Today's racecards

Hexham

  • 14:00 Metrocentre Always A Winner Beginners' Chase2m 110y

  • Winner £2,927 2nd £860 3rd £430 4th £215
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 16.30s
  • Off time: 14:00:23
14:00 Hexham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Saveiro (FR) 11/4
2nd Twentynineblack (FR) 10/3

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 P3/30-P Grey, pink spots, armlets and cap Alaskan Prince (IRE) 104
Nag me
5 11-3 P Salmon T Messenger 66/167.00
2 25/062B- Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Indian Groom (IRE) 168
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5 11-3 J Howard Johnson Timmy Murphy 5/42.25
3 914522- Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap Kellystown Lad (IRE) 168
Nag me
7 11-3 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 7/18.00
4 4222-16 Yellow, Maroon chevrons, Yellow sleeves, Yellow cap, Maroon star Saveiro (FR) 148
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-3 G A Swinbank B Hughes 11/43.75
5 242-211 emerald green and black diamonds, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap Twentynineblack (FR) 129
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-3 D McCain Jnr Brian Harding 10/34.33

Verdict

KELLYSTOWN LAD has looked like this test would suit and the prolific Irish point-to-point winner gets the nod. Although his trainer is not renowned for winners at this time of year this Old Vic gelding looks the type to run well, going over fences for the first time. Soft ground holds no fears and a bold bid is anticipated. Timmy Murphy is teaming up well with Howard Johnson and Indian Groom, a 135-rated hurdler is respected as he makes his chasing debut. Saveiro is interesting if we ignore his final run at Aintree and he shouldn't mind soft ground, a comment that also applies to the progressive hurdler Twentynineblack who seemed to enjoy being ridden more patiently when last seen in the summer.