first_imgHEXHAM 8.40St. John Lee Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Handicap HurdleTIME: 8.40pmTV: ATRAfter the Lord Mayor’s Show….A 71 point profit last week but a loss of 7 points yesterday to start the week with what can only be described as a disappointing effort from Mince.She seemed to have everything go in her favour during the race and travelled well just couldn’t pick up in the closing stages.There won’t be many times an amateur riders novices’ handicap hurdle at Hexham catches our eye as the ‘event of the day’ but the stars have aligned tonight for the 8.40 contest.The first instinct here was to take on the favourite Brother Scott who scrambled home when winning at Sedgefield for which he earnt a 5lb penalty.That seemed to be a stopper for him at Market Rasen last Friday when he started favourite but could only finish 6th (beaten just over 5 lengths).He’s not a horse I’m too keen on following again tonight with such a short recovery time from Friday’s race and is a horse always prone to the odd jumping error.As for the rise in the weights – it very much is a case of He’s Too Heavy – He’s my Brother for Brother Scott.As for the winner? I think The Ferick is of interest back on fast ground he can handle. He has a good jockey onboard and is not without support in the early price fluctuations.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)3 points win THE FERICK (8.40 Hexham)(-7 points Monday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.YOU CAMERA NOT BE SERIOUSAt Star Sports we have to admire the audacity of the player who used his phone to snap a photo of a ball mark during a French Open match.He has been fined $2,000 (about 1,500 euros).Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine was cited for unsportsmanlike conduct for setting aside his racket and taking a picture of the spot in the red clay where a shot landed near a line in his 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 loss to seventh-seeded Richard Gasquet at Roland Garros.The penalty was listed Thursday among other fines of players at the Grand Slam tournament. The match was Monday. Stakhovsky said he spoke to a tennis official in the hope of avoiding losing some of his prize money. But he wound up getting docked about 7 percent of the roughly $27,000 (21,000 euros) he earned as a first-round loser.last_img