Alan Dudman had winners at 13/2, 8/1 and 4/1 last time, with two double-figure seconds and a beaten 1.01. He takes over from Alan Thompson's successful stint, and is heading to Hexham on Friday...
"He loves heavy ground and is lightly-raced, so there's more to come from a mark of 122. His trainer is in fine nick too with three winners and five seconds since the 28th October."
It's Hexham all the way for today's bets, and the go-to trainer and jockey team of Sue Smith and Danny Cook around here can hopefully get us off to a good start.
I don't normally flag up maiden hurdles and runners making their debuts, but this doesn't look a deep race. The favourite Handy Hollow looks a bit limited, and there really isn't an awful lot to get excited about.
However, Black Art's price of 9/2 fits the bill here.
He showed improved form in soft conditions for Emma Lavelle when in action last March in a Chepstow bumper. He wasn't beaten far, and that race could turn out to be above-average. The second ran in a bumper at Punchestown afterwards, and the winner Dessinateur was seen this week over hurdles in a good race behind the potentially very smart Dynamite Dollars.
This will be Black Art's first run for Smith since being purchased for £16,000, and I think he is worth backing on the strength of the Chepstow race.
I can't resist having another go at one of my favourite jumps' tracks on Friday, and the real test that awaits the field for this 3m handicap chase should suit the selection Teddy Tee.
He's a bit bigger in price than I expected at 8/1 on the Sportsbook for his first run of the campaign, so that is the worry off a break of 221 days in soft ground around here, but he has run quite well fresh in the past.
Teddy Tee is a big, strong, chasing type that wants a proper test. In the mud over Hexham's 3m, he will certainly get that. His trainer Nicky Richards has said in the past that he's been green and backward, although we only saw him once over hurdles last term.
His best run came in heavy conditions at Bangor on his sole start over fences, but Bangor wouldn't really be his track. It's worth noting back in February 2015 in a novices' handicap hurdle, he might have beaten Grand National winner One For Arthur had he not tipped up at the last.
He loves heavy ground and is lightly-raced, so there's more to come from a mark of 122. His trainer is in fine nick too with three winners and five seconds since the 28th October.
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