The last time Alan Dudman was seen at Hexham he landed an enhanced 66/1 double. He's back at the venue today looking for more winners...
"His form needs improving on a lot, but the chink of light came in a race at Wetherby in October in novice company. He looked all stamina in that and will get 3m no problem."
Go on, be a devil
I am shunning the glitz and the glamour of Epsom and Derby day in favour of a trip to the north east and my favourite track Hexham. Stayers rule here, and while that is true for the Downs too and especially the 1m4f Blue Riband, we stick with the jumpers today.
Speak Of The Devil gets a thumbs up from the Roman jumping gods today, although his jumping can often get the thumbs down. But he has bags of stamina.
He displayed that in a gruelling mudfest at Ayr last winter over 3m3f when only two finished. He also hit just about every single fence in that race.
A run over course and distance last time where he finished second puts him in the frame for this from not only a fair mark, but also a talented young rider Oakley Brown.
Keep with Cyrus for stamina
Sheriff Garrett looks an obvious pick considering his record at this sort of level and a liking for Hexham, and he's about the right price at 5/2 on the Sportsbook.
However, I have earmarked Cyrus Keep as a stayer and he looks interesting switching to Hexham today.
He races from a very low weight with the champion jockey Brian Hughes on board, and with a lightly-raced profile.
His form needs improving on a lot, but the chink of light came in a race at Wetherby in October in novice company. He looked all stamina in that and will get 3m no problem.
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