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14:30 Ayr

Heavy

Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (Go North Monet’s Garden Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4683.56
  • 2m 4f 110y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 5m 43s
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Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (Go North Monet’s Garden Series Qualifier)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 2-5656 C

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Chase wins over 2m (here) and 2m4f at Carlisle; beaten 25l+ in three of his four races this season, albeit 3m2f proved too far last month; continues to drop in the weights but not in the same form as last spring.

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3

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

13:17 Ayr

Ard Chros

11st 11lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Won three in a row early last year (2m/2m4f, good to soft-heavy; including here); has dropped below his last winning mark and he's one to watch in the betting, but this 11yo has struggled on his last three starts (two this winter) and a major turnaround is needed.

12/1

1

13th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 4

14:20 Sedgefield

Ard Chros

12st 1lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Won three in a row last February/March (2m-2m4f, good to soft-heavy) but ended last season with a disappointing effort and also ran poorly when back in action last month; comes here with quite a bit to prove; swaps cheekpieces for refitted blinkers.

25/1

8th

5

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 3

15:00 Ayr

Ard Chros

11st 2lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

held up in rear, hit 12th, soon pushed along

9/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 09O036

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Ran well from the front in only his second handicap chase, at Carlisle in December (2m, soft), but despite having won a 3m Irish point, his finishing was weak over 2m3f at Catterick after Christmas; lesser claims.

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3rd

6

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

16:00 Newcastle

Broomfields Kan

10st 4lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

in touch with leaders, prominent 7th, slightly hampered 8th, led narrowly 9th

6/1

5th

6

30th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Broomfields Kan

10st 7lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

18-race rules maiden but he's shown some fair form this year and didn't see out 3m here a fortnight ago; 2m4f on heavy ground could be his ideal conditions and he's one to consider off a reduced mark.

11/2

3rd

6

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

14:30 Hexham

Broomfields Kan

11st 0lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

17-race maiden; fair efforts at Ayr on last two starts; goes well on testing ground, on a career-low mark but yet to prove conclusively that he stays 3m.

9/1

7/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: -50302 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 11lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Mixed record over fences and hurdles in Ireland since the start of 2021 and although he ran well back over fences at Down Royal recently (2m4f, yielding) he has a 12lb higher mark to contend with here.

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8th

13

1st May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 2f 50y

15:55 Down Royal

Wee Small Hours

10st 0lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: M M Rice

held up in rear, some headway when not fluent 5 out

33/1

21th

24

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 130y

16:52 Naas

Wee Small Hours

10st 13lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: M M Rice

Veteran and inconsistent these days but it was a good run when fourth behind Longhouse Poet last time; not ruled out back over timber.

8/1

4th

8

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Wee Small Hours

11st 0lb

J: Dillon Maxwell

T: M M Rice

towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 12th, good jump to lead 13th, bad mistake and jockey lost irons 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out

200/1

Form: 444712 CD BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Fitting a hood has helped on last two starts and was given a confident ride by William Shanahan when winning a shade cosily over C&D (soft) in January before only just losing out over 3m at Wetherby; back up a further 4lb but highly likely to go well again.

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1st

11

28th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:05 Perth

If Not For Dylan

11st 2lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Andrew Hamilton

Sedgefield winner (2m3f+, cheekpieces on for first time) in January but not quite as good twice since; has won at 3m around here but ability to stay this trip has to be taken on trust.

16/1

7th

2

26th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Carlisle

If Not For Dylan

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Andrew Hamilton

Won in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) at Sedgefield (2m3f, good to soft) and bumped into a much-improved winner when a well-beaten second at Haydock (2m4f, good to soft) last time; has shown promise on soft/heavy ground; second in this last year and could be in the mix.

5/1

2nd

10

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

If Not For Dylan

11st 1lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Andrew Hamilton

Returned to form back on better ground in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Sedgefield (2m3f, good to soft) recently, winning by 2l; 5lb higher in this better race but could have more to offer in the headgear.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 84-232 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Four wins in France, most recently in late 2018; running well enough at about this trip since back from summer break, albeit unfortunate to bump into an improved one (who followed up off 9lb higher) at Wetherby last month; thereabouts but a couple of these are in particularly good form.

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4th

4

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:30 Perth

Caboy

11st 1lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Off the mark in Britain when arriving late at Wetherby last month (2m5f, good); his Newcastle second (2m4f, heavy) off this 3lb higher mark was no backward step and this belated return to further shouldn't be too big an issue.

9/4

2nd

1

29th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

14:25 Newcastle

Caboy

12st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Quite consistent and off the mark in Britain at the 18th attempt when swooping late at Wetherby this month; 3lb rise neither here nor there and expert at completing but overall record suggests he may prove vulnerable.

6/4

1st

5

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 5f 75y

Class 5

14:05 Wetherby

Caboy

11st 3lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

10l runner-up at Kelso (2m5f, heavy) in January and occupied the same position at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) a fortnight ago; also effective on good ground; however, it looked to be a weak race last time and this 11yo is now 0-17 since arriving from France; may again find some others to be too good.

11/2

Form: P8-7P1 C

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

1-1 over fences here; had poor 2021 but back on most recent winning mark when breezing home from a subsequent winner at Newcastle last month (2m4f, soft); up 8lb but has won off 10lb higher than today; respected.

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6th

5

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:30 Perth

Knocknamona

10st 13lb

J: Joshua Thompson

T: Micky Hammond

Has won over 3m in the distant past but usually kept to shorter these days and has struggled the last twice after edging up the weights; bit to prove on a couple of counts.

8/1

9

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Carlisle

Knocknamona

10st 4lb

J: Joshua Thompson

T: Micky Hammond

Winner over this trip at Newcastle in January (soft) and over C&D the following month (good to soft); lesser run last time but not without a chance.

8/1

6th

7

26th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Carlisle

Knocknamona

10st 3lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Easy win at Newcastle (2m4f, soft) in January and got up late to follow up over this C&D (good to soft) last month, despite carrying his tail awkwardly; this 12yo could again be bang there if his good form continues.

6/1

Form: 847-P6

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Latest win off 4lb higher in 2019 (2m, heavy; has form at up to 2m7f); swings and roundabouts since but although weakening in first-time blinkers (retained) at Catterick on latest he might still have needed the run; not dismissed back at 2m4f.

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10

17th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:25 Hexham

Mymilan

10st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Sliding down the weights at a rate of knots but didn't get far at Ayr (unseated rider) on penultimate start, and failed to beat a rival at Catterick latest; risky on that basis.

16/1

4

11th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

15:40 Newcastle

Mymilan

10st 8lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Mark in freefall but he hardly showed enough when last of five at Catterick ten days ago to suggest he's in good enough form to capitalise.

16/1

7

2nd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 5

14:20 Musselburgh

Mymilan

10st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sandy Thomson

Ran well for a long way when sixth at Catterick (3m1f, soft) in December but he's inconsistent and was soundly beaten back at Catterick (1m7f, soft) yesterday.

12/1

Form: 2-PP58 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Can't seem to find his way at present, even for Brian Hughes last month, but is still worth keeping an eye on as he's well treated on his form at about 2m4f on heavy early last year.

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12

20th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

13:58 Uttoxeter

Newberry New

10st 2lb

J: John Kington

T: Harriet Bethell

Good runs were very scarce last season and he was down the field on his recent reappearance at Sedgefield; 5lb out of the handicap today but on the sole previous occasion he wore these blinkers he was runner-up at Leicester in March, and that form worked out very well; interesting.

20/1

7th

9

3rd Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

14:20 Sedgefield

Newberry New

10st 11lb

J: John Kington

T: Harriet Bethell

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, slow jump 2nd, in rear from 3rd, shaken up before 9th, pushed along before 13th

12/1

2nd

6

11th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

13:00 Leicester

Newberry New

10st 6lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Harriet Bethell

Suited by soft/heavy; looks well handicapped, having finished second off 19lb higher in this race 12 months ago; poor record this season but the switch to blinkers (from usual cheekpieces) may spark a revival.

10/1

Form: 6903P

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Well beaten/pulled up in staying handicap chases in December; has had wind surgery since last seen and perhaps the return to shorter will help; not easy to enthuse, however.

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7th

12

17th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:25 Hexham

Choctaw Brave

10st 6lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tim Reed

Still relatively early days over fences (0-3); was still in contention on return from wind surgery when falling four out at Ayr (2m4f, 12-1) last month; is lowly weighted; place chance granted a clear round.

8/1

9

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:30 Ayr

Choctaw Brave

10st 3lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tim Reed

Well beaten/pulled up in staying handicap chases in December; has had wind surgery since last seen and perhaps the return to shorter will help; not easy to enthuse, however.

25/1

6

1st Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

14:45 Catterick

Choctaw Brave

11st 4lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tim Reed

Placed several times in Irish points in 2019/20 but he has been well held in his first five runs under rules, pulled up at 28-1 in a handicap chase at Uttoxeter (3m, heavy) on Friday.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £751.00
Straight Forecast £761.90
Tricast £8338.10
Trifecta £5620.00

Selections

The Times:

If Not For Dylan

SPOTLIGHT:

Knocknamona

The Guardian:

Caboy

POSTDATA:

Ard Chros

RP Ratings:

Newberry New

Daily Mail:

If Not For Dylan

Daily Express:

If Not For Dylan

Daily Mirror:

If Not For Dylan

The Sun:

If Not For Dylan

Daily Record:

Caboy

Telegraph:

Knocknamona

The Star:

Knocknamona