By Brian Hughes
I have four rides at Hexham this afternoon.
Baracalu, a bumper winner in March 2017, put in a good run for me at Sedgefield last December, finishing second of ten, beaten by under two lengths.
This is his comeback run and some of his rivals may have a fitness edge today.
Know The Score ran well at Chepstow recently and is the one to beat.
My horse is working well at home and I hope he makes the frame.
Derriana Spirit is a very consistent mare with a win and three seconds from her last five attempts under rules.
She ran well for me on her hurdling debut at Ayr, beaten by four and a half lengths in second.
She is a big strong mare and I expect her to improve for the experience and go close today.
Iconic Belle and Madam Cloud are chief rivals.
Inchcolm, a winner of four chases including the last two, was successful here in November over a similar trip.
He is in a rich vein of form at the moment and I hope he completes the hat-trick.
Alto Des Mottes is the main danger.
Echo Express, a bumper winner, ran well for me here three weeks ago on his chasing debut, finishing second to Le Frank.
This was his return run from a break of 177 days and I would expect him to progress from the outing and have every chance today with cheekpieces fitted.
Kavanaghs Corner, a good second at Uttoxeter seventeen days ago, is the chief threat.