Hexham Hopes

We are due to have five runners at Hexham this afternoon, although that is very much ground dependant as Rivabodiva, and in particular Grand Morning, would need plenty of rain to be seen to best advantage. If the rain does come in sufficient quantities, then Grand Morning is capable of running a big race on his return to action in the feature 2m4f handicap hurdle, but it could be that there are better opportunities for him in the weeks and months ahead. Rivabodiva is likely to take her chance in the 3m handicap hurdle provided the ground is safe, with the caveat that she is the type who always takes a run to get up to full speed and will be better on proper ‘winter’ ground.

Our day kicks off with West End Lady in the opening mares’ handicap hurdle. West End Lady is a hardy mare who has run well on all three previous visits to Hexham and looks to have an each-way chance once more with the step up to 2½m something that should suit given her pedigree.

We are looking forward to the return of Otello Moor, who makes his chasing debut in the 3m novices’ handicap chase. He didn’t quite manage to get it together over hurdles last season, but he is bred to make a better chaser and underwent a small wind operation during the summer. Both are possible sources of improvement, as is the step up to 3m, although he is sure to build upon whatever he achieves this afternoon.

We also run Izzy’s Champion in the 2m4f handicap chase. ’Champ’ already has an outing under his belt, having run well for a long way over 2m at Hexham last month and we expect him to strip a lot fitter this time around. Moving back up in trip will be in his favour and we hope he can be competitive. He is certainly handicapped to run well.


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