Steve Ryder is back with three tips from today's action at Hexham.
With Classic Lady running from 8lbs out of the handicap, this looks a match race between recent course and distance winner Kildrum (best priced at 6/5) and the reopposing runner-up Gipsy Lee Rose. Preference goes to the Micky Hammond runner who beat his rival over this course and distance by 25 lengths less than two weeks ago and who should be able to confirm form with his rival.
Kildrum travelled well throughout that race under Emma Smith-Chaston and eased clear from the third last to win comfortably at the finish. The handicapper has raised him 11lbs which is probably lenient and he should prove hard to beat.
This looks a tricky four runner race but I am hoping that Bingoo (best priced at 7/4) can make it 3/3 at Hexham in this race. The Jimmy Moffatt trained seven-year-old has consistent form figures of 321133 in his career but most interestingly is that both victories came over this course and distance.
Bingoo won a bumper in April last year by ½ length before winning on his hurdling debut in November with both performances coming under regular rider Charlotte Jones who rides this course so well. He has finished 3rd on his previous two starts but now makes his handicap debut off a mark of 112 and he should prove hard to beat with course form advantage over the favourite Wewillgoithplanb.
Many of the ten runners in this 0-105 handicap are struggling for recent form so hopefully that means that Golan Cloud (best priced at 3/1) can repeat his victory from this race in 2021. The Jennie Candlish trained ten-year-old has form figures of 2313 at Hexham in his career with his victory coming in this race two seasons ago off a mark of 87. He followed up that performance with a close 3rd over this course and distance on his next start off a mark of 90 before struggling on his next two starts.
Golan Cloud ran at lot better last time at Uttoxeter when fitted with a first time visor and if that headgear works for a second time then he should prove hard to beat back over this course and distance with Sean Quinlan taking back over on board.