Today's racecards

Sedgefield

  • 13:20 John Wade Skip Hire Novices' Hurdle 2m 4f

  • Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey Sky Bet
1 F1-1F1 Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Up And Go (FR) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
5 11-11 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 1001
2 6044/P Yellow, Black triple diamond, Black sleeves, Yellow diamonds and diamonds on cap Ballet D'anges (FR) 34
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7 11-4 W Amos Callum Whillans (5) 1001
3 R57 MAROON and LIGHT BLUE (quartered), MAROON sleeves Bold Slasher (IRE) 52
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5 11-4 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania 1001
4 92-4363 Mauve, Purple stars, armlets and stars on cap Phoenix Returns (IRE) 25
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5 11-4 G A Swinbank F Davis 1001
5 080 Emerald Green, Orange hoops, checked sleeves, quartered cap Shouda (IRE) 27
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7 11-4 h Mrs S Leech Paul Moloney 1001

Verdict

UP AND GO will be a very short price in this opener. Already a winner between the flags and in a bumper, he wasn't unfancied when falling in a Grade 2 hurdle at Sandown in December. Donald McCain's charge made amends with a smooth victory over this trip at Wetherby subsequently and has little to beat here. Phoenix Returns is probably the one for forecast-backers as he's been placed here and at Kelso, though still has his stamina to prove over this longer trip.