One rider's strike-rate at Sedgefield is impressive
McCain youngster can chip in with an improved performance
Alan Dudman is playing a 29/1 Sportsbook double on Friday in the north east
Bridge to go for glory at Sedgefield
Back Glory Bridge @ 6.05/1 in the 12:00 at Sedgefield
A rather frustrating day yesterday as Highland Charge was a non-runner, which puts a real kybosh into a double when playing at shorter prices.
Friday presents a good day's racing and I am starting nice and early with a selection at Sedgefield in the opening 12:00 2m1f Maiden Hurdle - so we know our fate nice and early.
Piecederesistance shaped well at Newcastle last time, but at 11/10, I'd rather play on the Donald McCain Glory Bridge.
The Malpas maestro won this race last year with the highly progressive Jungle Jack, and Glory Bridge has a chance to at least put right a wrong from his hurdling debut at Ayr in October. It wasn't a strong race but he was most disappointing as he was beaten by 20L.
His jumping went to pieces in the final stages and folded tamely, but when horses stop so quickly, there could have been a problem.
A return to Sedgefield is a plus as Glory Bridge won his bumper here last term. The ground was good to soft that day and I like the way he made his move for home. This doesn't look a strong contest at all bar the favourite, and there are ways to play it without the forecast or indeed the W/O market, but he should improve for the Ayr effort considering it was his first for nearly 300 days, and he might just have needed the experience.
Kildrum off a good mark with conditions in favour
Back Kildrum @ 5.04/1 in the 13:35 at Sedgefield
I do like a long-distance race at Sedgefield over the unique 3m3f and Emma Smith-Chaston can add to her fine recent tally with Kildrum in the 13:35.
With just one win in 10 outings over fences, he's not progressive and runs off a basement mark in the low 70s, but he's got a big chance off that rating and has one thing that I do like here; Hexham form, and that should give us hope he'll stay well too over nearly 3m4f.
He jumped the 19 races from the front well at Hexham last spring in good to soft conditions, a much improved jumping display too under Smith-Chaston. He made his return for this season 28 days ago, once again at Hexham over 3m, and that should tee him up in terms of fitness.
Smith-Chaston is 5-11 at Sedgefield this term and her mount will have his ground conditions.
October/November singles winners:
Sleeping Satellite 15/8 Won
Lifetime Ambition 9/1 Placed
Rebellious Gale 9/2 Placed
Lunar Discovery 2/1 Won
Favour And Fortune 11/2 Win and Place
Halsafari 9/1 Placed
Tagabawa 4/5 Won
Documenting 7/2 Won
I See You Well 17/2 Placed
Eva's Oskar 8/1 Placed
Sea Gifted 11/4 Won
Sweet Will 9/1 Won and Placed
Vaynor 7/4 Won
Magical Vision 10/1 Won and Placed
De Legislator 9/10 Won
Captain Quint 2/1 Won
Fiston Du Mou 5/2 Won
Rickety Gate 5/2 Won
Warren Point 9/4 Won
Pennymoor 17/2 Won and Placed
Tarhib 5/1 Won
Hoganville 3/1 Won
Sole Pretender 9/1 Placed R4
Maximilian Evens Won
Another Odyssey 5/4 Won
Magnetic North 16/1 Placed
Mr Alan 4/1 Won
Bright Diamond 13/2 Placed
Hurtle 2/1 Won
Good Impression 3/1 Won
Soft Whisper 2/1 Won