A winner and unfortunately a non-runner from Alan's three selections yesterday, he finishes off his week in the chair with two from Hexham...
"With that first run under her belt it’s easy enough to anticipate she’ll take a big step forward for the excellent Rebecca Menzies team"
Rebecca Menzies charge looks the one to be on
That's My Dubai was certainly beaten a long way on her return from a 217 day break, when she finished sixth of 13 at Cartmel last time out but she actually ran a little better than the 47 length distance beaten suggests. She seems to need a run to get her going at the beginning of the season, as she did exactly the same last year, first time out she was seventh of 10 again beaten by the same margin but she then finished in the first three in all her other races.
She gets a 2lb drop in the weights for that performance and with that first run under her belt it's easy enough to anticipate she'll take a big step forward for the excellent Rebecca Menzies team. A stiff track at this trip is exactly what she needs, a favourable 2lb drop in the weights as well as Nathan Moscrop claiming 3lbs and the ground is also something she handles well. It looks like things are certainly in her favour.
Flood Defence could be a well named winner at Hexham
It didn't stop raining in the North East all day Saturday so Ian Jardine's Flood Defence would be a suitably named winner. The six-year-old mare is going handicapping for the first time in this sphere and looks fairly treated. She ran better the last time she was seen over obstacles, with her runs on the flat since making this mark look very tempting if she can tap back into that level. Again this stiffer track will help her at the trip and she could be tough to stop.
The biggest threat can come from her stable mate Camile, she hasn't been seen over hurdles since landing a gamble by winning by wide margin at Southwell after being well backed into 6/4f back in November. She will also be fit from her three flat runs this season and it will be interesting to see if there is any significant market moves for her.
2020 (prior to this week) : -3.06 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 19 Pts
Returned: 9.25 pts
2020 P&L -2.81 pts
2019 P&L +0.31 pts
2018 P&L +82.29 pts
2017 P&L +53.30 pts
2016 P&L +15.23 pts