Philip Hobbs sends a couple of runners up to Hexham. Both deserve respect, Arthur Mac in the 1.40 and Little Rory Mac in the 5.40. Both are in the same ownership.
Moving on to Chepstow, and staying with the Hobbs theme, Umndeni, a bumper winner last season, is my selection in the 1.55.
Yet another selection from the Hobbs yard is Lord Duveen in the 2.30. In the 3.05 I just prefer Midnightreferendum to Posh Trish. In the 3.35 my selection is the unbeaten Master Tommy Tucker.
In the 4.45 Theclockisticking is marginally preferred to Captain Cattistock.
Step Back and Thomas Patrick are the two I fancy in the 5.20. I always like course form at Chepstow and this persuades me to choose Thomas Patrick. If he were to be a non runner the selection would revert to Step Back.