Sheriff to rule at his favourite venue
Leg 1 - Back Sheriff Garrett @ 3/1 in the 15:30 at Hexham
A visit to Hexham on Friday can hopefully provide some profit in search of the double, and a couple of course regulars make the list.
Sheriff Garrett was caught late over course and distance last time and was matched at 1.091/11 in defeat. He led at a steady pace in that and he was beaten by Henry Sellers who appeared to have the stronger stamina.
Up to a mark of 122 means he needs a personal best, but he's a few pounds superior running around Hexham and he is always dangerous here when gifted an easy lead. Glinger Flame has been in deeper races but he has been known to idle at the end is a tiny bit trick, albeit a class-dropper.
Hexham regular can add another to the tally
Leg 1: Back Graystown @ 9/2 in the 16:05 at Hexham
Hexham regular Graystown had been backed from 11/2 into 9/2 on the Sportsbook and he can land his fourth win at the track.
The Stuart Coltherd 9yo was last in action a month ago with a run over 2m. The comeback was following a small break of 87 days and he'll be sharper today as it looked as though the bare minimum trip caught him out. Kapsize made a decisive move for home over the far side and while Graystown tried to go with him, he looked outpaced and ended up closing and staying on at the end.
He previously bolted up over Hexham's 2m4f by 8L from a mark of 82 - his third win at the track. He can make the odd mistake and has never been the most fluent jumper, but that victory highlighted a better round on that front.
I suspect he is better on good ground, but he has winning form on soft too in case the forecast is accurate with rain predicted.
Daily Multi-Sports Double
Leg 1: Back Top Secret - 16:50 Ascot @ 15/2
Timeform says: "Top Secret made it two wins from two starts over this course and distance when making all last time and remains a handicapper to be positive about. He was given a good tactical ride by this jockey on that occasion and probably had more in hand than it seemed. He is likely to be seen to better effect now back in a bigger field and he can offer some value against the likely short-priced favourite Sunray Major."
Leg 2: Back West Brom to beat Stoke (KO: 19:45) @ 11/10
Mark O'Haire says: "West Brom are still unbeaten under Valerien Ismael's watch with the Baggies boasting a W6-D4-L0 return. Albion are already projecting as an automatic promotion candidate with the visitors' early season numbers difficult to ignore. WBA sit inside the top-three for almost every meaningful data-point with Ismael suggesting his side will only get better from here."