The Northern Area circuit heads back to the Ratcheugh Farm course near Alnwick on Sunday, where the College Valley & North Northumberland fixture has 91 entries on a seven race card starting at 12.30pm.
The lightly raced Cool Vic (right), a Hexham bumper winner in October 2010, made an encouraging return to the track after a long lay-off when thirteen lengths 3rd to Native Coll over course and distance last month. Further improvement is on the cards for Andrew Richardson's mount and the gelding is preferred to Gin Cobbler and Ocarina in the NPPA Club Members Race.
The Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club Members Race for novice riders is restricted to jockeys who have not won more than three races under all codes. Galant Nuit landed the corresponding contest on the recent Jedforest card, having also scored in Open company at Alnwick and Duncombe Park in February. Rees Morgan Murphy's mount only has to carry a 5lb penalty for those wins and looks a good thing to complete a four-timer from ex-hurdler, Via Archimede (right) and Marfleet.
Who'slaughingnow (right) made all to beat Buywise and Retrace Your Steps by a head and three lengths at Alnwick over two and a half miles on February 3. The form was franked when the placed horses both won next time out, and Dan Ockenden's charge can follow up in the Restricted Race from Mission Beach and Murphys Beau.
The diminutive Sea Scout ran his heart out when recording a tenth career win at Corbridge last Sunday and could turn out again in the Ladies Open Race if underfoot conditions soften in his favour. Of the others, Cast Iron Casey and Temple Green filled the minor placings in the recent Jedforest equivalent, while Newyearsresolution (right) chased home Sea Scout at Alnwick last time out.
Although Hennessy has drawn a blank since landing the Bet365 Gold Cup (formerly the Whitbread) at Sandown Park in April 2009, the Ferdy Murphy-owned gelding has the class to capture the Men's Open Race. The 12 year old did little wrong when making the useful Classinaglass pull out all the stops to beat him by a length at Sheriff Hutton in January. His main rivals are Tommysteel (right) and ex-chaser, Moon Over Miami. The former hated the soft, holding ground when pulled up in a Kelso Hunters' Chase last Saturday, while the latter gave his new owner/trainer, Drew Holmes a great ride when runner-up to Creevytennant in a Musselburgh Hunters' Chase on February 3.
The locally trained Bafana Choice (right) ran a blinder on his comeback outing when finishing one and a half lengths 2nd to Moscow Menace at Alnwick three weeks ago, only to be disqualified for going the wrong side of a marker on the bend approaching four out. Granted a trouble free run in the first division of the Open Maiden Race, George White's charge can open his account at the main expense of Filbert Fox and Danebrook Lad.
Paddock appearance will be crucial in the second division of the Open Maiden Race with the 14 entries comprising a couple of newcomers, horses making their seasonal debuts and several with little recent form. The Brig at Ayr (right) is better than last year's form figures might suggest and could go well for Nick Orpwood, while Mr Shahady, who was placed three times over hurdles in Ireland in 2011 but missed last term, also merits respect.
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