February 15 / 16.15 Ayr

16.15 Ayr Heavy

Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Chase (Go North Red Rum Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £2818.3
  • 3m 0f 20y
  • Class 5
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 6m 50s
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Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Chase (Go North Red Rum Series Qualifier)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 5-5P21

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
No match for an easy winner at Newcastle (2m4f, soft) on penultimate start but responded well for pressure when justifying favouritism at Leicester (2m4f, good) subsequently; set to carry plenty of weight from a 6lb higher mark; was successful over 3m during point-to-point days.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

5

27th Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:43 Carlisle

Just Don’t Know

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Paul Robson

Narrowly prevailed in a couple of Class 5s and very nearly brought up the hat-trick in a Class 4 at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) when only worn down late on; lightly raced for his age and still progressing.

6/1

2nd

5

8th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:30 Newcastle

Just Don’t Know

11st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Paul Robson

On a hat-trick after gutsy wins at Leicester (2m4f, good) and Ayr (3m, heavy); up 11lb for those successes and takes a rise in grade; respected nonetheless.

9/2

1st

1

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:15 Ayr

Just Don’t Know

11st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Paul Robson

No match for an easy winner at Newcastle (2m4f, soft) on penultimate start but responded well for pressure when justifying favouritism at Leicester (2m4f, good) subsequently; set to carry plenty of weight from a 6lb higher mark; was successful over 3m during point-to-point days.

100/30

11/2

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 652-4P BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Shaped well for much of the race when a weakening fourth on stable debut at Hexham (2m4f, heavy; first-time cheekpieces) in December; bitterly disappointing - never travelling or jumping and eventually pulled up - when favourite at Newcastle (Just Don't Know second) subsequently; 3lb lower.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

17th Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

13:45 Hexham

Shaka The King

11st 8lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Yet to win over fences but was a good second to an in-form rival on first run over 3m at Ayr last time (heavy) and the fourth has won since; 3lb higher but the one to beat.

7/4

2nd

4

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:15 Ayr

Shaka The King

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Shaped well for much of the race when a weakening fourth on stable debut at Hexham (2m4f, heavy; first-time cheekpieces) in December; bitterly disappointing - never travelling or jumping and eventually pulled up - when favourite at Newcastle (Just Don't Know second) subsequently; 3lb lower.

11/2

6

8th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

15:08 Newcastle

Shaka The King

11st 5lb

Beaten about 15l when fourth on last month's chase and stable debut at Hexham (2m4f, heavy), but ran well for a long way and this very lightly raced 8yo could improve for that first outing since April, when he ran well here on his handicap hurdle debut (2m7f, good); on the shortlist.

9/4

Form: 63U413 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Broke his duck when successful from a 4lb lower mark at Kelso (2m7f, good to soft) in January before finishing a valiant third at Carlisle (3m, soft) last week; appeals as the type to run his race over a trip that clearly suits, and that makes him more appealing than many of the others.
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Verdict Starting price

8

17th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:33 Hexham

To The Limit

10st 11lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Stuart Coltherd

Prominent-racer who has kept reasonable fettle over fences, finishing second over a marathon trip (3m3f; 12-1) at Sedgefield last time; hasn't raced over hurdles since early 2021 (0-3), so although others are more appealing, it'll be mildly interesting to see how he fares.

10/1

2nd

6

8th Apr 2022

Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

17:08 Sedgefield

To The Limit

11st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Stuart Coltherd

11

27th Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:43 Carlisle

To The Limit

10st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Stuart Coltherd

Won at Kelso in January (2m7f, good to soft) and wasn't far away from following up here the following month; below par last time though and he's a long way out of the weights today.

20/1

Form: /39502 C

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Sole career win came over hurdles here in January 2019; is lightly weighted and caught the eye when finishing off strongly from a difficult position when reverting to chasing at Carlisle (3m, soft; second) last week; possibilities, even acknowledging a relative lack of fencing experience.
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Verdict Starting price

1st

7

7th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

16:40 Wetherby

Magic Of Milan

10st 5lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sam England

Has an inconsistent profile and was well beaten at Ayr (3m, heavy) about three weeks ago; however, he lost a shoe and that run may have come too soon, just eight days after a good second at Carlisle (3m, soft); enters calculations on that penultimate effort.

12/1

4th

7

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:15 Ayr

Magic Of Milan

10st 3lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sam England

Sole career win came over hurdles here in January 2019; is lightly weighted and caught the eye when finishing off strongly from a difficult position when reverting to chasing at Carlisle (3m, soft; second) last week; possibilities, even acknowledging a relative lack of fencing experience.

8/1

2nd

7

7th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 5

13:35 Carlisle

Magic Of Milan

10st 0lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sam England

Nearly two years ago when runner-up in a 2m5f handicap here on her chasing debut but she finished tailed off back here later that month and has been confined to hurdling ever since; recent form none too inspiring.

14/1

Form: 3/3-22 BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced (0-7 rules); beaten by a stablemate here in November on return from a lengthy absence, and probably a shade unfortunate to taste defeat behind an improving If Not For Dylan here (2m4f, soft; made a costly late mistake) subsequently; 3lb higher today; big player if staying 3m.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

12th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 197y

Class 4

14:05 Ayr

Destiny Is All

10st 8lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

1st

6

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Destiny Is All

10st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Can be considered a little unlucky not to have won this season, collared on the line over C&D (soft) in January having looked well in control until a mistake at the second last; seemingly going well when falling four out back here (3m) since; jumping has to be slight concern but there's little doubt he's capable of winning off this mark.

7/4

2

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:15 Ayr

Destiny Is All

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Lightly raced (0-7 rules); beaten by a stablemate here in November on return from a lengthy absence, and probably a shade unfortunate to taste defeat behind an improving If Not For Dylan here (2m4f, soft; made a costly late mistake) subsequently; 3lb higher today; big player if staying 3m.

2/1

OUR TIP

Form: PF-2P4 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
C&D winner (October 2020); wore cheekpieces when runner-up at Hexham (3m) in November but was visibly tiring from the second last fence in this refitted visor at Bangor (3m, heavy; fourth) latest; edging back down the weights (a further 3lb) and ever closer to his last winning mark.
Place /
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

7

11th Apr 2022

Soft

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

14:40 Hexham

Asking For Answers

11st 2lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Martin Todhunter

3

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:15 Ayr

Asking For Answers

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Martin Todhunter

C&D winner (October 2020); wore cheekpieces when runner-up at Hexham (3m) in November but was visibly tiring from the second last fence in this refitted visor at Bangor (3m, heavy; fourth) latest; edging back down the weights (a further 3lb) and ever closer to his last winning mark.

11/1

4th

10

13th Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 5y

Class 4

14:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Asking For Answers

10st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Martin Todhunter

Won twice on slow ground last season (3m) and made satisfactory reappearance when second (albeit flattered by bare form) at Hexham (3m good to soft) in November; can easily be excused defeat from long way out of the weights last month but others here look a bit stronger; visor refitted.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £353.00
Straight Forecast £344.10
Trifecta £981.00

Selections

The Times:

Destiny Is All

SPOTLIGHT:

To The Limit

The Guardian:

Just Don't Know

Daily Express:

Shaka The King

Telegraph:

Destiny Is All

Daily Mail:

Destiny Is All

Daily Mirror:

Destiny Is All

The Star:

Destiny Is All

Daily Record:

Destiny Is All

The Sun:

Just Don't Know

RP Ratings:

To The Limit

TOPSPEED:

To The Limit

POSTDATA:

To The Limit