Petite Ganache can gain first win over fences
Back Petit Ganache @ 5.509/2 in the 15:50 at Hexham
From the five days of Ascot, we swiftly move on to a summer jumps fixture on Sunday. We tend to be a bit starved of Flat action on this particular day, but I don't mind, as Hexham would be one of my favourite punting tracks. Although Pontefract stages a decent fixture.
We are playing at the top of the market over the jumps with Nicky Richards' Petite Ganache here.
I think he'll stay the 3m well (which is half the battle around here), especially judged on his reappearance at Carlisle earlier in the season. Granted, he's had quite a few chances in his career, and his 1-14 lifetime record marks him down as a bit of an underachiever.
However, he's quite well treated now for his fourth run over fences. He won over hurdles from 93 quite easily at Newcastle, and yet he is only 7lb higher for chasing.
Good ground suits and he takes a slight drop in class from Kelso last time.
Iskabeg looks the solid option for a bet
Back Iskabeg Lane @ 5.04/1 in the 16:55 at Hexham
This has the look of a veterans' race with plenty of the older brigade in the line-up. There are five 11-year-olds and a 12-year-old. My selection is the Sue Smith-trained Iskabeg Lane - who is a relative whippersnapper at eight.
I am not entirely convinced he has much in hand from his current mark of 107 considering his last victory was from 103. However, he is solid, stays and acts on the ground.
His latest effort at Market Rasen was in a similar sort of grade over 3m - and he just about stays that trip. His ideal distance is probably 2m6f, which means he should be fine over slightly shorter this afternoon.
Expect him to make the running, too.
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