The meeting at Hexham in Northumberland compliments the third day of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival on Thursday afternoon with their seven-race card which gets underway at 1.45pm.
We will provide horse racing tips, previews and predictions for three races on the card, those taking place at 1.45pm, 3.05pm and 5.10pm.
“Tip of the Day” – Moonacura (5.10pm Hexham) – 15/8 with William Hill
A close third when a well-backed favourite on his handicap debut at Uttoxeter last month, Stuart Coltherd’s charge looks more than capable of winning a race of this nature.
1.45pm Hexham. 3m
Likely favourite Shaka The King has not always impressed with his jumping since being sent over fences this season, while the Stuart Coltherd-trained First Illusion, on his debut over fences, has shown little over hurdles to date and is best watched on this occasion.
This leaves course specialist CUDGEL as the value bet in this moderate 3m novices’ handicap chase in the hands of jockey Jamie Hamilton. The nine-year-old’s last eight runs on the course boast form figures of 2-1-1-1-3-2-3-2, those three victories coming over hurdles off marks of 77, 85 and 88.
Running off a rating of 91 here and following a recent win op, the James Walton-trained gelding is fancied to open his account over the bigger obstacles following several near misses.
3.05pm Hexham. 4m
This four mile contest is all about stamina and while plenty can be fancied, including the two top weights Dubai Devils and Another Emotion along with Surrey raider Alkopop, the each-way value may lie with GREY ATLANTIC WAY towards the bottom of the weights.
The nine-year-old grey will have the services of jockey Sean Quinlan for the first time and despite having to race from 5lb out of the handicap, the Danny Brooke-trained gelding ticks plenty of boxes.
Grey Atlantic Way has only one victory from 16 starts to his name but the horse could be crying out for this marathon trip. Three runs over distances in excess of three miles has resulted in a win and two seconds. At a double-figure price the grey makes plenty of each-way appeal.
5.10pm Hexham. 2m 7 1/2f
This Class 5 handicap hurdle looks a perfect opportunity for the Stuart Coltherd-trained MOONACURA to open his account over hurdles on the gelding’s fifth start since joining his current handler from Ireland.
After being sent off at big prices in novice hurdles at Carlisle and Ayr (twice) the five-year-old was heavily backed on his handicap debut at Uttoxeter last month.
Beaten less than three lengths in third place, the mount of Sam Coltherd showed more than enough to suggest the son of Fame And Glory is capable of winning a race of this nature off a mark only 1lb higher.
Tartan Cookie, an eight length winner at Newcastle last month, is the obvious danger, although the six-year-old may struggle to concede 10lb to the selection.