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13:55 Ayr

Heavy

Virgin Bet Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4084.5
  • 2m 4f 100y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
  • Win time: 5m 27s
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Virgin Bet Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 22-234

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Ran well in a C&D mares' novice last May (good to soft) but she hasn't run to the same level this winter and this asks plenty of her.

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3

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Charm Offensive

11st 1lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Progressive last year, winning here three times (2m4f/2m5f, soft/heavy), and solid second at Kelso (2m6f, heavy) in December last time; has run well over today's C&D in the past and could play a leading role now back here, provided conditions suit (effective on good to soft; unraced on good).

11/2

2nd

5

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Charm Offensive

11st 8lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders on inner

5/2

1st

1

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Charm Offensive

12st 0lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Progressive mare who won a C&D novice (heavy) and a mares' handicap (2m5f, soft; cheekpieces first time) here last season; good second in a Kelso handicap (2m4f, soft) on reappearance and although 3lb higher should go well again.

3/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 422-34

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Suited by these conditions in Ireland; ran quite encouragingly on British debut when fourth at Newcastle in January (2m4f, good to soft); this more testing ground can suit but more needed for the win.

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2

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Mount Melleray

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

13-race maiden who has a 416-day absence to defy and his best form has come over fences; however, he's well handicapped on his peak chase efforts and has also shown promise over hurdles; not discounted on return.

10/1

4th

4

30th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 34y

Class 3

16:40 Carlisle

Mount Melleray

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

A 12-race maiden but unlucky not to put that right back in February when touched off in a 2m4f maiden hurdle at Ayr and then by Houston Texas on his return to fences over C&D; up only 3lb for that and his turn will come.

15/2

2nd

2

28th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 2f 34y

Class 3

13:35 Carlisle

Mount Melleray

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

Placed in three beginners' chases in Ireland and now makes his handicap debut on the back of a near miss in a 2m4f heavy-ground maiden hurdle at Ayr; does look high enough in the weights and has stamina to prove, so others are preferred.

5/1

6/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 7-

Last run: 337 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in a Punchestown bumper last March but has made his mark in Irish points since, winning the latest two in November; sold £85,000 since; should be capable of going well on hurdle debut for yard that won this with high-flying Ahoy Senor 12 months ago.

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2

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:30 Kelso

Your Own Story

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Respectable sixth in last season's Scottish Grand National at Ayr (4m, good) in April; handles slower ground and entitled to come on for his second in a small field at Newcastle (2m7f); chance.

11/4

33/1

Form: 64

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Signs of ability in Irish points and on hurdle debut here but was a long way back at Newcastle last month and looks more of a handicap prospect.

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3rd

5

9th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:55 Ayr

Benack

11st 1lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: James Ewart

led

14/1

5th

4

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

13:35 Ayr

Benack

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: James Ewart

Lightly raced 6yo; best effort under rules when a close fourth of 14 in maiden here (2m4f, heavy; 40-1) last month; open to further improvement now handicapping in first-time cheekpieces; stablemate of Lord Roco.

7/1

4th

1

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

13:55 Ayr

Benack

11st 7lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: James Ewart

Signs of ability in Irish points and on hurdle debut here but was a long way back at Newcastle last month and looks more of a handicap prospect.

33/1

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Last run:

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Dam Listed bumper-winning half-sister to quite useful jumper Miss Serious; won Irish point in November (soft), form that looks better now with the third having a mark of 120 after a maiden hurdle win; sold for £50,000 since; market can guide on hurdle debut.

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3rd

2

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

16:45 Haydock

Gaillimh A Stor

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Low-mileage 7yo who has won a point and 2m4f novice hurdle; ran in chases on his three starts since wind surgery and fell in two; fair third of four at Ayr (3m, soft) in between, not 100% proving his stamina; tongue tied first time; return to hurdling may well help.

7/1

5

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 3

13:15 Kelso

Gaillimh A Stor

10st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders on inner, mistake and fell 1st

7/1

3rd

4

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Gaillimh A Stor

10st 5lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders, went third 13th, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching last

4/1

Form: 3-5442

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Has run well on all four starts for new yard here, at 2m-2m5f, but will need something extra to win a maiden.

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6

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Fame Valley

10st 7lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Ian Duncan

0-8 overall; has some encouraging Ayr form but badly lacks recent match practice having been absent for two years; heed the market signals on belated return to action.

25/1

6th

2

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

13:55 Ayr

Fame Valley

11st 7lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Ian Duncan

Has run well on all four starts for new yard here, at 2m-2m5f, but will need something extra to win a maiden.

16/1

2

30th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

16:00 Sedgefield

Fame Valley

11st 12lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Ian Duncan

Ex-Irish maiden who has been running well at Ayr for new yard, clear second on handicap debut (2m) most recently; now only 2lb higher and drops in grade; could be open to progress as a handicapper; respected.

5/2

Form: 43

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has shown promise in bumpers at Market Rasen and Haydock, not really improving on debut effort next time but it looked a slog on heavy ground; should be competitive on hurdle debut now racing over a trip that should suit on pedigree; has a Ballymore entry.

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3rd

2

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Sporty Jim

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Has not yet kicked on from last spring's Perth maiden win (2m4f, good to soft) but took big step back in right direction when keeping-on second at Market Rasen (2m7f, soft) last month and might be aided by the addition of cheekpieces here.

7/2

2nd

3

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:05 Market Rasen

Sporty Jim

11st 7lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Returned from long absence with fair fifth at Wetherby (2m3f, heavy) in November; pulled up at Haydock (3m, heavy) since but today's return to better ground could be a plus, with her win in a maiden hurdle at Perth (2m4f) in April 2022 coming on good to soft going.

9/1

0

2

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

12:15 Haydock

Sporty Jim

12st 0lb

J: Lewis Saunders

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, pecked on landing 3rd, jumped slightly right 5th

6/1

Form: 5

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

25-1 for Haydock bumper debut after Christmas where his challenge petered out; work to do now hurdling.

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7th

8

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

So Many Roads

11st 1lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

in touch with leaders on outer

7/1

5th

8

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:45 Kelso

So Many Roads

10st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Donald Whillans

Lacks a change of gear and conditions were heavy for sole success, over 2m4f at Ayr last winter; found wanting when tried over nearly 3m last time; others appeal more.

6/1

4th

1

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 149y

Class 5

13:15 Newcastle

So Many Roads

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

Scored on handicap debut at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in January and ran well for a long way when sixth of 19 at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) on recent seasonal reappearance; could easily have untapped potential over today's longer trip; high on the list.

3/1

Form: 7-0945

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Point winner (two finishers); no wins as yet over hurdles and his close fourth on handicap debut at Hexham in December (2m4f, heavy) came off a modest mark; hard pushed to figure this time.

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4

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:20 Catterick

Storm Tiger

11st 4lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Stella Barclay

Some creditable efforts early last year when switched to fences and he's on a handy mark on that form; however, he hasn't been at the same level on his two outings this season and needs something extra today.

12/1

5th

5

22nd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:50 Uttoxeter

Storm Tiger

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Stella Barclay

0-13 under rules but ran fairly well on last month's seasonal debut at Sedgefield (3m3f, soft) and is now 5lb lower than when placed in quite valuable series final at Carlisle (2m4f, heavy) in March; a possible.

10/1

5th

3

28th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

12:50 Sedgefield

Storm Tiger

11st 7lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Stella Barclay

0-12 under rules and his stamina for this far is not guaranteed as the ground was good when he was beaten about 9l over 3m at Bangor in April when last seen; perhaps best watched back from a break.

5/1

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W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Mostly well held in Irish points (from five completions); sold for £18,000 in December; looks up against it now hurdling.

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11th

9

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:57 Carlisle

Heritier De Sivola

11st 1lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

A revelations since these cheekpieces went on in February, finishing second to Camp Belan at Ayr before rattling off three heavy-ground wins last month (2m7f/3m); had just a head to spare from Camp Belan at Hexham 16 days ago but he could still have more to offer in the headgear; on the shortlist.

5/1

1st

4

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

15:20 Hexham

Heritier De Sivola

11st 2lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

A revelation since cheekpieces were fitted last month and bids to complete a very quick hat-trick after comfortable heavy-ground wins over C&D and at Newcastle (2m7f); still ahead of the handicapper under his 14lb penalty and has very obvious claims.

4/5

1st

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

15:47 Newcastle

Heritier De Sivola

11st 8lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

2m6f hurdle winner (soft) last season, when 3lb higher; showed little on his first three starts over fences but has shown improvement the last twice and looks well treated under a penalty for his wide-margin success at Hexham (3m, heavy) on Thursday; respected.

4/5

Form: 1-23

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Good-ground bumper winner last April and ran well in defeat here in November (good to soft); hurdle debut third at Newcastle was respectable without being eye-catching and he needs to come on a good deal.

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3rd

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

15:50 Newcastle

Geordies Dream

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Pauline Robson

in touch with leaders, steady headway from 6th, briefly went second when mistake 3 out, weakened quickly approaching last

11/8

2nd

12

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:32 Carlisle

Geordies Dream

10st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Pauline Robson

midfield, lost position and pushed along briefly after 4th

7/1

3rd

3

10th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 5

14:45 Hexham

Geordies Dream

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Pauline Robson

in rear, headway after 2 out

11/2

Form: 3-224

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has acquitted himself well against promising rivals in bumpers and on hurdle debut at Navan last month (2m4f, yielding) where he didn't give way lightly after making the running, then came back for more on the flat (no headgear; first-time tongue-tie now added to refitted hood); non-runner at Punchestown on Sunday; has potential.

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0

2

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 148y

15:35 Punchestown

The Flier Begley

11st 12lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

Kept on to win a beginners' chase over just short of 2m4f at Down Royal last May; ordinary form since, best effort when third off his lower hurdles mark at Navan in November; pulled up at the same venue in a Listed handicap chase; second in a three-runner contest at Ayr last time.

4/1

2nd

1

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

13:35 Ayr

The Flier Begley

12st 0lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

held up in last, went second 3 out, kept on but no chance with winner from 2 out

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 6

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

11-1, tailed-off last of six on hurdle debut at Hexham in December; is one to watch this time.

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13th

3

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

13:55 Ayr

Fast Scenic

11st 7lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: James Ewart

11-1, tailed-off last of six on hurdle debut at Hexham in December; is one to watch this time.

66/1

5

9th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Fast Scenic

10st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: James Ewart

£18,000 3yo; 13th foal; half-brother to six winners, chiefly on the Flat, although Doctor Deejay was a useful hurdler; tailed off on yesterday's debut at Hexham and best watched if turned out swiftly.

6th

3

8th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

14:20 Hexham

Fast Scenic

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: James Ewart

£18,000 3yo; 13th foal; half-brother to six winners, chiefly on the Flat, although Doctor Deejay was a useful hurdler; makes debut having had wind op and with Brian Hughes booked; one to watch in the betting.

20/1

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Last run:

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dam bred four winners, including smart Shantou Magic; 6-1 for Irish point debut in November but slipped up after four out; more experienced rivals likely to have the edge this time.

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3rd

2

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

15:22 Carlisle

Jet Legs

11st 13lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Martin Todhunter

Enjoying a progressive novice chase campaign and won here (3m, heavy) in February; 7l second to improving winner at Newcastle (2m7f, heavy) last time and his surplus stamina may be no bad thing on the testing ground; chance.

6/1

2nd

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:12 Newcastle

Jet Legs

11st 4lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Martin Todhunter

pressed leader, led at steady pace 2nd, briefly headed after 9th, headed 13th, soon disputing lead, went clear with winner 3 out, no extra before last

9/4

1st

6

19th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:00 Carlisle

Jet Legs

11st 4lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Martin Todhunter

Progressive staying hurdler last season and also has an improving profile over fences, winning at Newcastle (2m7f, good) in December before good second at Kelso (2m7f, soft); should be suited by this stiff test; key player.

5/2

Form: 880

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Well beaten in all three bumpers last year; has a stiff task now hurdling.

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4th

8

4th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

13:50 Kelso

The Real Rascal

11st 0lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Jackie Stephen

Well beaten in all three bumpers last year and was pulled up at 300-1 on his hurdling debut at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in February.

13

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

13:55 Ayr

The Real Rascal

11st 7lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Jackie Stephen

Well beaten in all three bumpers last year; has a stiff task now hurdling.

150/1

13th

10

14th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 5

15:15 Catterick

The Real Rascal

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

Well beaten on first two starts and can't be recommended.

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £881.00
Straight Forecast £848.30
Trifecta £7427.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

The Flier Begley

Telegraph:

Your Own Story

TOPSPEED:

Charm Offensive

Daily Express:

Gaillimh A Stor

Daily Record:

Geordies Dream

Daily Mirror:

Gaillimh A Stor

Daily Mail:

Your Own Story

The Sun:

Your Own Story

POSTDATA:

Charm Offensive

The Star:

Charm Offensive

RP Ratings:

The Flier Begley

The Times:

The Flier Begley

The Guardian:

The Flier Begley