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13:10 Hexham

John Smiths Maiden Hurdle (Div 2) (Class 4)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 48y
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £5,000 added
  • Winner: £3,249
  • 2nd: £954
  • 3rd: £477
  • 4th: £238
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 17.33s
  • Off Time: 13:11:43
  • 9 Ran
1
Silk - DARK BLUE, large PINK spots, PINK cap

Black Art

232
3/1
  • Form 83-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

held up mid-division, headway after 2 out, led before last, headed run-in, no extra

2
Silk - White, Royal Blue chevron, Pink cap
  • Form 7-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-12

in rear, headway before last, led run-in, kept on well

3
Silk - Dark blue, pink diamond, pink sleeves, dark blue stars, dark blue cap, pink stars
  • Form 89-67
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-12

led, headed after 1st, ridden before last, no extra

4
Silk - Purple, royal blue hoops, royal blue cap
  • Form 223
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-12

with leader, led after 1st, headed before last, no extra run-in

5
Silk - Black, emerald green seams, striped sleeves, black cap
  • Form 6-8
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, never dangerous, tailed off

6
Silk - Maroon, light blue chevron and sleeves, light blue and maroon quartered cap
  • Form P-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-12

held up towards rear, effort before last, never dangerous

7
Silk - White and Maroon check, Maroon sleeves, White armlets, White cap
  • Form 3-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 10-12

tracked leaders and keen, weakened before last

8
Silk - Emerald Green, Red chevrons, quartered cap
28/1
  • Form 0-75
  • Age 4
  • Weight 10-12

tracked leaders and keen, weakened after 2 out, pulled up

9
Silk - Red, Yellow sash, hooped sleeves and cap
125/1
  • Form 7P334P-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-5

held up towards rear, weakened after 2 out, tailed off

In depth

Verdict

Handy Hollow probably sets the standard on his third at Worcester but it is not a particularly high one. Black Art, Silk Or Scarlet and Crixus's Escape have all hinted at ability in bumpers and are worth a market check but WAR JOEY might be capable of better than he's shown so far. He never threatened behind Enzani here in June but the other runners finished in a bit of a heap and he should be a working man's price.

Formwatch

Black Art 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led after 3f, hard driven over 3f out, headed 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 10 1/4l behind Dessinateur (10-7) at Chepstow 2m (6) sft in Mar.

Crixus's Escape (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, outpace over 3f out, 7th of 12, 15 1/4l behind Kelpies Myth (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m (6) gd in Mar.

Diamant de L'Ouest (FR) 50-1 (11-0) Not fluent 1st, tracked leaders, lost place before 4 out, soon behind, no danger after, 7th of 9, 29 1/2l behind Demon D'aunou (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn (4) gd in Oct.

Handy Hollow (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 2 out, kept on and just held for 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Sword Of Fate (11-4) at Worcester 2m (4) gd in Oct.

Lawtop Legend (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Raced wide, held up, headway on outside chasing leaders 5f out, weakened 3f out, last of 8, 27 3/4l behind Theatre Legend (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f (6) gs in Oct.

Prince Dundee (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Alw in rr, cto aftr 1/2 way, detd & pu 5out, at Courtown 3m mdn gs in Apr.

Silk Or Scarlet (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Led, pushed along over 3f out, headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Schiaparannie (10-5) at Hexham 2m (6) gd in Apr.

War Joey (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, outpaced 2 out, no chance with clear leaders, last of 5, 22 1/4l behind Enzani (11-5) at Hexham 2m (3) gd in Jun.

Dolly's Dot (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 6th, pulled up before next, at Carlisle 2m 3f (4) gd in Apr.