Oddschecker tips for every race at Hexham on Friday.
Dual bumper scorer WINDSOR AVENUE is a well regarded gelding and his reputation was done no harm when runner-up first time over hurdles at Carlisle last month, finding only a smart Nigel Twiston-Davies inmate too good. He is entitled to improve for that first outing since February and will take an awful lot of beating stepping up three furlongs in trip. Sheriff Garrett wears cheekpieces for the first time in this code (has worn them twice to victory on the Flat) and looks clear second best, while Western Aussie showed promise between the flags before joining Martin Todhunter. Prediction : 1st Windsor Avenue 2nd Sheriff Garrett 3rd Western Aussie
Mistiroc has five Flat victories under his belt and should go very close if taking to this game, but preference is for the proven NH form of WEATHER FRONT. He left his first effort in this sphere well behind when chasing home the smart Good Boy Bobby at Carlisle (pulling 17 lengths clear of the rest) and a repeat performance alone will make him difficult to beat here, although he is entitled to improve further. Wishing Well holds each-way claims switching back to hurdles after posting a couple of solid performances on the level last month. Prediction : 1st Weather Front 2nd Mistiroc 3rd Wishing Well
GERONIMO struck the crossbar in each of his four starts over hurdles last season and, almost certain to improve for a switch to fences, he will mount a bold bid if anywhere near peak fitness on his return from a 207-day absence. River Icon warrants plenty of respect lining up off the same mark as when runner-up over 2m4f here in September and she is match-fit following two subsequent spins on the level, while Talkofgold and Militarian are others to note. Prediction : 1st Geronimo 2nd River Icon 3rd Talkofgold
MINELLA FIVEO was second to an improver at Carlisle before running below par at Southwell two weeks ago, but this looks a nice opportunity for Sue Smith's charge and a mark of 100 is still there to be taken advantage of. Hitchcock ran a big race at Wexford last time and is an interesting Irish raider, while Back To Balloo represents a trainer with a solid record here and he has Brian Hughes on board.Prediction : 1st Minella Fiveo 2nd Hitchcock 3rd Back To Balloo
CORNER CREEK bounced back to winning form at Southwell four weeks ago, shaping like a strong stayer in the process, and could defy a 6lb rise here. Richard Patrick is one of the better conditional riders on the circuit and the pair look poised to go very well here off what remains a workable handicap mark. Attention Please was a pleasing second at Ayr last time but wouldn't want any further rain, while Dartford Warbler and Inchcolm are also respected.Prediction : 1st Corner Creek 2nd Attention Please 3rd Dartford Warbler
ONLY ORVIETO looks fairly handicapped given her bumper form when trained by Ruth Jefferson and she could claim a first win over hurdles on her third start for Mark Walford. The seven-year-old stayed on well here five weeks ago and is sure to appreciate this sterner test of stamina. Strike West did it well at Carlisle when last seen in April and looks the potential improver in the field, while Chanceiton and veteran See Double You are also considered.Prediction : 1st Only Orvieto 2nd Strike West 3rd Chanceiton