May 21 / 17.25 Hexham

17.25

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Jayne Cragg 60th Birthday Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4779.3
  • 2m 7f 63y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Jayne Cragg 60th Birthday Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 8691-2 BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Progressed since handicapping; beat a stablemate at Ayr (3m, good) in March, and bettered that in defeat over C&D (good to soft) recently; has more to find from this 5lb higher mark, but could yet prove capable of better; should be thereabouts.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Better Be Definite

11st 5lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Progressed since handicapping; beat a stablemate at Ayr (3m, good) in March, and bettered that in defeat over C&D (good to soft) recently; has more to find from this 5lb higher mark, but could yet prove capable of better; should be thereabouts.

9/4

1st

3

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Better Be Definite

11st 5lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Progressed since handicapping; beat a stablemate at Ayr (3m, good) in March, and bettered that in defeat over C&D (good to soft) recently; has more to find from this 5lb higher mark, but could yet prove capable of better; should be thereabouts.

9/4

2nd

16

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Better Be Definite

10st 7lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in rear

8/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 58968- C

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
No win since March 2021 (Kelso; 3m2f); well beaten in three appearances (all 3m) since early March; seemingly has a mountain to climb to reverse Ayr placings with Better Be Definite; difficult to consider.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

8

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

16:52 Perth

Dequall

10st 6lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Stuart Coltherd

prominent, mistake 4th

7/2

2nd

7

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Dequall

10st 5lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Stuart Coltherd

No win since March 2021 (Kelso; 3m2f); well beaten in three appearances (all 3m) since early March; seemingly has a mountain to climb to reverse Ayr placings with Better Be Definite; difficult to consider.

16/1

2nd

7

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Dequall

10st 5lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Stuart Coltherd

No win since March 2021 (Kelso; 3m2f); well beaten in three appearances (all 3m) since early March; seemingly has a mountain to climb to reverse Ayr placings with Better Be Definite; difficult to consider.

16/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1/36-6

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Dual-purpose campaigner; runner-up on AW at Wolverhampton (2m, 7-4 favourite) on penultimate start; outpaced, and could make no impression on return to hurdles over 2m4f here, beaten over 6l, subsequently; sits 2lb lower in a weaker race and the return to further could assist.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

3

(7)

15th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

2m 1f 24y

Class 6

13:45 Bath

Kiss My Face

9st 6lb

J: Jack Doughty

T: Alastair Ralph

Completed an AW hat-trick over 2m in 2023 and he arrives on the back of a good third in 23f Hexham handicap hurdle 25 days ago on his final run for Brian Ellison; since changed hands for £13,500; one to consider with cheekpieces/tongue strap added.

9/4

3rd

2

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Kiss My Face

11st 9lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Brian Ellison

Dual-purpose campaigner; runner-up on AW at Wolverhampton (2m, 7-4 favourite) on penultimate start; outpaced, and could make no impression on return to hurdles over 2m4f here, beaten over 6l, subsequently; sits 2lb lower in a weaker race and the return to further could assist.

7/2

3rd

2

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Kiss My Face

11st 9lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Brian Ellison

Dual-purpose campaigner; runner-up on AW at Wolverhampton (2m, 7-4 favourite) on penultimate start; outpaced, and could make no impression on return to hurdles over 2m4f here, beaten over 6l, subsequently; sits 2lb lower in a weaker race and the return to further could assist.

7/2

Form: /F2V-3

Last run: 10 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 7yo; was fitted with a tongue-tie when a creditable third to an odds-on favourite over C&D (maiden, good, beaten 5l) recently; makes the switch to handicapping at a realistic level; a probable contender.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

7th Jun 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

14:18 Market Rasen

Didnt Ask

12st 0lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

0-5 over hurdles but his two runs over 2m7f at Hexham (good) this spring were both perfectly respectable, and his Irish point win in 2022 bodes well for his prospects on this chasing debut.

10/1

4th

1

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Didnt Ask

12st 0lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

Lightly raced 7yo; was fitted with a tongue-tie when a creditable third to an odds-on favourite over C&D (maiden, good, beaten 5l) recently; makes the switch to handicapping at a realistic level; a probable contender.

4/1

4th

1

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Didnt Ask

12st 0lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

Lightly raced 7yo; was fitted with a tongue-tie when a creditable third to an odds-on favourite over C&D (maiden, good, beaten 5l) recently; makes the switch to handicapping at a realistic level; a probable contender.

4/1

Form: 56435-

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Six-race rules maiden; shaped okay when placed at Carlisle (3m1f, heavy; beaten about 9l) on penultimate start but well below that level when last of five to a stablemate of Better Be Definite over C&D (heavy) subsequently; this sounder surface could suit.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

16:52 Perth

Reagrove Lord

11st 0lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

towards rear, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 6th

25/1

5th

4

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Reagrove Lord

11st 3lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

Six-race rules maiden; shaped okay when placed at Carlisle (3m1f, heavy; beaten about 9l) on penultimate start but well below that level when last of five to a stablemate of Better Be Definite over C&D (heavy) subsequently; this sounder surface could suit.

10/1

5th

4

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Reagrove Lord

11st 3lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

Six-race rules maiden; shaped okay when placed at Carlisle (3m1f, heavy; beaten about 9l) on penultimate start but well below that level when last of five to a stablemate of Better Be Definite over C&D (heavy) subsequently; this sounder surface could suit.

10/1

Form: 6476/0

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Eight-race maiden; was returning from a 425-day absence when finishing down the field at Kelso (2m5f, good; beaten 33l) a fortnight ago; entitled to come on for that run but, despite competing from a 5lb lower mark, makes little appeal.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

10

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

16:52 Perth

Bolt Man

10st 3lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Ian Duncan

in touch with leaders

33/1

5

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Bolt Man

10st 9lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Ian Duncan

Eight-race maiden; was returning from a 425-day absence when finishing down the field at Kelso (2m5f, good; beaten 33l) a fortnight ago; entitled to come on for that run but, despite competing from a 5lb lower mark, makes little appeal.

25/1

5

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Bolt Man

10st 9lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Ian Duncan

Eight-race maiden; was returning from a 425-day absence when finishing down the field at Kelso (2m5f, good; beaten 33l) a fortnight ago; entitled to come on for that run but, despite competing from a 5lb lower mark, makes little appeal.

25/1

Form: P6269-

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Gave a good account when runner-up at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft; same mark) in December but has failed to stake any kind of claim at Sedgefield or Southwell subsequently; the percentage call is to focus on less-exposed rivals.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

12

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

21:00 Stratford

Just Call Me Al

10st 3lb

J: William Maggs

T: Gillian Boanas

An 11yo who has fallen back into modest mode since his second at Musselburgh in December.

20/1

6

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Just Call Me Al

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Gillian Boanas

Gave a good account when runner-up at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft; same mark) in December but has failed to stake any kind of claim at Sedgefield or Southwell subsequently; the percentage call is to focus on less-exposed rivals.

16/1

6

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Just Call Me Al

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Gillian Boanas

Gave a good account when runner-up at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft; same mark) in December but has failed to stake any kind of claim at Sedgefield or Southwell subsequently; the percentage call is to focus on less-exposed rivals.

16/1

Form: 3PP4P-

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Some promise in bumpers but has toiled in all four starts over hurdles, regularly pulling up; switches to handicaps from a lowly mark on much better ground which offers scope for optimism; it's impossible to have confidence though unless the market speaks favourably.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Court Case

10st 4lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Some promise in bumpers but has toiled in all four starts over hurdles, regularly pulling up; switches to handicaps from a lowly mark on much better ground which offers scope for optimism; it's impossible to have confidence though unless the market speaks favourably.

12/1

8

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Court Case

10st 4lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Some promise in bumpers but has toiled in all four starts over hurdles, regularly pulling up; switches to handicaps from a lowly mark on much better ground which offers scope for optimism; it's impossible to have confidence though unless the market speaks favourably.

12/1

2

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

15:05 Newcastle

Court Case

11st 7lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Pulled up in his first two hurdles and then tailed off over C&D three weeks ago; has weak claims, though this will be his first time away from heavy ground.

50/1

Form: 32750- CD

Last run: 104 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
1-32 overall; last year's winner from a similar mark; ran creditably back here on his next two starts before gradually losing his way again; had a break since struggling at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in February; the market may offer the best guide, as was the case last year.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

12

15th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

17:27 Hexham

Buto

10st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

2m7f course winner (good) over hurdles; hard to make a strong case for on his chase debut based on any recent form in either code.

33/1

9th

11

(9)

10th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

2m 1f 27y

Class 6

20:00 Pontefract

Buto

8st 9lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Micky Hammond

Sole win came over hurdles; ran dismally in that sphere the last twice; unconvincing record on Flat and not seen under this code for two years.

20/1

9

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Buto

10st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Micky Hammond

1-32 overall; last year's winner from a similar mark; ran creditably back here on his next two starts before gradually losing his way again; had a break since struggling at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in February; the market may offer the best guide, as was the case last year.

7/1

Form: 6P/P6- C

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Both wins here at Hexham (2m4f) in late 2021; chasing (0-5) didn't appear to suit, and has struggled to make any impact since returning to hurdles earlier this year; this is just his second attempt beyond 2m5f; an unlikely candidate.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8

1st Jun 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

18:35 Hexham

Shoughalls Boy

10st 2lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Dual C&D winner in November/December 2021 (good to soft/heavy); rather disappointing since and probably best watched despite tumbling handicap mark (4lb wrong here).

33/1

10

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Shoughalls Boy

10st 2lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Both wins here at Hexham (2m4f) in late 2021; chasing (0-5) didn't appear to suit, and has struggled to make any impact since returning to hurdles earlier this year; this is just his second attempt beyond 2m5f; an unlikely candidate.

33/1

10

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Shoughalls Boy

10st 2lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Both wins here at Hexham (2m4f) in late 2021; chasing (0-5) didn't appear to suit, and has struggled to make any impact since returning to hurdles earlier this year; this is just his second attempt beyond 2m5f; an unlikely candidate.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £17.20
Straight Forecast £15.29
Tricast £51.01
Trifecta £75.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Better Be Definite

RP RATINGS:

Kiss My Face

D Express:

Didnt Ask

POSTDATA:

Better Be Definite

Telegraph:

Better Be Definite

Daily Mail:

Better Be Definite

Daily Mirror:

Better Be Definite

The Star:

Better Be Definite

Daily Record:

Better Be Definite

The Times:

Kiss My Face

The Guardian:

Kiss My Face