Bets Of The Day: Hammond and Smith-Chaston can sparkle at Hexham

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Alan Dudman is sticking with National Hunt racing for today's selections

Alan Dudman collected his second winner of the week yesterday with Hukum at 7.06/1. For Wednesday he switches to the jumps and picks out two bets at one of his favourite tracks...

"Excalibur is competing in a low grade, but he went through his race last time like a higher-rated horse when he landed the money at Sedgefield."

Back Excalibur @ 4.216/5 in the 15:30 at Hexham

Don't delay in backing Hammond's stayer

Back Dontdelay @ 10.09/1 in the 14:30 at Hexham

I've often mentioned that one of my favourite punting jumps' tracks is Hexham, so it's no surprise our two bets for the day are in the north east.

And whilst the 4m handicap chase won't be pretty, I am backing Micky Hammond's Dontdelay to come out on top.

He has given the impression a thorough test will suit with two hurdle victories at Hexham, plus he has form at Sedgefield over 3m3f.

The track suits, as does deep ground, and he'll strip a lot fitter following his comeback run for the season when last seen over hurdles.

With only one run under his belt over fences, he has scope from his mark. The low weight is a big plus too with Emma Smith-Chaston claiming.

It might be worth checking him out in the Place market too.

Excalibur can rule again following Sedgefield win

15:30 Hexham - Back Excalibur @ 4.216/5

I admit I have never seen one single episode of Game Of Thrones, but I have watched the 1981 John Boorman classic Excalibur (several times), and I am hoping we can get a performance out of the equine version of the same name on Wednesday.

Excalibur is competing in a low grade, but he went through his race last time like a higher-rated horse when he landed the money at Sedgefield. And he scored with plenty in hand.

We go again with the Hammon/Smith-Chaston axis to work, as the jockey gave the horse a decent ride last time. Yes, he won by six lengths, but he needs waiting with to be delivered and Smith-Chaston didn't go too early.

Up 7lbs, he still looks interesting. He acts on soft and clearly stays well. He is likely to trade shorter with his smooth style, so could be a nice back-to-lay to get your stake back in-running.

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Alan Dudman's P&L

2019 Overall: -1.85

This week so far....

Staked: 4.50
Returned: 6.70

2018: +44.91
2017: +5.49
2016: +16.38

*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise

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