From Paris, to Ayr, to Bangor – it’s fair to say our NAP of the Day column has been on something of a Whistle Stop Tour lately.

The next destination is Hexham, on Friday, where the aforementioned Lucinda Russell inmate is fancied to make a winning start under rules.

NAP of the Day

  • 13:25 Hexham – Whistle Stop Tour6/4

The selection was bought for £115,000 after winning a PTP at Loughrea back in March. That form has a strong look to it, with the runner-up Primoz, who’s now the selection’s stablemate, subsequently going close in another fair contest.

He looks a good prospect for the season – a view shared by Michael Scudamore, now operating alongside Russell at her yard in Scotland, who recently suggested the son of Saddex as his horse to follow.

It looks like connections have found a good starting point for the five-year-old, as this novices’ hurdle over 2m looks far from vintage.

Philip Kirby’s 116-rated Jeepydoff Meel is the standard setter, but it’s a modest one at best and he has to give weight to all 13 rivals – while there’s not much to shout about regarding the other seven rivals that are yet to jump an obstacle in public.

If the selection is going to live up to his reputation, he has to be winning this for a team more than capable of readying one first time out.

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