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Today’s notes cover Adam’s recent trips to Sedgefield and Hexham…
Sedgefield (Oct 6th)
Punxsutawney Phil; Rather round backed and took a while to get on top in the straight, form only modest as paddock pretty poor and one to oppose under penalty.
Spiritofthenorth; Appeared to be carrying condition, very weak in betting, had his own way of things in front. Irresolute maiden on the flat upto 10f, may require decent ground/sharp track to get home (Muss).
Moore Clouds; Keen going but still with a chance between last two, plenty of size and can improve again. Outside track at Carlisle over 2m may suit.
Kauto D’Amour; Plenty of size so likely to be having another go at fences this term, but was very rusty in the race and looked burly beforehand. Not a great walker.
Call The Fairies; Well backed, only compact sort, appeared to have every chance despite hampered early. Likely to improve.
Fairfield Ferrata; Decent type with size, should improve for outing. Went off the boil last term but should be capable of a fair bit better.
Sheila Nash; Big drifter on hurdles debut, compact/strong and knee action to post, has shown ability but may not be straight forward. Do better.
Northern Bound; Always been a fair looker and has strengthened up, entitled to win but did so with plenty in the tank after awkward passage. Solid jumper, unlikely to stay further. Hat-trick on cards.
Dr Sanderson/Blazer; Both carrying plenty of condition for yard having quiet time.
Treasured Company; Moved well to post and won with something in hand after strong support, form may be okay despite runner-up as paddock looked strong. T Willmott huge value for claim.
Lord Caprio; Held up too far out of ground and did well to stay on into third, worth another chance next time. Bit of size and can do better.
Blue Hawaii; Plenty of size, strong sort, jump a fence. Quite fit but will come on for the run.
Crack Du Ninian; Ticked plenty of boxes and looked straight enough to win on seasonal debut again. Point winner looks an assured jumper and yard does well with this type who knows how to win. May be best away from worst of ground.
Cooper’s Cross; Bred to want further than the minimum and wasn’t fit but has size and scope to win over fences.
Miraculous Getaway; Nicely backed, plenty of size and took step in right direction on chase debut, yard can be expected to place him to good effect off low mark.
Hexham (Oct 9th)
On The Wild Side; Big, leggy type, not a great shape and proved rather novicey, plenty of questions to answer.
Grand Morning; Strapping chaser, carried condition, entitled to get outpaced off steady pace but stayed on well. Hasn’t been trustworthy but this looked better.
Animore; Rather diminutive for fences, enjoyed easy time on the lead jumping soundly. Won’t have things so easy in future.
Readysteadybeau; Medium build, 115 type and most forward of the Russell contingent fitness wise. Shaped quite well.
Thunder In Milan; Plenty of size and strong, carried condition, sure to do better over further next time.
Twoshotsoftequila; Light framed and unfurnished, living on his nerves at present. Trainer told me he’d been up the gallops in the morning to help take away keenness. Found traffic problems before staying on nicely and one to keep an eye on.
Buddha Scheme; Lazy sort and not fit.
Scoop The Pot; Like most from the Haslam yard returned looking to carry condition.
Happy Hollow; Candlish horses look in great nick and he was fit and well, done by a well-handicapped horse and given too much to do.
Sutton Manor; Not over-big so may prove better over timber, got very warm but shaped with some promise behind fitter horses, should find a race from this mark.
Mr Jackman; Dwarfed by placed horses in paddock and not really much to look at, very much a hurdler. Overall profile remains unclear but appeared to come home well off a sound pace.
Sounds Russian; Strapping chase type looked pretty straight but needs to kick on rising 7.
Camp Belan; Plenty of size, ok sort and fairly straight, although raced as though needing the run after jockey tried to push the pace along at a fair clip.
First Revolution; Fair stamp but holds head high and looks untrustworthy, not fancying the hill.
Hungry Tiger; Quite short in the betting but rather light framed and doesn’t appeal much.
Rapid Raider; Typical Russell chasing type looking in need of the run, shaping ok in an admittedly poor affair. Mark can’t get much lower, however.
Khadaash; Son of Kingman looked too keen mid race and didn’t get home. Quite big and lengthy, likely to prove of little account.
Rocket Robbo; Headcase got loose twice before entering paddock and before going to start, soon backing out of things. Ok type physically but needs to calm down.
Fiadh; Arguably the form pick and made most of previous experience. Ok sort, quite athletic and looked well prepared for seasonal debut.
Melvich Bay; Outsider and looked pretty backward/unfurnished, shaped with promise but type to do best in handicaps.
Dear Alix; Ok for size and shape, pretty straight and came in for late support, probably running to a similar level as before.
Jack Of All Shapes; Made a noise on sole previous start, strapping chase prospect had done plenty of work, appeared to shape quite well for a staying type.
Big Changes; Fair looking, handy type but may need time and trainer quiet.
That’s all for this week’s article.
As things stand Adam will be going to Wetherby, Carlisle and Market Rasen this week, so we have those notes to look forward to, and they’ll be posted asap early next week.
Thanks for reading, Josh