Let the September Jumps fun commence racing fans! We’re off to Hexham on Wednesday evening and I have three selections for you in the first three races.
Unlike last week, it’s all about the Jumps. So on Thursday we have Southwell, for Friday we head off over the Irish Channel to Kilbeggan and then we’ll end up back at Stratford on Saturday. I’ll be looking to bang in a few Jumps winners this week for sure.
Lastly, before we get onto my betting tips for Wednesday, just a quick reminder to check out my first ante post betting tip for the 2023/24 National Hunt season and to keep your eyes peeled for plenty more Jumps and Cheltenham-related goodies coming very soon!
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My three selections for Wednesday evening run in the first three races on the Hexham card and I’m really rather excited by all of them. I’m quite a big fan of Hurdles, so here I’m checking out the Novices first and then moving on to some that we will most likely see more of as the NH season gets properly under way.
The opener at Hexham is a six-runner Novice Hurdle and there are a couple of interesting runners amongst them. Belle Of Annandale is a particularly intriguing candidate, as she failed to win on the Flat in 18 starts, then went out and won on her Hurdles debut at Perth.
That really did come as something of a surprise and she won in such a gritty fashion that she definitely has something to build on in this new sphere. She has been stepped up by half a mile here though, so whether she has enough improvement in her to cope with that and to beat the Irish raider in the field remains to be seen.
That particular Irish horse is John McConnell’s Lisnamult Lad who has far more Hurdling experience than Belle Of Annandale. Last time out at Downpatrick, he ran over further and came in behind a very decent pair of horses. He travelled really fluently throughout the race, finishing less than two lengths behind the winner. Over this shorter trip he’s sure to perform much better and by rights, should take all the beating here
The second race on the card at Hexham is full of exposed and seasoned runners, but there are few in here that have much in the way of decent form. Hannah’s Walk is out of the Handicap, at the bottom of the weights, but she did run well here two weeks ago, on her seasonal debut, which at least gives her something to build on.
Colonel Manderson is another who would have a slight chance if he returned to the form he showed when he was in the care of Dan Skelton, but I think both will have a job to beat James Owen’s improver My Gift To You, who is definitely the better of Harry Cobden’s two rides here at Hexham.
James Owen and Harry Cobden have teamed up really well this season and this gelding has already won two races in good style. He could perhaps have got even closer last time out with a slightly more prominent ride, but he still came in ahead of a couple of decent horses, so there was no disgrace in defeat. He is definitely still improving and poses as the most likely winner here for sure.
This Handicap Hurdle is a really competitive race, with plenty of useful runners in the field and it takes a bit of dissecting. Belvedere Blast maybe found conditions a little too tough last time out and it was also a step up in class, but prior to that he did win three on the bounce, including one over course and distance. That was back in June, but if he returns in that form, then he would have a good chance of making the frame here.
Punxsutawney Phil is probably the best horse in this race and has a chance on his best form, but it’s going to be tough for him to win off top weight, despite having Harry Cobden in the saddle. Cousu Main is another that holds solid credentials and he is Handicapped to go very close indeed. The one I fancy here though is Copper Beach, running for Sue Smith, who takes a slight drop back to what I think is his optimum trip here.
On his two most recent starts over this trip, he had a win and then finished second to a well-Handicapped horse at Aintree, which really puts him in the picture here. Copper Beach is a really good traveller and very straightforward, so I expect a bold bid from him and see him going very close indeed. He is still slightly unexposed at this trip and if he turns up in good fettle, I think he is going to get very competitive indeed.
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