Today's racecards

Hexham

  • 17:00 Vallum Standard Open NH Flat Race2m 110y

  • Winner £1,643 2nd £479 3rd £240
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 7.50s
  • Off time: 17:02:58
17:00 Hexham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Shades Of Midnight 11/4
2nd Pithivier (FR) 5/4
3rd Apples And Trees (IRE) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 MAROON, YELLOW diamond, YELLOW cap Apples And Trees (IRE)
Nag me
5 11-2 D McCain Jnr A P Lane 9/25.50
2 Black, White Sash Charlie Snow Angel
Nag me
5 11-2 Miss S E Forster Mr T Hamilton (7) 33/134.00
3 55 MAROON, WHITE diamond and sleeves, WHITE cap, MAROON star Major Ridge (IRE) 14
Nag me
5 11-2 J Bewley Callum Bewley (7) 18/119.00
4 9 LIGHT BLUE, RED cross belts, BLACK and RED hooped sleeves, RED cap Meet Henry 23
Nag me
5 11-2 R Nixon Dale Irving (7) 100/1101.00
5 6 Red, emerald green sleeves, red spots, emerald green cap Pegasus Walk (IRE) 24
Nag me
5 11-2 Mrs R Dobbin Craig Nichol (5) 16/117.00
6 0 Purple, white epaulets, hooped sleeves Valnamixe Du Mee (FR) 41
Nag me
5 11-2 R Johnson K Johnson 50/151.00
7 P Purple, Red epaulets, Pink sleeves, Red cap Clan Legend 14
Nag me
4 10-10 N W Alexander Lucy Alexander 10/111.00
8 33 Yellow, Grey star, sleeves and star on cap Pithivier (FR) 51
Nag me
4 10-10 P D Niven K Renwick 5/42.25
9 3 ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW sash and cap with BLUE hoop Shades Of Midnight 23
Nag me
4 10-10 D W Whillans Callum Whillans (5) 11/43.75

Verdict

Market support for either newcomer, especially Apples And Trees, needs to be taken seriously with the McCain yard enjoying a healthy strike rate in such races. Nevertheless, SHADES OF MIDNIGHT shaped with considerable promise on his Kelso debut in what appeared a decent bumper. Improvement seems assured and he's taken to go one better with the benefit of experience, although the one negative is the lowly stable strike rate in contests of this nature. Pithivier has encountered heavy ground on both starts, filling the minor placing on each occasion. The Niven inmate clearly has ability and it will be interesting to see how he handles better ground. He certainly represents shortlist material.