14:10 Hexham 9 Nov 2018

Weatherbys Racing Bank Foreign Exchange Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £6,267 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

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Data quality74%
Position
1
216-432
iT
Emerald green, yellow star, emerald green sleeves, yellow stars, white cap, yellow star (Mr M Friel And Mr T Reid)

River Icon 53 (21F) 

b m Sixties Icon - River Alder (Alderbrook)

6 12-2
122
6 12-2
122

Flat/hurdles winner who was a good second on chase debut here (20f) in September. Not disgraced on the level since and remains with potential back over fences.

Flat/hurdles winner who was a good second on chase debut here (20f) in September. Not disgraced on the level since and remains with potential back over fences.

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River Icon Score: 375

3
2
4/2P2-34
iT
White, black chevron, black sleeves, white diamonds, quartered cap (Mr Andrew J Martin)

Militarian 148 

b g Kayf Tara - Mille Et Une (Trempolino)

8 11-12
118
8 11-12
118

Point winner who left hurdles form behind over fences, looking ahead of his mark at times despite not winning. Remains of interest.

Point winner who left hurdles form behind over fences, looking ahead of his mark at times despite not winning. Remains of interest.

Militarian Score: 413

2
3
2222-
iT
White and maroon check, maroon sleeves, white armlets, maroon cap (Mr Ken McGarrity)

Geronimo 207 

ch g Kadastrof - Triggers Ginger (Double Trigger)

7 11-5
111
7 11-5
111

Runner-up all 4 starts over hurdles, going close in handicaps the last twice. Will be suited by this return to 3m and type to do better over fences.

Runner-up all 4 starts over hurdles, going close in handicaps the last twice. Will be suited by this return to 3m and type to do better over fences.

Geronimo Score: 460

1
4
F1/1324-
iT
Royal blue, beige hoop (Leeds Plywood And Doors Ltd)

Talkofgold (IRE)  408 

gr m Gold Well - Talk Of Rain (Turgeon)

6 11-4
110
6 11-4
110

Irish maiden point winner who made successful start over hurdles in a 20f maiden here in May. Better form in defeat since but her opening mark does look stiff ahead of chase debut.

Irish maiden point winner who made successful start over hurdles in a 20f maiden here in May. Better form in defeat since but her opening mark does look stiff ahead of chase debut.

Talkofgold Score: 351

5
4/13365-
iT
Black, red stripe, hooped sleeves, white cap (Mrs Stef Keniry)

Durbanville 256 

b g Black Sam Bellamy - Kealshore Lass (Alflora)

6 11-3
109
6 11-3
109

Made winning yard/handicap debut at Carlisle (19.3f) in October. Placed next 2 starts, but standards slipped last 2 outings. Off 8 months. Chase/yard debut.

Made winning yard/handicap debut at Carlisle (19.3f) in October. Placed next 2 starts, but standards slipped last 2 outings. Off 8 months. Chase/yard debut.

Durbanville Score: 365

4
6
33081-4
iT
Black and royal blue stripes, white sleeves (The Gps Partnership)

Little Bruce (IRE)  188 

b g Yeats - Lady Rolfe (Alzao)

6 11-1 p
107
6 11-1 p
107

Unreliable over hurdles but back to winning ways in selling hurdle at Wetherby and not disgraced when fourth on chase bow here (20f) in May. Open to improvement, particularly back up in trip.

Unreliable over hurdles but back to winning ways in selling hurdle at Wetherby and not disgraced when fourth on chase bow here (20f) in May. Open to improvement, particularly back up in trip.

Little Bruce Score: 339

7
34249-9
iT
Maroon and light blue (quartered), maroon sleeves (Mr A D Hollinrake)

Le Drapeau (FR)  22 

ch g Satri - La Bandera (Bahhare)

6 11-0
106
6 11-0
106

Best effort last term when second in heavy-ground handicap at Sedgefield (21.2f) in January. Below par on return last month but run might have been needed. Chase debut.

Best effort last term when second in heavy-ground handicap at Sedgefield (21.2f) in January. Below par on return last month but run might have been needed. Chase debut.

Le Drapeau Score: 337

8
2173P9
iT
Emerald green, yellow and emerald green diabolo on sleeves, emerald green and yellow quartered cap (Victoria Bewley,john Gibson&E G Tunsta)

Classical Milano (IRE)  15 

b g Milan - Miss Baden (Supreme Leader)

7 11-0
106
7 11-0
106

Won 3m handicap chase at Hexham in the summer but below par since.

Won 3m handicap chase at Hexham in the summer but below par since.

Classical Milano Score: 310

9
6P5346-
iT
Pink, grey cross belts, hooped sleeves (8 Amigos,e Holmes, S Morrell & M Johns)

Cash To Ash (IRE)  225 

b g Westerner - Knocklayde Rose (Even Top)

5 10-13
105
5 10-13
105

Clear signs of ability over hurdles though struggled off opening mark last time. Chase debut (maiden Irish pointer).

Clear signs of ability over hurdles though struggled off opening mark last time. Chase debut (maiden Irish pointer).

Cash To Ash Score: 323

10
231/665-
iT
White, red seams, red sleeves, white armlets, red cap (County Set Six & Partner)

Late Date (IRE)  198 

b g Oscar - Regents Ballerina (Commanche Run)

7 10-8
100
7 10-8
100

Hurdles winner at Perth in 2017 but seen only 3 times since, well held after 11 months off when last seen in April. Should at least make a chaser given pointing background.

Hurdles winner at Perth in 2017 but seen only 3 times since, well held after 11 months off when last seen in April. Should at least make a chaser given pointing background.

Late Date Score: 349

Verdict

GERONIMO struck the crossbar in each of his four starts over hurdles last season and, almost certain to improve for a switch to fences, he will mount a bold bid if anywhere near peak fitness on his return from a 207-day absence. River Icon warrants plenty of respect lining up off the same mark as when runner-up over 2m4f here in September and she is match-fit following two subsequent spins on the level, while Talkofgold and Militarian are others to note.

Verdict

GERONIMO has finished second on all 4 of his starts but is threatening to come good soon and is the type to make a chaser. The versatile River Icon is next best ahead of Militarian.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Soft 8 Western Jo 9 11 12 120 472413 15 days Sam England (117 miles) J England 9/4 6:34.94