It's a busy time for Hexham, as they will race for the second time in three days on Thursday, where the ground staff will have to work extra hard to maintain the already heavy, soft in places going.
Since arriving from France back in 2021 as a 10 year old, Bandit D'Ainay has caught the eye on a couple of occasions that would put him right in the mix here, but there has been nothing to get excited about in any of his last five starts, stretching back to June of last year, as his mark continues to fall drastically. He goes to post for the 2.10.pm, a 0-100 handicap chase over the extended one mile and seven furlongs, with Conor O'Farrell retaining the ride.
Next up is Buto at 3.55.pm, in a 0-100 handicap hurdle over two miles and seven furlongs, with Conor O'Farrell on board for the first time. Buto has yet to get involved in a finish from his four starts since arriving from Ireland last autumn, but on the plus side his mark has now dropped by 20lb to just 73. He has form from his early days on the flat which makes this mark look attractive, but his previous Irish jumps form does temper enthusiasm.
Trevelyn's Corn returned to form over this course and distance two weeks ago when finishing second from the same mark as now. That race was also run on heavy ground, so everything is in place for another big run, from a mark that looks generous on his previous second at this track from 7lb higher, which was in this corresponding race a year ago. Trevelyn's Corn goes to post for the 4.30.pm, a 0-105 handicap chase over two and a half miles, with Emma Smith-Chaston retaining the ride.
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