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Alan Kelly's Horse Racing Tips for Hexham on Monday

Due to the unseasonably warm weather of last week, the ground at Monday’s two jump meetings, Ludlow and Hexham, is expected to ride on the fast side of good, resulting in a seven-race card boasting only 33 runners at the Shropshire racecourse.

With that in mind, we go to the Northumberland track for today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions. Today’s three selections run in the races taking place at 2.40pm, 3.15pm and 3.50pm.

“Tip of the Day” – Space Safari – 3.50pm Hexham

An unlucky faller when going well over today’s course and distance in December, Sandy Thomson’s charge, with a decent round of jumping, should prove too good for his five rivals in this moderate handicap chase.

Tokaramore (Longshot) – 2.40pm Hexham

Despite being the oldest runner in this 2m 4f handicap hurdle, and back over the smaller obstacles following a spell over fences, the 10-year-old Tokaramore could teach his younger rivals a thing or two in the hands of 7lb claimer Miss Ailsa McClung.

The Iain Jardine-trained mare won a chase over today’s course and distance last October on good ground, before failing to reproduce that form in two subsequent starts, both under softer conditions at Musselburgh and Carlisle.

The daughter of Sulamani is 5lb lower over hurdles than fences and with conditions to suit the return to the smaller obstacles can pay off in a race where few can be seriously fancied. The inconsistent Thatbeatsbanagher would have a big chance if reproducing his surprise Sedgefield victory of last month.

Everyday Champagne (Next Best) – 3.15pm Hexham

The Nicky Richards-trained Everyday Champagne is the least exposed runner in this 2m 4f handicap hurdle. And the mount of Sean Quinlan, after showing plenty of promise on his fourth run over the smaller obstacle at Newcastle earlier this month, should be more than capable of winning a race of this nature with only an average rate of improvement.

Backed into 7/2 favouritism at the north-east track on his handicap debut, the grey made a serious mistake at the fourth-last hurdle which knocked him back to the rear of the field, only to stay on strongly in the closing stage, eventually finishing a three and a half length third behind winner The Jad Factor.

Blow By Blow and Celtic Dancer have each-way claims but Everyday Champagne looks the one to beat.

Space Safari (NAP) – 3.50pm Hexham

Recent course second Hidden Cargo and the Peter Bowan-trained Le Tueur are respected in this weak Class 5 handicap chase. But on his third run over fences, this looks like a good opportunity for Space Safari to open his account over the bigger obstacle.

The mount of Ryan Mania may well have won on his chasing debut over today’s course and distance in December, only to fall three-out when going best of all in a close second place.

The lightly-raced nine-year-old was sent off favourite on his most recent starter at Carlisle but was pulled-up after making a bad mistake at the 11th fence. The Kapgarde gelding needs to brush up his jumping but with a clear round should prove best of these off a mark of only 74.

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