Hexham 30/09/16 review
In the opening seller Cotillion looked to have been left the race at his mercy. However Julia Brooke’s Smadynium was given an enterprising ride by Ross Turner and repelled the 4/11 favourite comfortably. The winner was bought in for £4000 guineas.
Master of Finance was a decent horse on the flat and jumped and raced like the winner until outstayed by Spirit of Kayf (below) from the last. The winner will be even better over a longer trip whilst Malcolm Jeffersons runner up will like most of his runners at present be better for the run.
The field was reduced to just 4 for the novice chase including Mick Hammonds chase debutant Tickenwolf who looked fit and well and jumped well throughout before getting up in the last stride to beat the consistent Nefyn Bay. The winner should be better still on good ground and should have few problems winning again at this level.
Paddy Brennan had only one ride and made sure Australasia made it worthwhile with a positive ride taking it up nearly a circuit from home. Mountainside was very disappointing and will surely be put away until the Spring and better ground. Lyric Street was never happy and may have his own ideas on the game.
What’s Up Woody made a bold bid for his hat trick but was collared close home by Formidableopponent. The runner up jumped to the right and may be even happier back at Perth or Carlisle. Ever So Much ran an inexplicably wretched race.
Richard Johnson was another top jockey with only one ride but it proved a fruitless journey as warm favourite Mad Money was beaten a long way from home. St Gregory was winning for the first time over hurdles but this was a modest affair and Henry Brooke’s comment about the 3rd More Madness (below) as he returned suggests the gelding is not the most genuine!
Master Of Finance – jumped well and will strip fitter for this and has the speed to win a decent novice hurdle.
Tickenwolf – looked a natural over fences and should pay his way in novice chases this season.