Some mixed fare today, but heavy ground at Hexham is usually a recipe for course specialists…
The Daily Yankee:
PC Dixon, (1450 Hexham), 5/2: Was runner up at 100/1 last month, triggering a run of form that had seen a win, a fourth, and three more seconds. The win was an all-the-way front running effort here on heavy ground. He is a bit higher in the weights, but could dominate again in this small field, and he will be hard to pass.
Orioninverness, (1520 Hexham), 9/2: Won this race last year on similar ground off exactly this handicap mark. Ran 4th of 16 on quicker ground here after off a 6lb higher mark, and after struggling on his first two runs back this Winter, immediately clicked back to form when a close 4th back here last month.
Arctic Vodka, (1555 Hexham), 3/1: Had looked exposed in first few handicap runs, but showed big improvement when winning a maiden hurdle on this course on this ground last month. Has been raised 7lbs for that, but is lightly raced enough (especially compared to the opposition), and could have more improvement to come. Finian O’Toole knows the horse well and can claim a useful 3lbs.
Gibbstown, (1625 Hexham), 15/2: Ageing mare who hasn’t won in two years doesn’t immediately jump off the page. But reduce her form to Hexham and you get 1411432, with nearly all those runs in March & April and on heavy ground. Her last win here was off 88, and three subsequent course placings came off marks 7-9lbs higher. Now she is back to just 89, and with conditions ideal a return to her best form looks likely.
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