences last time.
Murvagh Beach took a big step forward when finishing second first time out after a wind op. Nicky Richards 6yo hit a bit of flat spot but rallied and is entitled to come on for that run. He certainly benefited from the step up in trip that day and back over 2m4f boasts strong claims here. Kilcaragh Boy could be a bit of value to chase him home. He’s only 1lb higher than when winning here back in October and was much better last time out following a disappointing performance on heavy ground at Uttoxeter.
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